Christian Bale leads the film from director Zhang Yimou, perhaps best known for Hero and House of Flying Daggers and has this for a synopsis,
The film, set during the Japanese invasion of China, is told from a young girl’s point of view, not as a history lesson, but as an intimate, elemental and paradoxically universal celebration of the human spirit. Bale stars as a dissolute Westerner who seeks refuge in a Catholic Church. There he meets a beautiful Chinese courtesan who helps him rescue a group of schoolgirls from a terrible fate at the hands of the Japanese.
Here’s the clip, all the way from Collider,
And a special bonus, here’s Zhang Yimou’s wonderfully irreverent contriubtion to the film Lumiere and Company.