Curse of the Golden Flower

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2007

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Director:
Yimou Zhang
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Curse of the Golden Flower is a beautiful Chinese martial arts drama by famous director Zhang Yimou. Set in ancient China's imperial court, the Emperor Ping (Chow Yun-Fat) returns home after combat. He hopes to celebrate Double Ninth Festival with his family. He is distant with his wife, the Empress Phoenix (Li Gong), who is ill. Empress Phoenix and Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye), her stepson, have had a discreet affair. Prince Wan, however, hopes to escape to be with his true love, Jiang Chan (Li Man), who is the doctor's daughter. Emperor Ping's second son, Prince Jai (Jay Chou), is a general and is loyal to his father. During the festival, Empress Phoenix becomes obsessed with golden chrysanthemums and has the palace filled with them, hoping that they will help cure what ails her. Secrets are kept and many betrayals are revealed while the festival provides a beautiful backdrop.

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A period spectacle, steeped in awesome splendor and lethal palace intrigue, it climaxes in a stupendous battle scene and epic tragedy.

  • 80

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Since his debut in 1987 with "Red Sorghum" Mr. Zhang has made more controlled films but never one that's more fun. With Curse of the Golden Flower he aims for Shakespeare and winds...

  • 60

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Zhang Yimou's strangest and most troubled film, abounds in hysterical, mannered Tang Dynasty-era palace intrigue and dehumanized CGI battle sequences.

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Historical, Martial Arts, Love & Romance, Foreign Language