Curse of the Golden Flower (Blu-ray)

Curse of the Golden Flower (Blu-ray) 2007

China, Later Tang Dynasty, 10th Century. On the eve of the Chong Yang Festival, golden flowers fill the Imperial Palace. The Emperor (Chow Yun Fat) returns unexpectedly with his second son, Prince Jai (Jay Chou) but there are chilled relations between the Emp…
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China, Later Tang Dynasty, 10th Century. On the eve of the Chong Yang Festival, golden flowers fill the Imperial Palace. The Emperor (Chow Yun Fat) returns unexpectedly with his second son, Prince Jai (Jay Chou) but there are chilled relations between the Emperor and the ailing Empress (Gong Li). Amid the glamour and grandeur of the festival, ugly secrets are revealed. As the Imperial Family continues its elaborate charade, thousands of golden armored warriors charge the palace. Who is behind this brutal rebellion? Where do Prince Jai's loyalties lie? Against a moonlit night, thousands of chrysanthemum blossoms are trampled as blood spills across the Imperial Palace.

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  • I found this film unbelievably entertaining. Zhang Yimou once again provides an artfully made action film, full of taut domestic drama and some truly exhilarating fight scenes. Chow Yun Fat is excellent as the domineering emperor, while Gong Li is truly impressive as his unfortunate empress. The sets and costumes here are particularly good, the colour outstanding. There are a couple of bad CGI shots, but the majority of the film is visually breathtaking.

  • Chinese movie with English subtitles. Around 1000 extras have been used to film the battle scenes. Gong Li is beautiful as an empress. The story is on a cruel side but probably that is actually how things worked in those times, poisoning was a common tool, just like polonium is today :) It was interesting to read on the internet (after viewing the film) about the fashion of Tang Dynasty, at first I imagined that the film can not be correct, such low cut dresses (decolletage) but actually women of high status were allowed to wear dresses like that apparently! I still have doubts regarding the make up worn by Gong Li, it does not seem historically correct, but after all, what do I really know about fashions of Tang Dynasty? The answer is not much! Worth viewing for all the opulence and gold, etc. One of the biggest Chinese film productions ever!

    Eva