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Reviews/Movies: Foreign/Curse of the Golden Flower

Yimou Zhang
2 reviews
Monday May 21, 2007 - 5:38 AM


The guy bangs his step mom, very wierd, couldn't get into it.

Wednesday January 17, 2007 - 1:15 PM


Curse of the Golden Flower is a chinese period epic by Yimou Zhang staring Gong Li and Chow Yun Fat.

It takes place in a fictionally sexualized Tang Dynasty - I've never seen so much cleavage in a chinese period film! and is about betrayals, love, treason, etc. within the royal family.

I've always been lukewarm to Zhang's film plots (from Hero onwards, I was a fan of Raise the Red Lantern and Shanghai Triad, etc) but this one was comparatively fleshed out and intricate - ie. he didn't rely solely on his beautiful imagery and fight choreography to get him through (though that was present and very good too).

Doesn't take a genius to figure out that Art Direction cost a bundle, the costumes were beautiful and the inside of the palace a colourful array that damn near jumps off the screen. Memorable cinematography as always. The battle scenes are to epic proportions reminding me of Lord of the Rings, but still good. It's a little slow at the start but does begin to hold your attention as you want to find out what happens next.

The film is in Mandarin (which I don't speak), but the translation is decent. If you have some cultural understanding it helps to further appreciate the film. The performances were good, though both leads probably weren't utilized to the extents of their talents (which admittedly is hard to do when you have world class actors as such - kinda like writing a script that uses Jack Nicholson or Judi Dench to their full extent... not an easy thing) what they did put forth really contributed to the overall movie. I think this is the best film Yimou Zhang has made since Hero.