Curse of the Golden Flower

Curse of the Golden Flower

Director: Zhang Yimou Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li, Jay Chou
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Curse of the Golden Flower

A dying love between two powerful people leads to deceit, infidelity, and conspiracy in this epic-scale historical drama from director Zhang Yimou. During the latter days of the Tang dynasty, the Emperor (Chow Yun-Fat) returns home from the war with his son Prince Jai (Jay Chou) in tow. However, the monarch gets a chilly reception from the Empress (Gong Li); though she's eager to see her son, her marriage has become deeply acrimonious, and she's taken a lover, Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye), her stepson from the Emperor's first marriage. The Emperor, meanwhile, has his own plan for dealing with his failing marriage -- he's ordered the Imperial Doctor (Ni Dahong) to find an exotic drug that will drive the Empress insane and administer it to her without her knowledge. However, the doctor's ethical dilemma is intensified by the fact his daughter Chan (Li Man) has fallen in love with Crown Prince Wan and the two wish to elope. As the Emperor and Empress allow their estrangement to sink into violence and retribution, their youngest son, Prince Yu (Qin Junjie), struggles to keep the peace in the household. Curse of the Golden Flower (aka Man Cheng Jim Dai Huang Jin Jia) received its North American premiere at the 2006 American Film Institute Los Angeles Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2007
UPC: 0043396167261
Original Release: 2006
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 1,610

Special Features

Secrets within: Making-of-featurette; Los Angeles Premiere

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chow Yun-Fat Emperor Ping
Gong Li Empress Phoenix
Jay Chou Prince Jay
Liu Ye Crown Prince Wan
Chen Jin Mrs. Jang (Imperial Doctor's Wife)
Ni Dahong Imperial Physician Jiang
Li Man Jang Chan
Qin Junjie Prince Yu
Guo Changhui Actor
Feng Bai Actor
Li Ming Actor
Guo Jiukong Actor
Wang Cong Actor
Chen Xinhua Actor
Hong Zonghan Actor
Feng Dinghong Actor
Chen Xiaoyi Actor
Sun Menging Actor
Zhang Shihan Actor
Hou Jingkun Actor
Song Huiru Actor
Li Yufei Actor
Zhang Jiao Actor
Ge Dan Actor
Li Shuang Actor
Liu Shanshan Actor
Zhang Jihang Actor
Liu Wanting Actor
Wang Lanqi Actor
Hu Pan Actor
Yu Tingting Actor
Li Sisi Actor
Zhang Yu Actor
Liu Yang Actor
Li Lu Actor
Li Jingfei Actor
Ai Lisen Actor
Xi Sailan Actor
Yang Ziu-Neng Actor
Liu Weijie Actor
Zhang Wen Actor
Liu Shabai Actor
Liu Xiaohui Actor
Shu Aiqin Actor
Zeng Yali Actor
Li Junxi Actor
Li Xianjie Actor
Wang Jinbo Actor
Sun Quan Actor
Li Yang Actor
Zhu Guarangyu Actor
Yang Zeyu Actor
Wang Xingye Actor
Gao Yudong Actor
Jiang Houli Actor
Li Geng Actor
Liu Zhengeng Actor
Liu Lianyuan Actor
Shi Renshan Actor
Jiao Lianshi Actor
Cong Shusheng Actor
Ling Daiying Actor
Wang Hongsheng Actor
Zhang Hua Actor
Huo Guangxi Actor
Liu Chunyu Actor
Sheng Honglin Actor
Zhang Yide Actor
Zhang Ziaoqing Actor
Shi Chuan Actor
Mao Yangming Actor

Technical Credits
Zhang Yimou Director,Screenwriter
Dong Chengguang Art Director
Yee Chung-man Costumes/Costume Designer
Wen Deguang Camera Operator
Liu Guonan Asst. Director
Sun Hongwu Art Director
Liu Jianping Makeup
Bill Kong Producer
Raymond Lam Camera Operator
Cheng Long Editor
Fu Lulu Asst. Director
Zong Minxuan Art Director
Wu Nan Screenwriter
Zang Qwu Asst. Director
Huo Tingxiao Production Designer
Ching Siu Tung Action Director
Zhang Weiping Producer
Sun Wongwu Art Director
Zhao Xiaoding Cinematographer
Wei Xinhua Art Director
Liang Yu Asst. Director
Man Yun-ling Makeup
Zhang Zhenyan Associate Producer
Bian Zhihong Screenwriter

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Curse of the Golden Flower 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RobbieBobby44 More than 1 year ago
HERO was spectacular and House of Flying Daggers was pretty cool, but this movie bests them with ease. Here we have a more Shakespearean level of tragedy, intrigue, plotting, deceit and sordid histories uncovered, all within one entrancing location - the palace of the royal family during one of China's dynasties. Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li were riveting as the Emperor and Empress, and all three of their sons were also perfectly cast. Liu Ye is particularly impressive - see him in Purple Butterfly, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As most of reviewers agree, this movie is so impressive visually. The coloring of the costumes, buildings, backgrounds, and scenery are amazing. (Especially in HDTV !) I enjoyed the plot and the manipulation of the royal family. However, if you watch action films, you know what is coming in the movie. The movie rolls slowly, but it is interesting to watch as the Emperor and Empress plot against each other, though you see more of the inner workings of the Empress. I definitely was expecting more martial arts in the film for some reason, but that did not happen all that much. Though the few scenes were cool, it did not have the consistency of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" or " House of Flying Daggers". Chow Yun Fat is fine in the film, but I wish he had more screen time. He is definitely one of my favorite Asian actors. His arrogance as the Emperor at times were amusing at times, especially when he was stroking his chin whiskers. All in all, it was an entertaining, visually stimulating film, but again if you are looking for an action-packed Martial Arts film, then go buy Hero or Crouching Tiger !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yimou Zhang once again produces a work that retains his position as one of the master builders of contemporary cinema. His ability to capture an intricate story historically based in a setting of splendor is up there with the great filmmakers. CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER is no exception. The time of the story is the Tang Dynasty, one of the more corrupt and cruel periods in Chinese history. Emperor Ping (Chow Yun Fat) has married a princess from the neighboring province, becoming Empress Phoenix (Gong Li) and in addition to becoming stepmother to the Emperor's firs-born son (Ye Liu), she bears him two additional sons (Jay Chou and Junjie Qin). Attending the palace is a doctor (Dahong Nim) and his wife (Jin Chen) who figure significantly in the family's destiny. Each of these dysfunctional family members has secrets that could destroy an empire. The Empress is clearly the titular head of the kingdom and her wily manipulations and incestuous relationships are controlled only by her doses of a medicine that is supposed to make her insane. The boils on the body of the ruling family fester until great wars break out and the royal family is revealed to be the strangely bizarre group they are. The story works (though admittedly it is often difficult to follow) because of a brilliant cast and a pacing from the director that almost matches the glory of the visual production that seems to keep growing on the screen, like a huge garden bearing more color and moods as the story progresses. Yimou Zhang is a visual artist and choreographer but he is also a man with the gift of finding the cores of his characters beneath all the glorious trappings of this films. Grady Harp
Yu_For_Romance More than 1 year ago
I am going to say right now, flat out, that I love this movie more than Crouching Tiger, House of Flying Daggers, and even Hero - combined. While the movie is lacking in the amount of martial arts action typical of other movies in the genre, it makes up for it (at least for me) in mental stimulation. Despite its tragic ending, this movie wraps up perfectly, beautifully, and absolutely ironically. In retrospect, I am often surprised by how much I am pleased by the way this movie ends. It is like taking thousands of strings to weave an epic tapestry, only for the design to come out backwards. While films like Crouching Tiger had me sobbing and hoping never to lay eyes on it again (no matter how visually stimulating, or poetic the story), this movie instead had me laughing even into the next day. The story itself is complicated enough that trying to communicate it to others becomes a trial. However, watching the webs of the relationships between all the characters play out is extremely pleasing. Naturally, the visual elements of the film play a large role, to the point that you may experience slight discomfort from too many bright colors assaulting your eyes all at once. The fact that this movie got clearance to film in the forbidden city, may well be enough reason to check it out. Now, if what you are looking for is an action packed martial arts movie, this is not the film for you. That is not to say there is no martial arts, it is just not the central feature of this film. If, however, you can appreciate a beautifully ironic tale with a (albeit morbidly) hilarious ending, well, you're in the right place.
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