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Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (original title)
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During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Zhihong Bian (as Zhi-Hong Bian), Yu Cao (play) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Emperor Ping
Li Gong ... Empress Phoenix
Jay Chou ... Prince Jai
Ye Liu ... Crown Prince Wan
Dahong Ni ... Jiang / Imperial Physician
Junjie Qin ... Yu / Prince
Man Li ... Jiang Chan
Jin Chen ... Mrs. Jiang
Aaron C. Shang Aaron C. Shang ... Liang / Prince (as Aaron Shang)
Liam O'Brien ... Prince Jai (voice)
Yuri Lowenthal ... Prince Yu (voice)
Siran Ge Siran Ge ... Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisen Ai Lisen Ai ... Performer
Xiaoyi Chen ... Performer
Xinhua Chen Xinhua Chen ... Performer
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Storyline

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). His pretext is to celebrate the holiday with his family, but given the chilled relations between the Emperor and the ailing Empress (Gong Li), this seems disingenuous. For many years, the Empress and Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye), her stepson, have had an illicit liaison. Feeling trapped, Prince Wan dreams of escaping the palace with his secret love Chan (Li Man), the Imperial Doctor's daughter. Meanwhile, Prince Jai, the faithful son, grows worried over the Empress's health and her obsession with golden chrysanthemums. Could she be headed down an ominous path? The Emperor harbors equally clandestine plans; the Imperial Doctor (Ni Dahong) is the only one privy to his machinations. When the Emperor senses a looming threat, he relocates the doctor's family from the Palace to a ... Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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Father knows best. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

12 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City of Golden Armor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$489,000, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$6,566,773

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,568,977
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although sometimes not noticeable, each actor is dressed in 4-5 layers of clothing, sometimes 5-6 layers. Each layer is meticulously embroidered. See more »

Goofs

Given Chan leaves the inn almost immediately after Wan does, why does it take so long for her to reach the palace? (Consider everything that happens to Wan after he arrives back but before Chan arrives.) See more »

Quotes

Emperor Ping: What I do not give, you must never take by force.
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Alternate Versions

The UK version had to have 4 seconds removed from it to remove illegal horse falls that contravened that country's Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »

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Version of Thunderstorm (1997) See more »

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Curse of the Golden Flower
Written by Jay Chou
Performed by Adam S. Shen
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Fascinating movie-opera of rotting decadence
13 January 2007 | by theptsSee all my reviews

Me and my girlfriend watched this in Guangzhou, China. It isn't exactly a feel-good movie..

It's hard to describe what this film does, without spoiling the movie. And that structure is it's strength. Suffice to say, this is a very strongly woven movie, a movie where direction and production are the stars.

And that is also "Curse of the golden flower"'s weakness. This is, after all, a movie. Moviegoers are used to seeing the full spectrum of a movie; varied scenery and ambiance, multiple stories, realistic characters, a realistic society portrait, and so on. Certainly, this movie has strong characters, but like the imperial court setting, they are puppets. They never change their directions, they are forced to play the drama. Most of the action happens on the same 3-4 scenes, with the same characters. Like an opera; stereotypic, but intensely dramatic and glorious.

That said, this movie had an effect on me, and as mentioned, it is very well crafted. Without a doubt, it shows Yimou Zhang's skills in his profession, and I do recommend it. But don't expect a "movie" in the classical sense, expect Greek tragedy or opera-style drama.


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