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Curse of the Golden Flower (2007)

5 Ratings: 3.0
Action & Adventure and Art House & International movie directed by Yimou Zhang

Curse of the Golden Flower, a fictionalized historical glimpse into the brutally complicated politics of Emperor Ping's (Chow Yun Fat) reign during the Tang Dynasty, shows the viewer just how far a megalomaniac must go to gain and retain power in … see full wiki

Director: Yimou Zhang
Genre: Foreign
5 reviews about Curse of the Golden Flower (2007)
review by . July 27, 2007
Historians give many reasons for the failings of a dictatorship style of government, such as suppression of freedom, lack of open communication, centralized decision-making, bureaucratic inertia, violent succession, etc... But there is one failing often left out of political science texts, but which is central to this movie. That is, in a dictatorship, there is no safe, established, and sanctioned way for those near the center of power to air their grievances against others at similar or higher …
review by . May 17, 2007
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`Curse of the Flower' is a gorgeous masterpiece. Filled with the uniform pageantry of The Tang Dynasty (A.D. 928), the layers of beauty are unfolded to reveal the household of the Emperor (Yun Fat) whose dramatic crisis is intimately revealed amidst the busy hive of his kingdom. Treason, incest, and treachery against kin are concretely provided for a drama of Shakespearean proportions. The queen (Empress) of the hive is ailing with what the Emperor believes to be anemia. After ten years of ancient …
review by . April 23, 2007
The hardest thing to do with this film is explaining exactly what it's about. You have an emperor (Chow Yun-Fat) who has been away taking care of business but is now returning home for the chrysanthemum festival. You have an Empress who has been waiting for him to return home for even longer than he's been gone. His wife grew lonely and turned to her stepson for love among other things. Then there's her maternal sons, Prince Jai will be a great emperor and will stand by her side to the end. Prince …
review by . April 16, 2007
Zhang's "Curse Of The Golden Flower" is a grandiose spectacle...a fable for the eyes and ears to enjoy. Unfortunately, for me, that's ALL this film is. It's like a beautiful sunset or a wonderful aroma. It is what it is, and offers little more.    Once you have watched this film you will automatically notice the lack of character development through out this story. You simply cannot tell such an intriguing story without letting the audience in and having them care deeply for …
review by . March 30, 2007
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 …
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