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Curse of the Golden Flower

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on 2/27/2009

Seen it On cable one night and I just loved it. I usually don't watch foreign movies but this one held my attention throughout. Very awesome visuals and the ending was ridiculous(awesome), one of the greatest battle scenes ever.

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The ill-fated romance between an imperial bodyguard and a prince takes the lovers on a dangerous journey where royal family secrets are revealed.


Studio Sony
SKU 204043723
UPC 043396167261
UPC 14 00043396167261
Format DVD
Release Date 8/7/2007
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Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Chou,Jay
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Cast & Crew
Chow Yun-Fat - Actor
Gong Li - Actor
Huo Tingxiao - Production Designer
Jay Chou - Actor
Liu Ye - Actor
Shigeru Umebayashi - Original Music By
William Kong, et. al. - Producer
Yimou Zhang - Director
Yimou Zhang - Screenplay
Yu Cao - Based On Play By
Zhao Xiaoding - Cinematographer
Nominee (2007) Image Award, Curse of The Golden Flower, Outstanding Independent or Foreign Film,Oscar, Chung Man Yee, Best Achievement in Costume Design
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Curse of the Golden Flower is director Zhang Yimou's ambitious attempt to blend martial arts action with Shakespearean melodrama. It's not a perfect marriage but it offers two hours of solidly over-the-top entertainment featuring incredible visuals and powerful performances by international icons Gong Li and Chow Yun Fat. While aspects of Curse of the Golden Flower hearken back to some of Zhang's earlier films, the movie as whole is more in keeping with the style he has developed in recent years (with Hero and House of Flying Daggers). The strong elements of melodrama in the story are likely to make it more accessible to those who found those movies too action oriented.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review The ideal audience for "Curse of the Golden Flower" would be fans of soap opera, grand opera, space opera -- as in "Star Wars'' -- and Cecil B. De Mille extravaganzas. This pseudo-historical drama about a 10th century Chinese dynasty right out of "Dynasty" is way over the top...Its overabundance is more blessing than curse, however, provided you can suspend disbelief over a campy plot and focus on one lush, eye-popping scene after another...The actors are lavishly costumed as well, particularly during wartime. One army covered in golden armor attacks another of black-clothed Darth Vader wannabes armed with spears and arrows, which they set in motion with the precision of a champion baton team...Everything else comes from the vivid imaginations of writers Wu Nan and Bian Zhihong, both barely over 30. I'd bet the palace they grew up on the "Star Wars" saga.
Reviewer Ruthe Stein
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Subtitled, English
Product Attributes
Actor Chou,Jay
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Andrew O'Hehir, Another remarkable chapter in the career of Asia's most important living filmmaker.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times A period spectacle, steeped in awesome splendor and lethal palace intrigue...[an] epic tragedy.
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide ...a lavish entertainment that revels in lurid colors and yet more lurid emotions.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune ...a work by cinematic geniuses that reveals beauty and terror in a long-ago time with a virtuoso intensity.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer A dazzling costume epic, a spectacle for the eyes and for the soul.

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