The Curse Of The Golden Flower

The Curse Of The Golden Flower

The Curse Of The Golden Flower

An epic action/melodrama in the grand tradition of Chinese/Hong Kong big budget films, from the heralded director Yimou Zhang (House Of The Flying Daggers).

Centres on the ruling, feuding family of 928 AD China. The family is losing internal strength due to a power struggle between the emperor (Yun-Fat), the empress (Li), and the couple's three sons. During Chong Yang Festival, while the family is keeping up a charade, thousands of golden armed warriors charge the Imperial Palace in a surprise rebellion.

2007110 minsHong Kong, ChinaMandarin with English subtitles
ActionAdventureDramaRomance
Director:
Yimou Zhang ('House of Flying Daggers', 'Hero')
Writer:
Yimou Zhang
Cast:
Chow Yun-fatGong LiLiu YeChen JinJay ChouNi DahongLi Man
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A huge disappointment.

This film with all the elements needed to be amazing; Zhang Yimou, Chow-Yun Fat and Gong Li, is only added to with a fantastic looking trailer. Is sadly in the running for worst film of the year. With a weak soap opera style story which for the most part is largely predictable form the start, leaves you with no attachment for the characters at all. It seams...

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Variety

Variety

press

Zhang Yimou's strangest and most troubled film, abounds in hysterical, mannered Tang Dynasty-era palace intrigue and dehumanized CGI battle sequences...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Since his debut in 1987 with "Red Sorghum" Mr. Zhang has made more controlled films but never one that's more fun. With Curse of the Golden Flower he aims for Shakespeare and winds up with Jacqueline Susann. And a good thing too...

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The final effect is stunning, but also sadly impersonal...

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A period spectacle, steeped in awesome splendor and lethal palace intrigue, it climaxes in a stupendous battle scene and epic tragedy...

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Zhang Yimou is seriously off his game with the utterly ridiculous Curse of the Golden Flower, a new epic that feels like "Hero" meets "The Lion in Winter" meets "Peyton Place." The film is worthless as a serious work of art, but it may offer the jaded viewer a surplus source of MST3K-inspired wisecracks...

1.0
Variety

Variety

press

Zhang Yimou's strangest and most troubled film, abounds in hysterical, mannered Tang Dynasty-era palace intrigue and dehumanized CGI battle sequences...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Since his debut in 1987 with "Red Sorghum" Mr. Zhang has made more controlled films but never one that's more fun. With Curse of the Golden Flower he aims for Shakespeare and winds up with Jacqueline Susann. And a good thing too...

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The final effect is stunning, but also sadly impersonal...

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A period spectacle, steeped in awesome splendor and lethal palace intrigue, it climaxes in a stupendous battle scene and epic tragedy...

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Zhang Yimou is seriously off his game with the utterly ridiculous Curse of the Golden Flower, a new epic that feels like "Hero" meets "The Lion in Winter" meets "Peyton Place." The film is worthless as a serious work of art, but it may offer the jaded viewer a surplus source of MST3K-inspired wisecracks...

1.0

A huge disappointment.

This film with all the elements needed to be amazing; Zhang Yimou, Chow-Yun Fat and Gong Li, is only added to with a fantastic looking trailer. Is sadly in the running for worst film of the year. With a weak soap opera style story which for the most part is largely predictable form the start, leaves you with no attachment for the characters at all. It...

1.0