Personally, I think that the characters are very well developed because they are complex, obsessed and quite multi-dimensional in their basic human drives. Does the film make a judgment about which of the characters is the most guilty, or do they all seem equally culpable? I was not expecting a story with such depth. Could she be headed down an ominous path? Written by Quotes : So you are leaving. The Empress explains that the tea she drinks has been poisoned for some time by the Emperor, but that she is planning a rebellion to overthrow him. Disscusing this film in the technique way is not the important thing. Feeling trapped, Prince Wan dreams of escaping the palace with his secret love Chan Li Man , the Imperial Doctor's daughter.
Meanwhile the empress is having an affair with Prince Wan Ye Liu , her husband's son from a previous marriage. The Emperor Chow Yun Fat returns unexpectedly with his second son, Prince Jai Jay Chou. His three princes await him, each curious about how and if he is going to divide up power between them, as his health seems to be in decline. Creative Loafing Charlotte, 17 January 2007. On the eve of the Chong Yang Festival, golden flowers fill the Imperial Palace. She spends her time planning the Chrysanthemum Festival, which is always a grand celebration -- but this year, no one feels like celebrating.
Archived from on February 5, 2009. As the Imperial Family continues its elaborate charade in a palatial setting, thousands of golden armored warriors charge the palace. Jiang Shi chases after her, whereupon both are murdered by more assassins. Zhang achieves a kind of operatic delirium, opening the floodgates of image and melodrama until the line between tragedy and black comedy is all but erased. At midnight, the Double Ninth Festival begins as scheduled. Amid the glamour and grandeur of the festival, ugly secrets are revealed. The Emperor is at first shown as a kind father who wants to maintain a harmonious balance of family and state.
I have nothing but praise for this film. Could she be headed down an ominous path? Synopsis China, Later Tang Dynasty, 10th Century. Behind him, the courtyard is cleaned with mechanical efficiency by a legion of servants, with bodies being removed, floors being scrubbed and laid with carpets, and pots of yellow flowers being replaced, making it seem as if the entire rebellion never even happened. Feeling trapped, Prince Wan dreams of escaping the palace with his secret love Chan Li Man , the Imperial Doctor's daughter. Normally this wouldn't really be an issue, as late period Yimou films like House of Flying Daggers and Hero have been perfectly acceptable as period-piece baubles, rife with dynamic wuxia action sequences and dashing costumes -- things that Golden Flower has in abundance. Synopsis China, Later Tang Dynasty, 10th Century.
Prince Jai agrees to be the leader of the rebellion. The Chinese version doesn't specify a time period. Yimou starts off with a feverishly choreographed ballet of servitude as hundreds of courtiers ready themselves in synchronized grace for the arrival of the long-traveling Emperor Ping , regally villainous. If you've seen the director's other movies, how does this one compare? Jiang Chan is horrified by this news and runs from the palace. On the eve of the Chong Yang Festival, golden flowers fill the Imperial Palace. 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. A cruel man, he is secretly having his wife Gong Li poisoned with a substance that will eventually drive her insane.
But the prince secretly wishes to run away with Chan Li Man , the daughter of the imperial doctor. Think about the movie Jean De La Florette where the protagonist is slowly killed by the grinding labor of finding non-existing water. Wildly colorful and extravagantly emotional, Curse of the Golden Flower has sumptuous sets, splendiferous royal costumes, and roiling familial emotions. Who is behind this brutal rebellion? This narrows the number of candidates to the states with territory in the Yangzi River Delta. I can say it because I know our country and her history. They're a very unhappy lot indeed. However, thousands of silver armored soldiers appear, being the reserve army of the Emperor, bearing shields, pikes, and bow-and-arrows, and they slaughter the golden soldiers down to the last man.
The cinematography, the art direction, and the sheer enormity of the visuals were staggering. 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. Crown Prince Wan confronts the Empress, and when she admits to planning a rebellion, he is anguished, and tries to kill himself with a knife, but survives. Summoning a group of his own soldiers, Prince Yu demands the Emperor to and offer him the throne. The beautiful Empress Phoenix is depressed by her isolation and her husband's obvious disdain for her. Also with Gong Li, Liu Ye, Chen Jin and Jay Chou.
Interestingly, even for a blood thirsty dictator, he has his soft spot, and that is his love for his first born son, who means well but appears rather weak of morals. But the Chinese film makers did not know how to tell a story in the Hollywood way. Watch the eyes and the hands. At the table, the Emperor expresses disappointment with Prince Jai, saying that he was already planning to give Prince Jai the throne. Their return sets off a tumultuous sequence of dark surprises.