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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 »
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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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Taglines:

A Queen's revenge will threaten an empire. 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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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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It took over 20 days to shoot the battle scene. See more »

Goofs

When the Empress is dressing for the Chrysanthemum festival. Bobby pins and hair pins are visible in her hair. They were not produced until 1916. Chinese are noted with other decorative adornments to hold their hair in place such as combs and other trinkets seen in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Prince Jai: [upon discovering the Black Fungus] Mother was taken ill yesterday. Was it because of this?
Empress Phoenix: [nods head]
Prince Jai: Why is Father doing this to you?
Empress Phoenix: Jai, after the Chrysanthemum Festival, I shall tell you the whole truth.
[turns away]
Empress Phoenix: Each day, in front of your father, I have to feign ignorance. Every two hours, I swallow this poison without protest. Nobody knows what is happening. I shall die exactly as your father intends. A half-wit. But I refuse to submit without a fight. On the night of the Festival, I ...
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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 »

Soundtracks

Juhua Tai
("Chrysanthemum Terrace")
Composed & Performed by Jay Chou
Lyrics by Vincent Fang
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Epic imperial during China's Tang dynasty spectacular and colorfully directed by Yimou Zhang
2 September 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

10th Century , 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 . 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 . The control of emperor over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself . For many years, the Empress and Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye), her stepson, have had an illicit liaison and unspeakable secrets are hidden within the Forbidden City. 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. 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, the emperor relocates the medic's family from the Palace to a remote area . While they are en route, mysterious assassins attack them. Chan and her mother, Jiang Shi (Chen Jin) are forced back to the palace. At the night, thousands of soldiers are trampled as blood spills across the Imperial Palace in a spectacular final battle .

This luxurious epic film was marvelously filmed with impressive production design , colorful cinematography and breathtaking scenes . The picture is full of tumultuous sequences with dark surprises , thrills , fierce combats and groundbreaking battles . Amid the glamour and grandeur of the scenarios is developed a familiar intrigue in Shakespeare's King Lear style , including betrayal , incest , crime and exploring the dark side of Chinese empire . Impressive and rousing fights with thousands of golden armored warriors reenacted by lots of extras . Overwhelming attack on the fortress where is relocated the doctor's family , being subsequently copied in ¨Kung Fu Panda¨ . Wonderfully photographed especially when against a moonlit night, thousands of chrysanthemum blossoms are trampled as blood spills across the Imperial Palace. The motion picture was glamorously directed by Yimou Zhang who often works with the actress Li Gong and as well as most of his films , it begins with the title displayed in Chinese calligraphy style. Zhang forms part of China's Fifth Generation of filmmakers, who began making films after the Cultural Revolution , others from this group include Chen Kaige and Jinzhan Zhang . He is an expert on Chinese epics such as ¨Shanghai Triad¨ , ¨Hero¨ ,¨House of Flying Daggers¨ , ¨The flowers of war¨ and of course the Oscarized and successful ¨Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon¨ . Rating : Better than average . Worthwhile watching .


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