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 ...
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Unspeakable secrets are hidden within the Forbidden City.
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12 January 2007 (USA)
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Also Known As:
City of Golden Armor
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Opening Weekend: HKD 11,044,960
27 December 2006, Limited Release
Opening Weekend USA: $711,336,
25 December 2006, Limited Release
Gross USA: $6,566,773
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $78,568,977
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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The largest set ever built for a movie in China. See more
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
It has been 25 years. I thought that I would never see you again.
[attempts to touch Mrs. Jiang's face
[knocks the Emperor's hand away
[grabs Mrs. Jiang
And you married the Imperial Doctor!
[slaps the Emperor roughly
At the time, you were only a lowly captain plotting day and night to become Emperor. You flattered the King of Liang into letting you marry his daughter. You planned meticulously to have my entire family put in prison. Later, I alone managed to escape. Far from home, I almost died....
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
Version of Lei yu
Composed & Performed by Jay Chou
Lyrics by Vincent Fang See more