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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:

HKD 11,044,960 (Hong Kong), 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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Dragon Robe and Phoenix Gown, worn by the Emperor and Empress during the festival, were handcrafted by 40 people who took over two months to create it. 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

Emperor Ping: [while placing ingredients on a scale] This will cure your anemia.
Empress Phoenix: I thank His Majesty for his concern.
Emperor Ping: All good medicine tastes bitter.
Emperor Ping: You have excess bile, poor digestion, Yin and Yang are out of balance. That is why you are so infractious, listless and lethargic, and capable of nothing but cutting remarks. These are all sympptoms of anemia.
Empress Phoenix: It has been more than ten years. My so-called sickness is clearly not improving with Your Majesty's treatment.
Emperor Ping: [angrily throws scale to the ground] If ...
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Go' morgen Danmark: Episode dated 31 August 2007 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Curse of the Golden Flower
Written by Jay Chou
Performed by Adam S. Shen
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A must see film bursting with superb subtle acting.
20 December 2006 | by lavashopSee all my reviews

I just got back from watching the 8.30 pm show at Vivo City Gold Class and I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable the movie was.

I guess it could have been the bad press with the movie but I was really very impressed with Gong Li and Chow Yun Fat. They are true virtuosos, masters of their fields. Very impressed with the both of them.

Even that Jay Chou wasn't that bad although, although to be honest, he is just too green and inexperienced. He was miscast as the 2nd Prince because of his lack of good looks, but I can see that he tried his best.

But Gong Li, who acted opposite Jay as his mother was superb. Her convulsions (because of a long time illness no spoilers) were realistic.

Her varied range of emotions were a joy to watch. I didn't feel she was acting; you don't see the wheels moving. Chow Yun Fat's Mandarin wasn't that bad too. Not at all. He exudes the strength and power of the ruthless Emperor.

The only person whom I thought over acted was the actor, Ye Liu, who played the Crown Prince. I was not used to his acting. Now with him, you could see him acting.

The action scenes were not a lot since this is more of a political intrigue film BUT the two major action scenes were very impressive.

One happened at a small villa amidst the mountains.

The other is the one at the end which occurred at the Imperial Palace.

The only gripe I have with this film is the set decoration. It is quite garish.

The colors on the pillar walls were like these tie dye t-shirts which Rupert of Survivor wore. Really odd.

The costumes were not too bad. Even with my Chinese background, it was all alien to me.

I am not sure it's authentic but I will give the costumers the benefit of the doubt. They must have done they research to stand by the deep cleavage of the actresses.

Now I know where all the money went to. Though the set decoration can be a bit rainbow-brite for me, it certainly was opulent.

Go watch this film. It is a must see.


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