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 ...
Sony Pictures Classics
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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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
[upon discovering the Black Fungus
Mother was taken ill yesterday. Was it because of this?
Why is Father doing this to you?
Jai, after the Chrysanthemum Festival, I shall tell you the whole truth.
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 ...
Composed & Performed by Jay Chou
Lyrics by Vincent Fang See more