Friday, May 29, 2009

Curse of the Golden Flower

Curse of the Golden Flower is a 2006 Chinese film that takes place, according to extra material provided on the DVD in which there is discussion of the research done to prepare for the movie, during the Tang dynasty. It's directed by Zhang Yimou and stars Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li, Jay Chou and Liu Ye. We watched it last night after supper. It's a beautiful film -the color makes us wish for one of those new flat screen TVs. We did find it difficult to figure out how much time had passed since the Emperor married his second wife and how much time was passing as we watched. I think the acting seems to consist of sobbing and showing the characters struggling to maintain stoic facial expressions. Emote, emote. Very melodramatic. We like House of Flying Daggers much better.


The New York Times says, "In “Curse of the Golden Flower” Mr. Zhang achieves a kind of operatic delirium". Rolling Stone calls it a "visual masterpiece". Variety says
"Curse of the Golden Flower," Zhang Yimou's strangest and most troubled film, abounds in hysterical, mannered Tang Dynasty-era palace intrigue and dehumanized CGI battle sequences.

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