Curse Of The Golden Flower details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Junjie Qin, Man Li, Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li, Gong Jay, Liu Ye, Ni Dahong, Qin Junjie, Li Man, Chen Jin|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance, World Cinema|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL|
Curse Of The Golden Flower
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Sep 2007|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
A royal family reunion turns violent in this Chinese action/drama.
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Curse of the Melodramatic plotlineBy Meako (59 reviews) from Sheffield , 19 Apr 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon....all wonderful, beautifully filmed and choreographed, and touching films. Paced well, acted with style, and offering a vision of Mythic China that western audiences had not seen before. So, it is such as shame that Curse of the Golden Flower is so dull!
The story is set in the latter stages of the Later Tang dynasty, and is as fantastically soap-operatic as Dallas ever was! The Imperial family are tearing themselves apart in lusts for power, revenge, or freedom. The Empress (Gong Li) is having a secret affair with her stepson. The Emperor (Chow Yun Fat) is slowly poisoning the Empress. The stepson, the Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye) is having an affair with the daughter of the Imperial Doctor. The other sons want the throne for themselves when their father passes away. Oil is struck in the desert and JR has been shot.
Okay, ignore that last sentence, that was just a sly dig at the melodramatic nature of this film. Not only melodramatic, but drearily paced melodrama at that! The film simply takes too long to tell us very little. The first half hour or so is a chore to stay awake through, with the constant reminders of plot points hammered home at every opportunity. It seems that, like Hero, this film has very little plot which they wanted to drag out for as long as they could. Unlike Hero, however, they fill the time with nothing interesting, whereas that earlier film filled the time with more action.
On a plus side, Golden Flower looks magnificent. The vibrant colors of the Imperial palace, the massive armies dressed in fabulous costumery, the luxurious set designs. All draw the eyes into the film and cannot fail to impress. Sumptuous and lavish, the cinematography is impeccable. The score to the film reflects well on the visuals, truly conveying the majesty and beauty of the moment in history.
Sadly, aside from these visuals, and the key battle moments towards the latter half of the film, the film feels empty and vacant, and far too overblown for its own good. As a film on its own merit, Flower would not have received the release it got. It is only due to the popularity of the earlier films that this distinctly average film is getting so much attention.
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Could have been a lot betterBy a customer , 01 Nov 2012Mildly disappointed. I am a fan of Yhang Zimou's films, but this is definitely one of his weakest works, which is a shame because he has a great cast and a big budget to work with.
The problem is that the film's central drama is like a Shakespeare tragedy, but then it's interrupted by several over-the-top and totally illogical action sequences which don't mesh well with the story. It's as if the action was grafted on as an after-thought to make the film more marketable. In fact, I'm convinced this is what happened because the film has several big plot holes related to the action scenes, like characters who appear to die in the action are suddenly alive and well in the next scene.
Its kind of like a Bollywood film, except instead of having a musical number interrupt the film every 20-30 minutes, this film is interrupted by an equally choreographed and still silly wire-fu.
a visual treatBy nwillo (1 review) , 31 Oct 2012thouroughly enjoyed this film,i will say it is a slow burner and i would have liked to see more of the battles,but the costumes and sets and locations are stunning,
A Film of Colour & SubstanceBy Darimedia (6 reviews) from London , 22 Sep 2012One of the best film to come out of China in recent years. It is elegant, spectacular, colourful and a true epic of Chinese Dynasty.
This film will leave breathless with its story, acting and cinematography - an absolute Chinese gem of a film. I am not one to watch a film twice especially Chinese films, this one i will watch again and again.
And for me the SFX in this film, is almost seamless. If you love period films especially Chinese - you will love this one.
The Forbidden City Brought to LifeBy a customer , 19 Apr 2012AMAZING. Just let yourself get immersed in the ambience and detail of what life was like in the Forbidden City. I have seen some of the other reviews, which is why I am writing - don't watch it if all you want is the usual fighting scenes. It does have some but the real joy is the portrayal of Chinese Imperial life.
Curse of the golden flowerBy a customer , 15 Mar 2012How any one can slate this absolutely Marvellous film, the colours are so fantastic and the set and cloting and metal garments worn by the actors were even more breath taking the detail was simply the best i have ever seen. truly this film is a must see, i watched it twice, having travelled to China over 6 years ago , it makes me want to go back again. this film and the actress gong li wow and the other actors should all receive OSCars!!!!! -
it show the true Opulescens of the time, the attention to detail. was truly much better than most holywood flicks with all thier CGI .
china Well done~!!!!!
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