Curse of the Golden Flower
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A dying love between two powerful people leads to deceit, infidelity, and conspiracy in this epic-scale historical drama from director Zhang Yimou. During the latter days of the Tang dynasty, the Emperor (Chow Yun-Fat) returns home from the war with his son Prince Jai (Jay Chou) in tow. However, the monarch gets a chilly reception from the Empress (Gong Li); though she's eager to see her son, her marriage has become deeply acrimonious, and she's taken a lover, Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye), her stepson from the Emperor's first marriage. The Emperor, meanwhile, has his own plan for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

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"To put a point to it, the lavish period costumes, operatic mise-en-scène and ceremonial grandeur of Curse of the Golden Flower clashes fatally with the nuanced nastiness of modern marital discord."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Curse is straightforward and solemn, lacking not for spectacle but for humor and a humanizing touch."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Zhang Yimou serves up a sumptuous sensory feast with spectacular set pieces and--crucially--the story, characters, and connection to back it up."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Mucho brillo y color y poca sustancia dramática en esta tragedia épica que emula tanto a Shakespeare como a Kurosawa. Vale la pena sólo por su aspecto visual y, sobre todo, por la siempre intensa Gong Li."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Possibly the first mainstream Chinese representation of the massacre at Tiannamen Square."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"For all the swordplay and martial-arts fisticuffs, Curse is its most delirious as a lavish argument for the soap opera's roots in Greek tragedy."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Make no mistake, all is epic, violent, bloody madness once the director hits his stride, and fans of Zhang's work will not want to miss Curse of the Golden Flower. But brush strokes are amiss here."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Zhang's beauty is one of furious defiance"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Spectacular production designs and giant CGI battles can't really disguise a soap opera plot and often hammy acting."
‑ James O'Ehley,
"Curse of the Golden Flower is a tragedy in the classic sense which is as devastating as it is entertaining."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"This spectacularly decorated movie offers the enjoyment of watching Zhang chronicle the lives of one very nutty family. It also allows Zhang to load every inch of the screen with images so full that you half expect them to collapse under their own weight."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Lavish, grim, magnificent; a robust successor to Zhang's recent martial arts epics, characterised by similarly baroque spectacle and tragedy."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Um épico que não apenas se encaixa no clima mítico e fantástico do gênero wuxia pian como ainda traz toques claramente shakespeareanos em sua trama repleta de traições e lutas sangrentas por um trono real (ou, neste caso, imperial)."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Curse of the Golden Flower is, as usual, ravishing to look at, but it seems to be put together solely so that Zhang can assemble hundreds of people in stately rows."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Gorgeous to look at and every bit as ornate as The House of the Flying Daggers. However, the dense and complex plot is a muddle and works best when dealing with the central relationships and matters of the heart."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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