Curse of the Golden Flower
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 21, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Melodrama, swordplay, and CG armies -- fans of martial arts epic will get what they bargain for, though the baroque art direction can be both mesmerizing and exhaustively excessive.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Curse is straightforward and solemn, lacking not for spectacle but for humor and a humanizing touch.

Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Lavish, grim, magnificent; a robust successor to Zhang's recent martial arts epics, characterised by similarly baroque spectacle and tragedy.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Michael Dequina

Zhang Yimou serves up a sumptuous sensory feast with spectacular set pieces and--crucially--the story, characters, and connection to back it up.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

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.

Peter Debruge
Miami Herald

The melodrama here is of a sort seldom taken seriously outside Shakespeare's tragedies, and the final body count rivals Hamlet in its royal bloodletting.

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Fernando F. Croce

Zhang's beauty is one of furious defiance

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
Sumptuous sensory spectacle in every detail from Gong Li's hair ornaments to the gurgle of the medicine pouring into the gilded cup. The Oedipal plot,… More
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Wow, what a visually amazing work of cinematography. And talk about your proverbial cast of thousands. The climactic battle scene is just beyond epic. I… More
Jens S.
Shakespeare would have been proud. The mix of incest, murder, betrayal and tyranny easily could have been part of one of his dramas. In this historical Chinese… More
xGary Xx
The Curse Of The Golden Flower is a historical epic starring Chow Yun-Fat as a Chinese emperor who rules both his lands and family with an iron fist. A plot to… More
Jennifer D
Okay, right off the bat, A++++ for color. No lie there. Like, Hands Down winner there. Along with costume, set design, and props. FAN-tastic. I think where this… More
Robert C
This story makes some of Shakespeare's more bloddy works, seem like a Harlequin romance novel! Murder, intrigue, deceit and treachery abound in this… More