December 21, 2006 (Limited)
Rated R for violence
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...
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Gong Li and Chow Yun-Fat star in Curse of the Golden Flower
, the latest visual feast from director Yumou Zhang (Hero, House of Flying Daggers
). A much-less action-packed entry than his previous American releases, Golden Flower
is a darker, more personal drama that still boasts incredible visuals and set design while offering a rather f**ked up story of betrayal, deceit and rebellion.
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