Prince Jai refuses and kills himself, and as he does so, his blood spills into another cup of poisoned tea that has been brought to the Empress, turning the tea red. For many years, the Empress and Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye), her stepson, have had an illicit liaison. This isn't a site for people who just want to talk about the latest hot new movies in theaters right this minute. |, August 28, 2009 A brilliant and engrossing film, Curse of the Golden Flower is a cinematic masterpiece. On the way to Suzhou, the Imperial Doctor's household is betrayed and attacked by the Emperor's black assassins, resulting in his death. Edit Translation. | Rating: 3/4 Ending / spoiler for Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), plus mistakes, quotes, trivia and more. | Rating: 4/4 Despite its flaws, Curse of the Golden Flower is a diverting enough film, just somewhat flat compared to Zhang's previous epics--a little too willing, perhaps, to let story and action cede the field to costume and set design. Dec 29, 2010. Crown Prince Wan confronts the Empress, and when she admits to planning a rebellion, he is anguished, and tries to kill himself with a knife, but survives. Trivia: The plot of the movie is based on a 1934 play Thunderstorm by Yu Cao, a Chinese playwright, set in the 10th-century imperial China court. |, November 16, 2012 Jiang Chan is horrified by this news and runs from the palace. Forgot your password? The film is actually more a political revenge melodrama than a lush action film - akin to Hamlet, Ivan the Terrible or The Lion in Winter - with stylised combat scenes to bring home murderous court intrigue to broader market. However, Later Tang rulers were known as "Emperor" (皇帝) and never "King" (大王), and of all the states mentioned above, only Chu, Wuyue, Min and Jingnan rulers could be called "King" by their subjects in 928. China, Later Tang Dynasty, 10th Century. The two protagonists are known in the Chinese version as "King" and "Queen", which in the English version has been upgraded to the more stereotypically Chinese "Emperor" and "Empress". His House of Flying Daggers score offered a priceless love theme reminiscent of Nino Rota, adorned beautifully with Chinese flutes, string solos and a lush string orchestra. However, the Empress ["Queen" in the Chinese version] has been in an affair with the first son, Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye), who was born of the Emperor's previous wife. Jiang Shi chases after her, whereupon both are murdered by more assassins. The arresting theme similarly leads the "Ending Title", one of the longest cues on album, and one which I wish was a truer summation of the score. Just confirm how you got your ticket. | The Emperor responds by offering to pardon Prince Jai if he cooperates in the Empress's poisoning. And the ending was quite bloody. Behind him, the courtyard is cleaned with mechanical efficiency by a legion of servants, with bodies being removed, floors being scrubbed and laid with carpets, and pots of yellow flowers being replaced, making it seem as if the entire rebellion never even happened. All Critics (127) Verified reviews are considered more trustworthy by fellow moviegoers. Chan (the doctor's daughter) is Crown Prince Wan's half sister and their mother is the Empress's spy and the Emperor's former wife. When Crown Prince Wan meets with Jiang Chan to say goodbye, she informs him that the Empress has woven 10,000 scarves with golden flower sigils. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. 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. The plot could also be possibly based on King Lear according to James Berardinelli.[6]. Okay, right off the bat, A++++ for color. By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy © 1996–2020 Autotelics, LLC. "[10][dead link] Andrew O'Hehir of Salon said: "the morbid grandiosity of Curse of the Golden Flower is its own distinctive accomplishment, another remarkable chapter in the career of Asia's most important living filmmaker. Chan and her mother, Jiang Shi (Chen Jin) are forced back to the palace. It\'s amazing what the aftershocks of one film will be. Jai says to the Emperor that he didn't try to take the throne for himself but for his mother. While Hero and House of Flying Daggers are primarily martial arts epics, Curse of the Golden Flower is primarily a Zhang Yimou film, one that just happens to involve vast armies and action setpieces. The first hour had some small nice fight scenes and then lots and lots of talk. Few will be able to resist the searing dadi (flute) solo that tears at the heartstrings in the penultimate "Curse of the Golden Flower". "[9] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times described the film as: "A period spectacle, steeped in awesome splendor and lethal palace intrigue, it climaxes in a stupendous battle scene and epic tragedy" and "director Zhang Yimou's lavish epic celebrates the gifts of actress Gong Li while weaving a timeless tale of intrigue, corruption and tragedy. In this historical Chinese piece it's portrayed in the most visually pleasing style imaginable. drama, FAN-tastic. | Rating: 4/5, January 21, 2012 Still, it gets 3 stars for color alone. We want to celebrate our different opinions, and celebrate yours as well. The film was the hit of its year with multiple Oscars, and while each film surely stands on its own merits, it created a Western marketplace for subsequent high budget wuxia spectaculars like Hero (one of the most aesthetically-arresting films of last ten years), House of Flying Daggers (fantastic entertainment), The Promise, The Banquet, and now... Curse of the Golden Flower. Summoning a group of his own soldiers, Prince Yu demands the Emperor abdicate and offer him the throne. This narrows the number of candidates to the states with territory in the Yangzi River Delta. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. But as it stands, the film we see, while gorgeous to look at, is merely mediocre. Audio: The movie's Mandarin-language soundtrack (the disc menus refer to it simply as "Chinese") is provided in uncompressed PCM 5.1 format or in standard Dolby Digital 5.1. The airy vocals, churning celli and echoing light percussion of "Opening" set the tone for the ominous music. The Mandarin Chinese title of the movie is taken from the last line of the Qi Dynasty poem written by the rebel leader Emperor Huang Chao who was also the Emperor of the Qi Dynasty that was at war against the Later Tang Dynasty. Shakespeare would have been proud. The plot of the movie is based on a 1934 play Thunderstorm by Yu Cao, a Chinese playwright, set in the 10th-century imperial China court.