Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.4|5.0 Starsìììì

Curse of the Golden Flower—a WOW! performance by Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li—can only be defined as ‘What a film!’ and an absolute ‘must see’ entertainment piece. Court intrigue plays at its highest level. The fact that it plays within Chinese culture adds to its interest factor. The richness of the stage settings, costuming, and epic-sized war scenes alone make this film watchable but to have a storyline that is as rich as the background scenery it runs against makes the movie a ‘one in a million’ watch. The acting shows the highest level of professionalism and serves to emphasize the high cultural level of this ancient civilization. This film uses Chinese language but provides excellent English subtitles for English speakers. There are sexual references in dialogue, but those references are referred to in the cleanest way possible with no graphic portrayal and opens the movie to the wider viewing audience. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Google Images 


A Chinese Emperor and the Royal Physician plot to kill the Empress. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Zhang Yimou for directing efforts. Thank you to Producers William Kong, Zhang Weiping, and Zhang Yimou for making the film possible. Cast includes: Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li, Jay Chou, and Qin Junjie. 

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This ‘Bravo!’ performance works in tandem and perfect synchronicity with its storyline. It’s a ‘MUST SEE’ performance. 

* Also known as: Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia

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Ben Meyers

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