The Curse of the Golden Flower

The Curse of the Golden Flower

The Curse of the Golden Flower

  A beautiful, excessive gold rush: Zhang Yimou’s new costume drama oozes luxury, pomp and elegance. In the style of a colorful opera melodrama tells of the intrigues in the palace during the Tang Dynasty more than 1000 years.

The Emperor (Chow Yun Fat) wants to poison his wife, the empress (Gong Li), because she and her stepson, Crown Prince Xiang (Liu Ye), had a secret affair. However, the stepson wants to know anything more about her and happily, meanwhile, secretly) with the maid Chan (Li Man. The health of the Empress is worse, but still she has no idea that their daily herbal drink no medicine, but poison is. Before she finds out she is forging an equally scheming plot against her husband. Involved in this conspiracy are also the second oldest son, Prince Jie (Jay Chou) and the youngest son, Prince Cheng (Qin Junjie).

What sounds like a Shakespearean drama, in fact, based on the famous Chinese theater The Tempest by Cao Yu in 1933. Zhang Yimou has moved back for his film into the past 1000 years, to the time of the Tang Dynasty, one of the grandest and most colorful periods in Chinese history. “A facade of gold and jade, but inside the spiders crawl,” says an old Chinese proverb. So after a brilliant intact facade there is often a dark, dilapidated inner world. Zhang Yimou for the adage applies exactly to his film: For the family of the emperor, although living in a luxurious golden cage, but the family relationships are disrupted and contaminated by jealousy, greed and hatred.

Zhang Yimou has risen since his debut film, Red Sorghum (1987), with whom he won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, one of the most important directors in China. After studying at the Film Academy in Beijing, he established himself as a representative of the so-called “Fifth Generation”, a group of young filmmakers, one of which is Chen Kaige, which revolutionized the then Chinese Cinema and captured international film festivals. Among the most important films of the now 57-year-old director, among other Red Lantern (1991), No Less (1999), Life! (1994) and the martial arts drama Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004). Praise

pride themselves on their film for the impressive acting achievement. With Gong Li (Miami Vice, Memoirs of a Geisha) and Chow Yun Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) Yimou has occupied the leading roles of two top stars of Asian cinema who have long made a name internationally. Gong Li has previously played several principal roles (Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, Life!), Directed by Zhang Yimou, with whom she has been in private allied. Even the supporting roles of the movie are prominently occupied: In the role of Prince Jie, the Asian pop singer and actor Jay Chou to see.

The magnificent camera by Zhao Xiaoding refreshes itself literally on the elegant furnishings and the brilliantly choreographed action scenes and the seductive costumes. With Xiaoding Zhao worked as a cinematographer Zhang Yimou has already been in his previous films Hero and House of Flying Daggers. Worth seeing is the curse of the golden flower, especially for those who are opulent, operatic and visually intoxicating film like. The shimmering golden color charm during the movie and act according to their intensity for a long time.

(Katrin Knauth)

Title: The Curse of the Golden Flower Original Title: Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia Country of production: China Year of production: 2006 ( #) Length: 114 (min) of material: Tobis Film Distribution

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