Director: Yimou Zhang
Writers: Yu Cao (play), Yimou Zhang
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Jay Chou
In Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), Zhang returns to the hallowed hallways of halberd hoopla with a tale of court intrigue occurring near the end of China’s Tang dynasty. CURSE is a curious maze of deception, backstabbing and decay, brilliantly translated by Zhang into what is perhaps China’s last hope for keeping alive a film genre that has been steadily falling (or failing) in the West since HERO. (View Article)
Plot: In Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), During China’s Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.