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Curse Of The Golden Flower (2006)



 Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Jay Chou



 Yimou Zhang


 The Story in a Nutshell

 Set in ancient China, on the eve of the Chong Young festival the Emperor (Yun-Fat Chow) returns unexpectedly to his  Empress (Li Gong) and his two sons.

 In his absence the kingdom has been rife with affairs, alliances, and conspiracies, all of which threaten his own  power. The Emperor has secrets of his own as well, which threaten his hold over the kingdom further. 

 As the mistrust unravels the family, the palace is attacked by a group of myriad armoured warriors, leading up to a  thrilling climax.


 Martial Arts Styles Used

 Kung Fu


 Weapons Used

 Chinese Straight Sword, Chinese Broad Sword, Curved Sword, Bow, Grappling Hook, Chinese Spear


 In Summary

 As we have now come to expect from Yimou Zhang (who also directed Hero and House of Flying Daggers) this film is  very dramatic, beautifully made and intensely colourful.

 The opening scenes give you a sense of the palace atmosphere, with the 1000s of servants, beautiful colours, and  "family life" of a royal family.

 And the colour in this film is one of the things that will hit you most. The palace walls, furniture, costumes - all of  which are very vivid and are central to the atmosphere of the film. 

 The fight scenes are scarce in comparison to other films with this director and cast, but are very well done when they  do appear.

 The climax of the film is perfectly executed by both director and actors. Yun-Chow Fat is a true great, and the way  that he and Li Gong act together in this film, especially the end sequences, are exquisite.   


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 Rating: 4/5



 Author: The Bear Martial Arts Team 

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