Curse of the Golden Flower

January 12th, 2007


Curse of the Golden Flower

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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.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 7.0/10 (22,361 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Yimou Zhang

Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Jay Chou

China, Later Tang Dynasty, 10th Century. On the eve of the Chong Yang Festival, golden flowers fill the Imperial Palace. The Emperor (Chow Yun Fat) returns unexpectedly with his second son, Prince Jai (Jay Chou). His pretext is to celebrate the holiday with his family, but given the chilled relations between the Emperor and the ailing Empress (Gong Li), this seems disingenuous. For many years, the Empress and Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye), her stepson, have had an illicit liaison. Feeling trapped, Prince Wan dreams of escaping the palace with his secret love Chan (Li Man), the Imperial Doctor's daughter. Meanwhile, Prince Jai, the faithful son, grows worried over the Empress's health and her obsession with golden chrysanthemums. Could she be headed down an ominous path? The Emperor harbors equally clandestine plans; the Imperial Doctor (Ni Dahong) is the only one privy to his machinations...

Writers: Yu Cao, Yimou Zhang

Yun-Fat Chow - Emperor Ping
Li Gong - Empress Phoenix
Jay Chou - Prince Jai
Ye Liu - Crown Prince Wan
Dahong Ni - Imperial Physician Jiang
Junjie Qin - Prince Yu
Man Li - Jiang Chan
Jin Chen - Mrs. Jiang

Taglines: A Queen's revenge will threaten an empire.


Official Website: Official site [China] | Official site [Russia] |

Release Date: 12 January 2007

Filming Locations: China

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $711,336 (USA) (25 December 2006) (60 Screens)

Gross: $6,566,773 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | Hong Kong:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

More than 1000 real soldiers were used in the final battle.

Plot holes: Given Chan leaves the inn almost immediately after Wan does, why does it take so long for her to reach the palace? (Consider everything that happens to Wan after he arrives back but before Chan arrives.)

Emperor Ping: [while placing ingredients on a scale] This will cure your anemia.
Empress Phoenix: I thank His Majesty for his concern.
Emperor Ping: All good medicine tastes bitter.
Emperor Ping: You have excess bile, poor digestion, Yin and Yang are out of balance. That is why you are so infractious, listless and lethargic, and capable of nothing but cutting remarks. These are all sympptoms of anemia.
Empress Phoenix: It has been more than ten years. My so-called sickness is clearly not improving with Your Majesty's treatment.
Emperor Ping: [angrily throws scale to the ground] If your father were not the King of Liang, I would scarely be speaking to you with such restraint.

User Review

Two thumbs up!!

Rating: 9/10

Just saw this film at a cinema near to my home in Wuhan China.I rated it very high because it is the first film in the last three years which can tell a story so smoothly. After the first Hollywood movie The Fugitive(lead actor Harrison Ford) was admitted in my country, the Chinese films changed forever by the affections of Hollywood movies. But the Chinese film makers did not know how to tell a story in the Hollywood way. Especially the film makers wanted to make BIG movie (the movie making cost high) to gain the high profit in the market, but in the same time they seemed like they forget how to tell a good story. But Chinese audience is very tolerable, they watch they comment and they despise. After all these years' BIG films' bombing, I watched a good story telling film, why should I not be satisfied?

Disscusing this film in the technique way is not the important thing. All this years the BIG films all packed by the advanced techniques, but inside is a garbage.(sorry for the rude word, I can not say a better word for my poor English)

Somebody (maybe a lot of foreign people) may want to watch more KongFu in Chinese films. But I want to say is KongFu is not the only part of Chinese Culture, in fact it never was the major part of Chinese Culture in the past three thousand years.I can say it because I know our country and her history.

The relationship and interaction of characters is the major part of film . This film is based on a novel Thunder Storm by Chao Yu in 40s of 20th century, and the background is changed to about 9th century.For the solid story by Chao Yu, the film is brilliant. And the success of this film is also a victory of Chinese writers. It proved that the real good novel can live all the time.

Thank you for read this.


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