The Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

joel, 17. January 2007, 21:39

Dir. Zhang Yimou
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li, etc.,

I know there is no such thing as the number “UGH!” but that’s what I would give “Curse of the Golden Flower.” (UGH! out of 10).

Think greek tragedy with a Chinese twist. I was certainly thrown a curve ball thinking it would be some kung fu/high drama with a great story, but I was wrong on all accounts.

The scenery, especially in the castle was awesome! I love the color schemes and costume designs, but that was about it. The acting is decent enough to move the story along, but in all honesty I wasn’t very interested in the story at all.

Well okay maybe I was a little harsh on the (UGH out of 10) comment. I would probably give this film (4 out of 10).

Ugh out of 10. Haha! That’s a good one. But “ugh” is actually equivalent to a “4?” I was thinking more like “0″ or less than “0.” (I actually didn’t read much of your review, since I didn’t want to know too much.) So what was lame about the story?

How would Curse of the Golden Flower compare to other Zhang Yimou / Gong Li movies? Have you seen any?

I haven’t really seen any Gong Li films and I know I should. I hear she’s a great Asian Acress and watching her in “Curse of the golden flower” I can see the potential.

As for the director Zhang Yimou. I believe “House of the flying daggers” is my favorite, but that’s not saying much. I’ve really only seen that and “hero,” from him. Not any of his earlier works.

Reid. You are asking me why I didn’t like the story, but at the same time you didn’t read to much of my review because you don’t want to know more about the film? Sounds like a trick question to me. I thought I spoke in “RA” (REID APPROVED) fashion when critiquing “Curse of the golden flower,” extremely vague.

But if you really want to know why I didn’t like the story. I don’t really like watching movies where no good bullys just get their way and people have to take it. No matter what happens you cannot do anything to overcome…that’s torturous pain–ala “clockwork orange” style. Soooo sadistic! I suppose some people are into that, but I am certainly not.

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