Curse of the Golden Flower (Blu-ray) R

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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: May 29, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - Chinese, English
    • PCM 5.1 - Chinese
    • Subtitles - English, French - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: Los Angeles Premiere
    • Behind the Scenes: Making of CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER

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Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 51,051
Rating: 4/5 -- Um épico que não apenas se encaixa no clima mítico e fantástico do gênero wuxia pian como ainda traz toques claramente shakespeareanos em sua trama repleta de traições e lutas sangrentas por um trono real (ou, neste caso, imperial). Full Review
Cinema em Cena
Jan 16, 2008
Rating: 3/4 -- Yi Mou does show his undeniable expertise in the spectacularly mounted warfare sequences that can rival anything you saw in the Lord of the Ring movies. The wonderfully choreographed martial arts sequences are heartstopping... Full Review
Outlook
Jan 25, 2019
3 stars out of 5 -- [Gong Li] bites into her role like a juicy apple. The great Chow Yun Fat is her match as the emperor...
Rolling Stone
Jan 25, 2007
[There is] ominous buildup in this lavish, dripping-in-gold drama from Zhang Yimou. -- Grade: A
Entertainment Weekly
Mar 30, 2007
Rating: 3/4 -- For all the swordplay and martial-arts fisticuffs, Curse is its most delirious as a lavish argument for the soap opera's roots in Greek tragedy.
Denver Post
Jan 12, 2007
Rating: 3/4 -- The melodrama here is of a sort seldom taken seriously outside Shakespeare's tragedies, and the final body count rivals Hamlet in its royal bloodletting. Full Review
Miami Herald
Jan 12, 2007
Rating: 3/4 -- Curse is straightforward and solemn, lacking not for spectacle but for humor and a humanizing touch.
Detroit Free Press
Jan 12, 2007

Product Description:

In 2004, Zhang Yimou caused a sensation with his astonishing HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, and his CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER is yet another dazzling, visually stunning film. Calling again upon the talents of the striking Gong Li, Yimou tells an epic tale of lust and power set in the opulent world of the Later Tang dynasty. The plot follows the story of the Emperor (Chow Yun Fat) and his Empress (Li) and the tragic disintegration of their royal family--whose problems go far beyond the merely dysfunctional. For starters, the ailing Empress has long been having an affair with her stepson, the Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye). Unbeknownst to her, Wan has been dallying with the Imperial Doctor's daughter (Li Man), and has plans to escape the palace with her. Meanwhile, the Emperor himself has just returned from a long trip, and while relations with his wife are obviously icy, it becomes clear that his plans for her are far more ominous than she could ever imagine. Everyone involved has a secret plan for either escape or domination, resulting in an explosive ending wherein the darkest family secrets are revealed and horrifically bloody battles are waged both inside and outside the walls of the sparkling, gold-encrusted palace.

Yimou appears to be trying to balance his flair for telling an emotional story with his talent for thrilling, detail-driven action sequences, and while CURSE's plot does at times seem close to that of a soap opera, the phenomenal performances and breathtaking visuals are more than enough to power the film forward. Fans of Yimou's quieter work (RIDING ALONG FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES) are likely to enjoy the dramatic exploration of family relationships, while there are still plenty of hissing ninjas to satisfy DAGGERS enthusiasts.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: December 21, 2006

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  • UPC: 043396179134
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