Friday, October 30
       

Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

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A period high drama that concerns the volatile balance of power between the King and the Queen and his three sons, which entails betrayal, deceit and passion–pitting the King against Queen and father against sons.
The plot is based on Cao Yu’s 1934 play Thunderstorm (雷雨 pinyin: Lei Yu), but is set in the Imperial court in ancient China. On the eve of the Chong Yang Festival, golden chrysanthemum flowers fill the Imperial Palace. The Emperor (Chow Yun-fat) returns from his various military campaigns with his second son and general, Prince Jai (Jay Chou). The Emperor has returned to celebrate the holiday with his family. For many years, the Empress and Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye), her stepson, have had an illicit affair. Prince Wan secretly dreams of escaping the palace with his secret lover Jiang Chan (Li Man), the Imperial Doctor’s daughter. Meanwhile, Prince Jai, the faithful son, grows curious and then worried over the Empress’s health and her abnormal obsession with golden chrysanthemums.

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For ten days, the Emperor had ordered the Imperial Doctor (Jiang Yiru) and his daughter Jiang Chan to secretly add tiny amounts of a poisonous Persian black fungus into the medicine that the Empress takes several times a day. The Empress summons Prince Jai, revealing to him her plot of rebellion. She asks for his participation but Jai hesitates, saying that it would be difficult for him to take up arms against his own father. After seeing his mother take a poisoned dose, he relents and agrees to participate.

Actors:
Gong Li The Empress
Liu Ye Crown Prince Wan
Jay Chou Prince Jai
Ni Dahong Imperial Doctor
Chow Yun-Fat The Emperor
Chen Jin Imperial Doctor’s Wife
Qin Junjie Prince Yu
Li Man Chan
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Directors:
Zhang Yimou Director
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Writers:
Zhang Yimou Screenplay (adaptation )
Wu Nan Screenplay (adaptation)
Bian Zhihong Screenplay (adaptation)
Cao Yu (II) Source Material (from play: “Thunderstorm”)
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Producers:
Bill Kong Producer
Zhang Weiping Producer
Zhang Zhenyan Associate Producer

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