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Curse of the Golden Flower back to product details

Costumes are Better Than the Movie
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written by chasiubao8 June 15, 2008 - 10:45 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Even visually stunning costumes and set designs can't save Zhang Yimou's indulgent, over the top drama about dysfunctional family dynamics disguised as a historic epic set in the Tang Dynasty (600-900 AD). Not one element in the film attempts stay close to historic facts and the costumes and set designs bear little resemblance to the Tang Period. For example, the film is obviously shot in the Forbidden Palace in Beijing which almost a thousand miles away and 400 years later(. Chang An was the capital of the Tang and the architecture has no resemblance to Ming and Qing dynasty architecture (1346 AD). But historical authenticity isn't really Zhang Yimou's trajectory - rather its about how internal family dynamics within families of the ruling elite have social and political consequences that reverberate throughout the empire. However, the annoying and carefully choreographed army of extras, which worked brilliantly in "Hero" detracts from the human drama. Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li are stunning to watch in their magnificent imperial robes, but even their engaging performances can't rescue the film from a mediocre script and film's own sense of grandiosity and excessive self-importance. Think "Cleopatra" squared.

Visually stunning
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written by JJames3 February 27, 2008 - 1:38 PM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This movie is amazing. The costumes, sets and movement are visually stunning. It is a great story. The character of the Empress is a study in surpressed emotion. I loved this movie so much I bought it.

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