Its Mandarin’s title is man cheng jin dai huang jin jia.
I came to watch this movie because of Zhang Yi Mou and Gong Li. The sold out ticket an hour before the showing time made me even wanted to watch it. I thought these duo will again produce a good movie. Well, it’s pleasing the eyes but the plot is not pleasing at all.
Follow these links for more about this movie:
- Official Movie Site (Sony Pictures Classics)
- 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. (full synopsis)
- Movie Critique by David Chute: Too Many Flowers, Not Enough Power
Zhang Yi Mou is the master of cinematography. The colors are brilliants, the wardrobes and movie-set architecture are lavishly decorated. But, I wonder whether in the 10th-century Tang Dynasty the women flaunted their cleavage immensely or how they can replace the thousands and thousands of chrysanthemums after the battle just like that. Well, it’s just a movie *smile*.
For me, Gong Li is still the best actress – she is the only magnet that attracts the audience and shines in this movie.