Curse of the Golden Flower

Synopsis: China, Later Tang Dynasty, 10th Century. 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. For many years, the Empress and Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye), her stepson, have had an illicit liaison. Feeling trapped, Prince Wan dreams of escaping the palace with his secret love Chan (Li Man), the Imperial Doctor's daughter. Meanwhile, Prince Jai, the faithful son, grows worried over the Empress's health and her obsession with golden chrysanthemums. Could she be headed down an ominous path? The Emperor harbors equally clandestine plans; the Imperial Doctor (Ni Dahong) is the only one privy to his machinations. When the Emperor senses a looming threat, he relocates the doctor's family from the Palace to a remot
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Yimou Zhang
Production: Sony Classic Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 33 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.0
Metacritic:
70
Rotten Tomatoes:
66%
R
Year:
2006
114 min
$6,466,942
Website
118 Views

Have you seen Crown Prince ?

-Why would I visit the Crown Prince?

-Father knows.

What do you know?

Go, go see him

Move !

Thats a Persian black fungus.

Its very powerful

Two grams a day for a short time

can make you crazy . . .

Chan, you think you know so much...enough

-But the Empress--

-Don't breathe a word.

we will be killed !

Law of the nation. . .

. . . precept of the home. . .

. . .ancient yet unchanged.

It is the Hour of the Dragon.

Your servant kneels

before the Empress.

Your Majesty's medicine

for the hour is ready.

So you are Chan.

Yes, my name is Chan.

-and our physician is your father?

-Yes.

It seems the Crown Prince

is some what pale .

Is the Empress asking my opinion?

My job is only to prepare medicine.

I don't know much the prince.

Is that so?

Come in.

"On the highest mountains

on the same. . .

. . . but one brother is missing,

without berries in his hair."

Prince Jai has returned.

The family is reunited.

Who will tell me ,

why we assemble on this

. . .terrace every Chrysanthemum

Festival , do you know ?

Yes Father, on the ninth day

of the ninth month

the sun and the moon

join together..is the one.

It symbolizes the strength and harmony

of the family and we celebrate. . .

-. . .on this high terrace.

-You have studied well.

The terrace is round.

The table is square.

representing..

That Heaven is round and

the earth is square.

The law of the Heavens

dictates the rule of earthly life. . .

. . . under the circle, within the square,

everyone has his proper placement.

This is called natural law.

To all my sons and to whom

they are keen. . .

. . .all relationships obey this law.

Further any requests to me ?

My Father . .

. . . I beg to ask you the permission. . .

. . .to travel to Qingzhou.

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