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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

so you want

to be sent to the frontier?

I would like to view the world. . .

. . .outside of this palace

how its is?

anything else?


-I will request permission .

-I am listening ..

... I do not know

if it would be appropriate. . . .

when you know then tell me .

Your medicine was not yet finished

at the hour of the Dragon.

How much is left?

Tell me.

Your Majesty,

there is a sip or two.

-pour it to the Empress.


Your Highness. . .

. . a change in my health, perhaps.

Where did you hear that from?

She will have to take all of her

medicine,drink which is left over.

Third son ...


Mother, listen to the father, please.

Mother, please drink it.

Remain kneeling

until she drinks it.


Mother won't drink it.

-Why not let her be?

-forget your request .. she needs it. . .

. . .just as life is governed

by law.

Mother, you have been taking

this medicine for years.

just once follow.

Why change?


Doesn't seem to be strange...

. . .to quit it ?

Mother's symptoms

make her unaware ..

-We know, Father.

Being treated well now.

... with good medicine .

You have something to tell me?

Father, I know now,the night

of the Festival. . .

. . . I wish to command

the Imperial Guards.

I, too, wish to gain experience.

Since Prince Jai has returned. . .

. . . he will assume this duty.

-Jai , my son

-Yes, Father.

Are you ready to accept

this as your duty ?

for the Festival,

they will be under your sole command.

My plans are made !

I will never disappoint

you , Father .

Then you know

needs to be done.

The Empress arrives.

Your wife kneels down

before you.

Do you know why I summoned you?

Today. . .

. . .you acted against me.

Please ,Watch closely.

I select each ingredient personally

with utmost care.

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