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

His Highness Prince Yu arrives!

Your Majesty.

Prince Yu, is everything ready?

Mother, Jai is on his way.

Is he in the Palace?

No,he is at the Official Inn

awaiting orders.

First Brother mentioned

that as soon as Father arrives. . .

. . . he will ask permission to leave.

He wants to go to Qingzhou.


Her Majesty the Empress arrives!

First Brother.

Your Majesty.

So you are going.

Are you afraid?

You are my mother !

You now not ...

We have been intimate

for three years.

But, I am first

my father's son.


Why you pushed me away ?

If we want, things can be changed.

We can not change anything Mother.

Still, I would like to try.

Tell me.

Go and welcome

the Emperor first.

The day breaks.

The court presides.

Peace to all.

It is the Hour of the Tiger.

The day breaks.

The court presides.

Peace to all.

It is the Hour of the Tiger.

Your servant kneels

before the Empress.

Your Majesty's medicine

for the hour is ready.

By the Emperor's command. . .

. . . retire to your chambers!

The welcome ceremony is cancelled !

Retire to your chambers!

The welcome ceremony is cancelled !

The Emperor commands. . .

. . . retire to your chambers!

The welcome ceremony is cancelled !

Retire to your chambers!

The welcome ceremony is cancelled !

Your Majesty, the Emperor commands

everyone to go back to their chambers.

The ceremony is cancelled.

-Where is he ?

-He went to. . .

. . .to the Official Inn.

Your Majesty. . .

. . .the Emperor requests the presence

of the Empress and the two princes. . .

. . .on the Chrysanthemum Terrace

tomorrow morning.


Your Highness Prince Jai,

the Emperor has arrived.

Your son kneels before you.

Father, its a great honour

to have this visit.


Father's prowess is unequalled.

The decision to send you

to the frontier. . .

. . .was the right one.

I came here today. . .

. . .to remind you. . .

... your past mistakes.

The world is so much..

... while you have

what is given ..

Never take. . by force .

. . .what I don't give.

Father's advice words...

... are acknowledged.

Return with me to the Palace .

His Highness Prince Jai arrives!

He is here.

Your son kneels before you.


It has been over three years.

Have you been well?

I am very well.

And you?

I have just. . .

. . .I have just missed you.

You must have suffered.

I am fine.

Charity seeks no recognition.

Virtue seeks no reward.

The harvest is abundant.

It is the Hour of the Rabbit.

Your ..Highness. . .

. . .the Empress has been taking her

herbs , as you instructed.

Following Your wishes . .

. . .the black fungus is being added

by my daughter, Chan.

No one knows

How long has it been ?

Ten days.

How are you

and Father ?

Unchanged I suppose !


Why so many chrysanthemums?


It is for the Festival

Mother! Mother!

-Your Majesty! Your Majesty!

-What is going on?

Your Highness,

your servant does not know.

It is the third time

this has happened.

Mother,please what is wrong ?

go on , tell me.

You should rest, Mother.

.... I must finish all the embroidery

Before the Chrysanthemum Festival.

Have you been taking medicine?

Now you should go

and see your brothers

His Highness Prince Jai arrives!

I bow to my Brother, Wan.

Hello, Jai

Please... Thank you.

-Second Brother.

-Hello Yu.

I heard Father changed his plans

and welcomed you back personally.

was it hard being away

It was fine.

Mother it seems very ill

We feel she is anemic.

She takes medicine often.

She seems that she

is embroidering a lot.

Father !

They must be for the Festival.

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