I went to see Curse of the Golden Flower at the cinema on Friday night. I was expecting something like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero or House of the Flying Daggers, but that’s not what I got. This was definitely not a martial arts film, although there were a few stylized fight scenes.
The film is focused on the relationships between the Emperor of China during the Tang Dynasty (10th Century), his three sons and his wife. With some fierce sibling rivalry, incest and the most dramatic sets you will ever see, it’s not exactly the story of a regular family.
One thing I found difficult was dealing with the subtitles. Normally this isn’t a problem, but the scenes were so spectacular I sometimes forgot to read the subtitles. It’s probably worth watching a couple of times. Once for the dialog, and once for the visuals. Either that, or hope the DVD has English dubbing.
If you are expecting to see a high budget martial arts film you will be disappointed. If on the other hand, you want to see an interesting story with totally spectacular sets, it’s a must-see. Overall, I’m glad I went to see it. 🙂