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rachelmanija ([personal profile] rachelmanija) wrote2007-02-23 11:02 pm

Curse of the Golden Flower (or maybe Lotus?)

Oyce's Dad has been watching this movie on DVD for several days, so I keep seeing bits and pieces of it. It is set in historical-make-believe-China, and looks extraordinary: everything is gilded and ornamented and every shot displays about fifteen different brilliant colors, so every scene seems to be taking place inside a Faberge egg, or a stained-glass window. This is remarkable to look at, but makes it rather difficult to follow the story. Luckily, the story does not appear to be very complicated.

Every time I have glanced at the screen or even watched for extended periods, one or more of the following events is taking place: Gong Li drinking poisoned "medicine," looking pained and haughty; Gong Li's or the poison-carrying maid's breasts are prominently displayed, in corsets so they're practically popping out of their heavily ornamented dresses of cloth-of-gold; people hurrying down technicolored corridors; gigantic gilded and baroque doors opening or closing. The soundtrack appears to consist entirely of BOM! BOM! BOM!

Oyce's Mom wandered in at one point, glanced at all the gold onscreen, and remarked disapprovingly, "Too expensive."

[identity profile] redsnowpenguin.livejournal.com 2007-02-23 03:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Flower. Yellow chrysanthemums, specifically.

It comes from a line of poetry written by a rebel leader, whose rebellion this movie is based on (but, it's totally unnecessary to know the history for this movie, though~)

[identity profile] slithytove.livejournal.com 2007-02-23 04:17 pm (UTC)(link)
It is set in historical-make-believe-China, and looks extraordinary: everything is gilded and ornamented and every shot displays about fifteen different brilliant colors, so every scene seems to be taking place inside a Faberge egg, or a stained-glass window.

Hero was like that. I got about a third of the way through and gave up on it. Couldn't watch House of Flying Daggers either. Maybe I just don't like wuxia.

[identity profile] lnhammer.livejournal.com 2007-02-23 04:25 pm (UTC)(link)
It seems there was a lot of cleavage in the early Tang dynasty.

I liked House of Flying Daggers a lot more. And Hero simply infuriated me, after his earlier movies (especially Raise the Red Lantern).

---L.

[identity profile] yeloson.livejournal.com 2007-02-23 05:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Huh. Is he just watching for the cleavage factor?

[identity profile] homasse.livejournal.com 2007-02-25 01:18 pm (UTC)(link)
*points to icon* XD