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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] yeloson.livejournal.com 2007-02-23 06:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Can you elaborate?

I remember hearing the ending of Hero changed because Jet Li really wanted to make a statement with it. Most people read it as super pro-centralized Chinese govt., but I kind of saw it as the ultimate hollow victory- you conquer everything but live the rest of your life in fear surrounded by scheming yes men.
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[personal profile] larryhammer 2007-02-23 09:44 pm (UTC)(link)
I also saw it as pro-centralized China. There were elements of hollow victory, yes, but they didn't overshadow that statement, to my mind.


[identity profile] yeloson.livejournal.com 2007-02-24 02:34 am (UTC)(link)
Any idea what the previous ending was going to be? I mean, given the general historical factor, Huang Di becomes emperor no matter what.