THE CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - MOVIES PICK OF THE WEEK -

SBS ONE, Wed­nes­day, 11pm, M ( 2006)

Af­ter Hero and House of Fly­ing Dag­gers, ac­claimed Chi­nese film­maker Zhang Yi­mou’s se­ries of stylised sword­play epics comes to an end with this char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally stun­ning por­trait of fam­ily plot­ting within the 10th- century Tang Dy­nasty. The dy­nasty’s col­lapse from seren­ity into blood­shed side­lines the di­rec­tor’s trade­mark ac­tion se­quences in favour of elab­o­rate sets and cos­tumes. The re­sult is a daz­zling vis­ual feast that few bigscreen out­ings could hope to match. Chow Yun- Fat ( above) is a tyran­ni­cal hus­band schem­ing to kill the wife he hates ( Zhang favourite Gong Li).

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