THE CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER
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).