July 06, 2006


Publicity pics for Zhang Yimou's CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER are hitting the web, and you can see all of these courtesy of MonkeyPeaches. Check out the cast member asleep in the picture in the upper left-hand corner, and I really like the pic immediately below it where Chow Yun-fat is wearing his Big Pimpin' face while Gong Li seems annoyed over having dropped some candy down the front of her dress.


July 6, 2006 at 08:26 AM in News | Permalink


Okay, I am an old school wuxia fan and was a huge fan of Zhang Yimou -- I still think Shanghai Triad and To Live are masterpieces on a par with Kurosawa. That said, why is he doing this crap? This looks like The Promise!

The problem is simple: the classic wuxia movies were fun and not necessarily international blockbusters. The Hollywood equivalent are studios remaking Texas Chainsaw Massacre or something with 100x the $ and none of the creativity of the original.

This is ridiculous. Zhang Yimou was on the cusp of being one of the major film directors in the world. Now he's a second-rate Tsui Hark.

Posted by: glenn | Jul 6, 2006 10:36:35 AM

agree, this is looking too extravagant and excessive like Wu-ji crap (The Promise).

Posted by: Melody | Jul 6, 2006 1:20:44 PM

Hey there, calm down there guys.

Both Hero and House of Flying Daggers were as florid and extravegent as pretty much anything else up til then. HOFD was like a Crayola orgy there were so many deep colors on screen, they both ended up being pretty dang good movies, and dang pretty movies to boot.

I'm just saying he's earned the benefit of the doubt here.

Posted by: Max K. | Jul 6, 2006 5:20:33 PM

that photo isn't of Chow Yun Fat
it's Jay Chou.

Posted by: vianne | Jul 6, 2006 10:18:06 PM

hero is a subtle masterpiece while flying daggers is nonsense. it's like comparing Come Drink With Me to any knockoff Shaw Bros. film from the 1970's

Posted by: glenn | Jul 7, 2006 7:17:10 AM

"Now he's a second-rate Tsui Hark."

Glenn, I honestly don't think you believe that. Lets keep our wits about us and remember both that Zhang Yimou hasn't made a bad film yet and that we havn't seen so much as a trailer yet, so it is MUCH to early to judge the film.

I've enjoyed all of Zhang Yimou's films and I enjoy the wuxia genre in particular. The man has my complete confidence and I'm very much looking forward to seeing this movie.

Posted by: David Mears | Jul 8, 2006 2:48:30 AM

Zhang Yimou is a very creative director, and seems to have the most elaborate films these days. To tell you the truth, the picture really sucks up there, the armor isn't looking sturdy, and the weapons arent looking believable. However its just a picture and maybe he hasn't finished up on the pics. But hero is one of my all time favorite films, house of flying daggers was good, but there was too much drama and crying, i think he needs to go back to the hero type of film, except he needs to make one story instead of having someone tell a variety of stories and then finally end with one, but with the Hero film it fit perfectly. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, is most definantly one of my favorite films, the fight scenes are completely calm and fast, making it awesome. Zhang needs to kinda place a little bit of tone from cthd, and hero into more of his films if he continues to make period films.

Posted by: Thor | Aug 10, 2006 2:54:31 PM

I think the great Chinese film masters are overdoing it in their movies lately after the success of Crouching Tiger & Hidden Dragon and the Hero. The films are getting overly extravagent in aesthetics but lack substance in the story. The story is everything that makes a movie great. Also another note, what is the deal with all the bosom in this movie? Chinese people were very modest in the ancient times. They're lovely but hardly historical.

Posted by: buzz | Nov 19, 2006 4:27:39 AM

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