August 30, 2006



The first trailer is up for Zhang Yimou's CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER and it looks very nice.

My thoughts?
- A lot more action than I expected.
- A lot more cleveage than I expected.
- Chow Yun-fat fighting? Not something I ever thought I'd see again and I really, really, really hope they make him look good.
- CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER is still a stinky name. It sounds like an old Republic Fu Manchu serial or a bad Woody Allen movie.
- Please let this be good.

(Thanks to the sharp-eyed reader who scorched his fingers sending this in)

August 30, 2006 at 10:04 AM in Trailers | Permalink


Banquet premiered in GZ yesterday, first reviews not so good.

Posted by: Poseidon | Aug 30, 2006 12:07:29 PM

Remember when you could see a Chinese film and it was unique and you didn't spend the entire time playing name that borrowed scene? Ah well. Guess I'd still rather see this than MIAMI VICE or PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 3...

Posted by: Jennifer | Aug 30, 2006 1:12:28 PM

Hmmm guess there's no Chinese equivalent of Bong Joon-ho or Park Chan-Wook at the moment (not that they should be cloned!)

art design is an eyefull though. like the $1000/table you've paid over and over again to keep up with the joneses:PP

Posted by: ed | Aug 31, 2006 12:08:58 AM

I think this one doesn't look bad at all. I just hope it is an emotional film supported by the obviously good visuals.

Posted by: eliza bennet | Aug 31, 2006 1:52:38 AM

the trailer looks... looks.... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... zzzzzzzzz....

Posted by: nemo | Aug 31, 2006 6:51:28 AM

How many times have we seen the "camera moves through archway to reveal courtyard of Forbidden City" shot?

Posted by: keith | Aug 31, 2006 11:00:26 AM

HD trailers now on at apple.com/trailers

looks ok. Not as beautiful as Hero and I wasn't a big fan of Yimou's wuxia films, this doesn't look to be much different... but yeah, a lot more cleveage than I expected.

Posted by: hlau | Sep 1, 2006 1:36:07 AM

The music sounds like the HOFD soundtrack. Why is Sony using this music? It makes the trailer look bad. I like the "The Banquet" trailer. It has a great Mongolian song.

Posted by: nanoo | Sep 1, 2006 4:57:51 AM

Twitch points out that there's already a second trailer up for CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER:


But you know what Zhang Yimou movie I really like? RIDING ALONE FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES. Seriously, I enjoyed it far better than the gorgeous but really uneven HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS and as much as I like HERO I found RIDING ALONE a far more satisfying movie-going experience. Maybe it was my mood?

Posted by: Grady Hendrix | Sep 1, 2006 8:26:07 AM

I like the second trailer much better. The difference music can make! Tho' it still sounds like music from HOFD.

Posted by: nanoo | Sep 1, 2006 10:34:49 AM

"The Banquet" trailer is great esp the Mongolian song which just sends thrill down my spine every time I hear it. But once I watch the 2 mins clips, I've decided I will not be seeing it. How can a 2 mins clips be so ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, imagine a 120 mins movie.

The first trailer for COGF is just meh and the second one is better. No idea whether it will be a good movie though.

Posted by: Poseidon | Sep 1, 2006 10:59:01 AM

I've seen part of this movie and it was very encouraging. Chow Yun Fat looks very good fighting and surprisingly so does Jay Chow! Both better than I expected. Chow Yun Fat's performance is outstanding. He outshines Gong Li. Even his Mandarin is better than Crouching Tiger. It's a very Shakespearean kind of story. Big melodrama. An internal war within the family between Chow and Gong and their three sons. At least one son is from a previous marriage and there's a subplot with the first wife and her family. Big battle scene at the end. It really did look like it could be quite good.

I really liked Hero but I really really hated House of Flying Daggers. This definitely looks better. I think the fighting in this is better than Hero perhaps tho, from the parts I saw.

And was Tony Ching really the action director on this? The fighting style seemed a bit different. Not as harsh as his style usually comes off to me. A lot more fluid.

Anyway, what I saw got me pretty interested.

Posted by: Asuka | Sep 1, 2006 12:09:52 PM

do not worry about it Jesus says, Romans10:13whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.Hurry up Judgement day is soon upon us sincerily Joseph(Genesis 37)

Posted by: jorogers | Sep 1, 2006 5:04:44 PM

Oh, well that's a relief.

Posted by: Grady Hendrix | Sep 2, 2006 4:44:30 AM

theme song sung by Jay Chou(in mandarin), the lyric has a very poetic sadness..

Posted by: chrysanthemum | Sep 3, 2006 12:03:50 PM

Brief fashion note:
Tang Dynasty court ladies were quite liberated for that time. Voluptuous was the standard of beauty, and fashion was equally daring with low cut dresses, a change from the traditional "y"-shaped necklines worn by the Han people.

Posted by: oj | Sep 3, 2006 10:12:43 PM

Thank you, oj.
I was wondering about the low necklines. I always thought Chinese wore either kimono or mandarin necklines in those ancient days. All my fav Chinese poets are from the Tang period and I have a special fondness for that time. It's nice to know that even fashion was great during those days.

Posted by: nanoo | Sep 4, 2006 11:40:50 AM

I saw part of this a while ago. Gong Li is amazing and beautiful This will be a Oscar contender.

Posted by: Kippo | Sep 13, 2006 7:19:24 AM


Posted by: bbq | Sep 13, 2006 9:55:22 AM

Amazing Film. Gong li ROCKED!

Posted by: Hokey | Sep 21, 2006 4:30:00 PM

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