dangermousie: (Ryo by bloomzy)
As I mentioned, I saw the Chinese movie The Curse of the Golden Flower with the lovely [livejournal.com profile] smartylibrarian last night.

TCotGF deals with the Imperial Family in the 10th Century as they prepare for the Chrysanthemum Festival: all the intrigues, dysfunction, and plotting that surround them, and the wreck they leave in their wake. The acting is all around excellent, with Chow Yun-Fat especially mesmerizing as the Emperor, who scared me even though he was only on celluloid, and the gorgeous Gong Li as his mad, equally scary wife. Jay Chou’s Jai, the middle of the three Imperial princes, was my favorite character though, and the bond between him and his mother was my favorite relationship in the movie.

I am not going to post pics (because [livejournal.com profile] miss_dian has already done an amazing picspam here) but I do want to blab about it.

It’s going to be behind the cut, as the labyrinthine plot is too good to spoil, so all I will say outside the cut is: if you like complicated family dramas, or period movies, or gorgeous art design, and don’t mind tragedy, go run to the nearest theater.

The Curse of the Golden Flower meta. Loooong )
dangermousie: (Ryo by bloomzy)
As I mentioned, I saw the Chinese movie The Curse of the Golden Flower with the lovely [livejournal.com profile] smartylibrarian last night.

TCotGF deals with the Imperial Family in the 10th Century as they prepare for the Chrysanthemum Festival: all the intrigues, dysfunction, and plotting that surround them, and the wreck they leave in their wake. The acting is all around excellent, with Chow Yun-Fat especially mesmerizing as the Emperor, who scared me even though he was only on celluloid, and the gorgeous Gong Li as his mad, equally scary wife. Jay Chou’s Jai, the middle of the three Imperial princes, was my favorite character though, and the bond between him and his mother was my favorite relationship in the movie.

I am not going to post pics (because [livejournal.com profile] miss_dian has already done an amazing picspam here) but I do want to blab about it.

It’s going to be behind the cut, as the labyrinthine plot is too good to spoil, so all I will say outside the cut is: if you like complicated family dramas, or period movies, or gorgeous art design, and don’t mind tragedy, go run to the nearest theater.

The Curse of the Golden Flower meta. Loooong )
dangermousie: (Ryo by bloomzy)
As I mentioned, I saw the Chinese movie The Curse of the Golden Flower with the lovely [livejournal.com profile] smartylibrarian last night.

TCotGF deals with the Imperial Family in the 10th Century as they prepare for the Chrysanthemum Festival: all the intrigues, dysfunction, and plotting that surround them, and the wreck they leave in their wake. The acting is all around excellent, with Chow Yun-Fat especially mesmerizing as the Emperor, who scared me even though he was only on celluloid, and the gorgeous Gong Li as his mad, equally scary wife. Jay Chou’s Jai, the middle of the three Imperial princes, was my favorite character though, and the bond between him and his mother was my favorite relationship in the movie.

I am not going to post pics (because [livejournal.com profile] miss_dian has already done an amazing picspam here) but I do want to blab about it.

It’s going to be behind the cut, as the labyrinthine plot is too good to spoil, so all I will say outside the cut is: if you like complicated family dramas, or period movies, or gorgeous art design, and don’t mind tragedy, go run to the nearest theater.

The Curse of the Golden Flower meta. Loooong )
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
Just got back from The Curse of the Golden Flower which I watched with [livejournal.com profile] smartylibrarian.

The long write-up is coming tomorrow, because for one, I am very tired, and for another, I am still reeling, so all I will say for now is:

Wow.

I have never seen a movie this brutal, gorgeous and devastating, all at once. It's like Shakespeare tragedies through an opera lens (and the family makes Lion in the Winter family seem like the Bradies). It's beyond intense and beyond harsh and despairing, and utterly beautiful.

Oh, and Jay Chou, as the 'good' middle son, the only one with real integrity? YUM.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
Just got back from The Curse of the Golden Flower which I watched with [livejournal.com profile] smartylibrarian.

The long write-up is coming tomorrow, because for one, I am very tired, and for another, I am still reeling, so all I will say for now is:

Wow.

I have never seen a movie this brutal, gorgeous and devastating, all at once. It's like Shakespeare tragedies through an opera lens (and the family makes Lion in the Winter family seem like the Bradies). It's beyond intense and beyond harsh and despairing, and utterly beautiful.

Oh, and Jay Chou, as the 'good' middle son, the only one with real integrity? YUM.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
Just got back from The Curse of the Golden Flower which I watched with [livejournal.com profile] smartylibrarian.

The long write-up is coming tomorrow, because for one, I am very tired, and for another, I am still reeling, so all I will say for now is:

Wow.

I have never seen a movie this brutal, gorgeous and devastating, all at once. It's like Shakespeare tragedies through an opera lens (and the family makes Lion in the Winter family seem like the Bradies). It's beyond intense and beyond harsh and despairing, and utterly beautiful.

Oh, and Jay Chou, as the 'good' middle son, the only one with real integrity? YUM.

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