China, Later Tang Dynasty, 10th Century. On the eve of the Chong Yang Festival, golden flowers fill the Imperial Palace. The Emperor (Chow Yun Fat) returns unexpectedly with his second son, Prince Jai (Jay Chou). His pretext is to celebrate the holiday with his family, but given the chilled relations between the Emperor and the ailing Empress (Gong Li), this seems disingenuous. For many years, the Empress and Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye), her stepson, have had an illicit liaison. Feeling trapped, Prince Wan dreams of escaping the palace with his secret love Chan (Li Man), the Imperial Doctor's daughter. Meanwhile, Prince Jai, the faithful son, grows worried over the Empress's health and her obsession with golden chrysanthemums. Could she be headed down an ominous path? The Emperor harbors equally clandestine plans; the Imperial Doctor (Ni Dahong) is the only one privy to his machinations. When the Emperor senses a looming threat, he relocates the doctor's family from the Palace to a ...
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Unspeakable secrets are hidden within the Forbidden City.
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12 January 2007 (USA)
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Also Known As:
City of Golden Armor
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Opening Weekend USA: $489,000,
24 December 2006
Gross USA: $6,566,773
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $78,568,977
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Although sometimes not noticeable, each actor is dressed in 4-5 layers of clothing, sometimes 5-6 layers. Each layer is meticulously embroidered. See more
When the Empress is dressing for the Chrysanthemum festival. Bobby pins and hair pins are visible in her hair. They were not produced until 1916. Chinese are noted with other decorative adornments to hold their hair in place such as combs and other trinkets seen in the movie. See more
[while placing ingredients on a scale
This will cure your anemia.
I thank His Majesty for his concern.
All good medicine tastes bitter.
You have excess bile, poor digestion, Yin and Yang are out of balance. That is why you are so infractious, listless and lethargic, and capable of nothing but cutting remarks. These are all sympptoms of anemia.
It has been more than ten years. My so-called sickness is clearly not improving with Your Majesty's treatment.
[angrily throws scale to the ground
The UK version had to have 4 seconds removed from it to remove illegal horse falls that contravened that country's Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more
Version of Thunderstorm
Curse of the Golden Flower
Written by Jay Chou
Performed by Adam S. Shen See more