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Curse of the Golden Flower
(2006)
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Composed, Conducted and Produced by:
Shigeru Umebayashi
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Lakeshore Records
(January 23rd, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have been intrigued by previous combinations of Chinese and Western sounds in film scores of the 2000's and are ready for an almost perfect blend of massive choral and orchestral ensembles with Eastern solo instruments.

Avoid it... if the epic chants of The Lion in Winter or The 13th Warrior, or the presence of any Chinese instruments, get on your nerves despite the harmonic nature of their underlying structures.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #880
WRITTEN 2/16/07
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Curse of the Golden Flower: (Shigeru Umebayashi) Director Zhang Yimou has proven through the years that he is capable of both high melodrama and extreme action, ranging from Raise the Red Lantern to House of Flying Daggers in his Mandarin-language efforts. While Curse of the Golden Flower is stylistically similar in its martial arts blend to the more recent Hero end of the spectrum, the 2006 film is a blazing attempt to combine the spectacle of the battle-driven, computer-generation action with the intrigue of a true Shakespearian story. Curse of the Golden Flower does have the highly stylish action and brilliant cinematography of the martial favorites, but its story, based on a 1930's Chinese play and transferred back to its proper setting in the 10th Century, is a merging of Hamlet and The Lion in Winter. The Chinese Emperor is slowly poisoning the Empress for a variety of reasons, including incest and betrayal. The Empress is sexually involved with one of the Emperor's sons and is plotting with others to overthrow the Emperor. Other characters become tangled in the web of murder and deceit, with the script using the elegance of complex Shakespearian linguistics while offering the revolting but strikingly enticing personality conflicts and scheming of the various factions in The Lion in Winter. It may not be entirely fresh, and critics have remarked that the complicated layers in the story make it a tad difficult for Western audiences to completely understand, but nobody has questioned the remarkable beauty of the film's use of colors and other stunning visual elements.



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208 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.42 Stars
***** 63 5 Stars
**** 51 4 Stars
*** 38 3 Stars
** 24 2 Stars
* 32 1 Stars
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My all-time favourite
Philipp - June 9, 2015, at 2:05 p.m.
1 comment  (311 views)
One hell of a great score
thw - May 19, 2009, at 9:26 a.m.
1 comment  (1434 views)
Enthralls and bores in equal intervals
jon - April 7, 2007, at 5:44 p.m.
1 comment  (2446 views)
If you like vocal work...
Jeroen - March 5, 2007, at 11:18 a.m.
1 comment  (2399 views)
A very alternate review...
franz_conrad - March 4, 2007, at 4:12 p.m.
1 comment  (2579 views)
Whoa...
Indy2003 - March 3, 2007, at 12:02 p.m.
1 comment  (2392 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 49:08
• 1. Opening (0:55)
• 2. Tai-He-Song (1:17)
• 3. Return to the Palace (1:22)
• 4. Theme of the Emperor (1:28)
• 5. Theme of the Empress (1:45)
• 6. Empress's Solitude (0:46)
• 7. Shadow & Escape (1:34)
• 8. Again (1:38)
• 9. Mother & Jai (3:58)
• 10. Portrait (0:41)
• 11. Theme of the Empress Fate (2:05)
• 12. Fight of the Sickle Troops (2:29)
• 13. Emperor & Empress (2:46)
• 14. Behind Pageant (3:09)
• 15. Huang Jin Jia (0:56)
• 16. Rebellion (2:52)
• 17. Prince Yu's Ambition (1:25)
• 18. Betray to the Emperor (2:40)
• 19. Heroic Battle (3:38)
• 20. Wan's Last Moment (1:04)
• 21. End of the War (1:18)
• 22. Imperial Ceremony (1:41)
• 23. Curse of the Golden Flower (2:38)
• 24. Ending Title (5:03)

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