LSC Event Descriptions

April 21 & 22, 2007

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Rated R
114 minutes

Man Cheng Jin Dai Huang Jin Jia (Curse of the Golden Flower) (2006)
April 21, 2007 at 7:00 and 10:00 pm in 26-100
April 22, 2007 at 10:00 pm in 26-100

In 2004, Zhang Yimou caused a sensation with his astonishing House of Flying Daggers, and his Curse of the Golden Flower is yet another dazzling, visually stunning film. Calling again upon the talents of the striking Gong Li, Yimou tells an epic tale of lust and power set in the opulent world of the Later Tang dynasty. The plot follows the story of the Emperor (Chow Yun Fat) and his Empress (Li) and the tragic disintegration of their royal family--whose problems go far beyond the merely dysfunctional. For starters, the ailing Empress has long been having an affair with her stepson, the Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye). Unbeknownst to her, Wan has been dallying with the Imperial Doctor's daughter (Li Man), and has plans to escape the palace with her. Meanwhile, the Emperor himself has just returned from a long trip, and while relations with his wife are obviously icy, it becomes clear that his plans for her are far more ominous than she could ever imagine. Everyone involved has a secret plan for either escape or domination, resulting in an explosive ending wherein the darkest family secrets are revealed and horrifically bloody battles are waged both inside and outside the walls of the sparkling, gold-encrusted palace. []

Sponsored by MISTI (MIT China). English subtitles.

Another glorious spectacle where Mr. Zhang finds new ways to leave you stunned and amazed with every passing frame.
      -- Edward Douglas, Read this review.

2006 Academy Award Nominations: Achievement in Costume Design

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