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Just Shoot Me

Bala, 28, Gordon Gekko in the making, pseudo-intellectual, cynic, bibliophile, obsessive compulsive ranter...

Curse of the Golden Flower

April 14, 2007

No elaborate Kung Fu fights/training sequences. No striking colour coding gimmicks. No eastern mysticsm. And No skin. This movie is pure and pure palace intrigue. Normally i don't like locked room thrillers and clique intrigue stories. But this one held my attention till the very end. After a while i forgot all the gorgeous settings i was seeing, the golden layout, the push up corsets, the milky breasts, the shining armour everything disappeared. Only the characters and their schemings remained. Even the grand battle scenes at the end didnt register at all. Adultery, back stabbings, coup planning, tyranny, forbidden love affairs, returning prodigal sons, all sorts of intrigue has been packaged into this one movie skillfully and interestingly. And the acting is extremely good - Gong Li was the best of the lot. But even chow-yun Fat has a great performance as the all powerful master schemer. (i am sorta prejudiced against fat coz of seeing all the double handed pistol action he has dished out in countless john woo movies). If you like cerebral films this is a must watch

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