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'Golden Flower' is lovely but artificial

In Curse of the Golden Flower, Zhang Yimou tries to top the breathtaking poetic spectacle of his masterpiece, House of Flying Daggers, and instead plummets into self-parody.

In this imperially embossed soap opera, the bodices come pre-burst, thanks to the lascivious 10th-century fashions of the Later Tang Dynasty.

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Curse of the Golden Flower (Sony Pictures Classics) Starring Gong Li, Chow Yun Fat. Directed by Zhang Yimou. Rated R. Time 114 minutes.


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