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Curse of the Golden Flower Details


A dying love between two powerful people leads to deceit, infidelity, and conspiracy in this epic-scale historical drama from director Zhang Yimou. During the latter days of the Tang dynasty, the Emperor (Chow Yun-Fat) returns home from the war with his son Prince Jai (Jay Chou) in tow. However, the monarch gets a chilly reception from the Empress (Gong Li); though she's eager to see her son, her marriage has become deeply acrimonious, and she's taken a lover, Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye), her stepson from the Emperor's first marriage. The Emperor, meanwhile, has his own plan for dealing with his failing marriage -- he's ordered the Imperial Doctor (Ni Dahong) to find an exotic drug that will drive the Empress insane and administer it to her without her knowledge. However, the doctor's ethical dilemma is intensified by the fact his daughter Chan (Li Man) has fallen in love with Crown Prince Wan and the two wish to elope. As the Emperor and Empress allow their estrangement to sink into violence and retribution, their youngest son, Prince Yu (Qin Junjie), struggles to keep the peace in the household. Curse of the Golden Flower (aka Man Cheng Jim Dai Huang Jin Jia) received its North American premiere at the 2006 American Film Institute Los Angeles Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 21, 2006


Awarded by
Art Directors Guild Huo Tingxiao Best Art Direction in a Period Film 2006 Winner
New York Film Critics Society Zhao Xiaoding Best Cinematographer (Runner-up) 2006 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Zhao Xiaoding Best Cinematography (Runner-up) 2006 Winner
Satellite Awards Zhao Xiaoding Best Cinematography 2006 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Zhao Xiaoding Best Cinematography 2006 Nominee
Costume Guild Awards Yee Chung-man Best Costumes in a Period Film 2006 Winner
Satellite Awards Yee Chung-man Best Costume Design 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Yee Chung-man Best Costume Design 2006 Nominee


Chow Yun-Fat
as Emperor Ping
Gong Li
as Empress Phoenix
Jay Chou
as Prince Jay
Liu Ye
as Crown Prince Wan
Chen Jin
as Mrs. Jang (Imperial Doctor's Wife)
Ni Dahong
as Imperial Physician Jiang
Qin Junjie
as Prince Yu
Li Ming
Feng Dinghong
Li Yufei
Ge Dan
Li Shuang
Zhang Yu
Zhang Wen
Li Yang


Zhang Yimou
Bill Kong
Zhang Weiping
Bian Zhihong
Zhang Yimou
Zhao Xiaoding
Cheng Long
Huo Tingxiao
Production Designer
Wei Xinhua
Art Director
Sun Hongwu
Art Director
Zong Minxuan
Art Director
Dong Chengguang
Art Director
Zhang Zhenyan
Associate Producer
Yee Chung-man
Costume Designer
Liu Guonan
First Assistant Director
Liang Yu
First Assistant Director
Fu Lulu
First Assistant Director
Zhu Ming
Properties Master
Li Cai
Fights Choreographer
Kang Xiaowei
Production Accountant
Emily Lin
Hair Styles
Liu Mingna
Production Accountant
Shigeru Umebayashi
Music Producer
Liu Jianping
Lu Dan
Script Supervisor
Li Kai
Assistant Director
Roger Savage
Re-Recording Mixer
Wang Bin
Screenplay Consultant
Wu Jing
Line Producer
Angela Barson
Visual Effects Supervisor
Angie Lam
Post Production Supervisor