We gave it a B
Boy, is there ever ominous buildup in the lavish Curse of the Golden Flower from Zhang Yimou (Hero). Gong’s scheming Empress dons a bejeweled hair comb? Cue the chorus of tenors! Chow’s treacherous Emperor approaches his steam bath? Bang those drums! But for all the portentousness, there are few surprises in what boils down to a tale of betrayal in a 10th-century imperial family.
EXTRAS In a behind-the-scenes featurette, Chow playfully cops to a schoolboy crush: ”I like Gong Li very much. Very much.” B