Monday, January 15, 2007

Curse of the Golden Flower

I want the king's robe. It is about time the mantle of my robe obsession --"the Comfort of Strangers" flowing white-- was replaced. The king is played by the king of "Anna and the King", Chow Yun Fat. He chews the screen and is as riveting as Gong Li, without the aid of cleavage. You are correct..he did have the robe!
This is a work of fiction, based on a book about another time and another place..apparently palace intrigue has less borders than the region coding system..and can be played in any country. Palace intrigue foments into a coup, and the movie goes grand scale, lush, and absolutely stunning.
The inevitable debate of which film is better, "Hero", "House of Flying Daggers" or "Curse of the Golden Flower" is as distracting as which day is worse..Monday or Friday for the Customer Service types out there.. All three of these films are terrific, and I can't wait for the next one.
We were treated to a weather related private show at a decent theatre that still managed to showcase the differences between projection medium: digital is better. It is not quite VHS to DVD better, but so far once the digital is set up right focus, tracking and sound problems can no longer be blamed on the projector.
Do see this movie on the big screen, it is absolutely that beautiful.

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