4 Yimou Rounds of the TrilogyHighburySquirrel | 05/06/2007 | See all HighburySquirrel's reviews (38)Zhang Yimou ends his Wuxia trilogy with this epic drama. Playing out like a Shakespeare story set in China, Curse of the Golden Flower delivers a very impressive film. Not as good or actioned packed as Hero, however, not as dull and boring as House of the Flying Daggers, Curse is a very good film to watch. The story is strong, An Empress being slowly poisoned by her Emperor husband with other plot twists that had me gripped all the way through. A strong story line helps you to not notice the lack of martial arts in this one, however when there is action, it doesn't fail to deliver.The look of this film is incredible, every shot is like a painting, and the attention to detail with costume, props and set are incredible, more colours than the rainbow could offer.A fantastic battle scene at the end reminds us we've not seen a war this good since Helm's Deep and it never fails to impress. It's slow paced towards the end which is it's downfall, stopping it from being a 5 *. The performance from Gong Li as the Empress really carries this film, she's incredible and Chow Yun Fat show's his darker side as the Emperor, first time I've seen him not be the hero.A visually stunning film which sits perfectly side by side with Hero & Flying Daggers. A keeper for me, a must watch for everyone who's a fan of the East!