Asian films apparently still soar high abroad as another Chinese movie is about to be brought up beyond the continent and this time, it's Zhang Yimou's "Curse of the Golden Flower" that earned the honor. Though the release date has not yet been fixed, it is confirmed that Sony Pictures Classics has secured the North American and Latin American rights to this martial-arts romantic drama featuring two of the biggest Asian stars Chow Yun-Fat and Gong Li. "We feel 'Curse of the Golden Flower' will be a culmination of Zhang Yimou's great career," so SPC co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard explained on their reason of picking up the movie.
The ninth project Zhang has collaborated with Sony Pictures Classics, "Curse of the Golden Flower" revolves around the love story between a royal prince played by Chow and an imperial bodyguard portrayed by Gong set in medieval time in China.
Chow, a veteran actor in his homeland, has become a familiar face in American region since the success of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000) worldwide while Gong was latest seen internationally in acclaimed feature of "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005).