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INTERVIEWS/REVIEWS: Gong Li HollywoodNewsWire.net  "Miami Vice"  photo
Curse of the Golden Flower
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Nov 13, 2006
Gong Li and Zhang Yimou

Q1: Why did you change the period of the film?
ZY: It's indeed based on a modern drama called Thunderstorm, which is one of the most famous works from the contemporary canon of modern Chinese texts. It's written by Cao Yu and set in the 1920s and 30s and is a key work in modern China. It's so important in fact that students of dramatic art in China are actually trained with this. It's part of their kind of basic repertoire, that they must perform Thunderstorm during their student days. So this is a work that I've been long familiar with and it's so popular it's performed basically every day in China. If you picked a random day, like today, it's probably performed in some city in China, you will find a performance of Thunderstorm. And it's a story about the way that people are twisted and pushed and they struggle to survive under the feudal system in China. And it has very strong characterization of very powerful characters that are featured there and I thou...

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