Saw a preview screening of Curse of the Golden Flower tonight. I was pretty excited as it is the same director as Hero and House of Flying Daggers.
This film is as visually exciting as the others, and the sound design is once again excellent. The action sequences were absolutely amazing. There are a few obvious visual effects shots, but the director said there were less than 20 effects shots in the film... and 1000 extras, mostly from the Chinese army.
However, the plot was a little on the melodramatic side. It was more along the lines of a soap opera than an action film. Yet it's still worth seeing.