I watched this movie by the Chinese Director Zhang Yimou yesterday , called "Curse of the Golden Flower". Very impressive. Little too colorful and extravagant for a movie, but the story undertone and the performances were very good.
This is about the 10 century Tang Dynasty emperor, and the in-house power struggle. Well crafted screen play and editing.
The over use of the set, colours, stunt choreography and costumes does take away some of the cinematic values, though.
for details on the story and other credits , check this