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( Apr. 19th, 2011 10:21 am)
Twenty-four revolutions around the sun!
Name three fics you think I will never, ever, ever write. In return, I will attempt to write a snippet of one of them.

Meme is CLOSED.
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Yeah, that just happened.

The imperial family in this movie puts the "fun" in "dysfunctional". The Emperor is poisoning the Empress, either because she's sleeping with her step-son and his crown prince or just because. From what we see of the Emperor, I'm leaning towards 'just because'.

Crown Prince Wan has been having an affair with the Empress. He also has been having an affair with the Imperial Doctor's daughter.

The Imperial Doctor, on order of the Emperor, has been having his daughter add a poison to the Empress's medicine that will destroy her mental faculties within six months.

Second Prince Jai has just returned from warring in the frontiers. He loves his mother in an entirely filial way. He loves his mother more than his father, which is a key and important thing when the Empress tells him the Emperor is poisoning her.

Third Prince Yu seems very innocent, except for the part where we see him listening around when everyone is conspiring in various ways.

This all culminates in the night of the Chrysanthemum Festival, and... oh dear GOD, the ending of this movie. The entire night of the Chrysanthemum Festival is just so... There is nothing I can say that is not full of spoilers. And even the spoilers will be interspersed with me just going "... yeah, that just happened".

The costuming is gorgeous, the sets are amazing, and the whole thing is just full of this dazzling opulence. It almost distracts from the way the Emperor and the Empress are complete NUTJOBS.
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