Chow Yun-Fat, who plays the lead character in Curse of the Golden Flower, has officially denied through a written statement, that he had ever said individuals who gave positive reviews to the film were hired by the studio. According to the statement published on Sina.com.cn, the rumor was actually fabricated by a reporter, who failed to get a ticket to see the film. Chow had demanded the reporter and the organization the report works for to apologize to him and the production company Beijing New Picture Film Co. To be qualified for the Best Foreign Language Film award of next year’s Oscar, "Curse of the Golden Flower" has been going through a week-long qualification run in Beijing, which will end by this weekend. It is only shown once a day and admission tickets are in very high demand. So far, responses from people who have seen this film are surprisingly highly positive.