Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Chinese Movie//The Promise

The Promise

Submitted to the 78th Academy Awards and nominated at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards under the Best Foreign Language Film category, Chen Kaige's long-anticipated period epic The Promise (a.k.a. Master Of The Crimson Armor) finally comes to DVD! Chen Kaige, a multiple award-winning director (Farewell My Concubine), teams up with a star-studded cast including Sanada Hiroyuki, Jang Dong Gun, Nicolas Tse, Cecilia Cheung, and Liu Ye to offer a fascinating fantasy! The film also has Peter Pau and Timmy Yip, both Oscar winners for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, to take care of cinematography and art direction.

Reportedly boasting a 300 million budget (roughly US$37 million), The Promise is filled with astounding visual effects and spectacular scenes. The story is set in an unknown time in history in an imagined Asian world, a setting that actually enhances the film's exotic atmosphere. Cecilia Cheung stars as a rich princess desired by all men but cursed to never experience true love. Slave Kunlun (Jang Dong Gun, Typhoon and Taegukgi) is willing to sacrifice everything he has, even his life, to alter her fate. Meanwhile, a ruthless warrior (Sanada Hiroyuki, Aegis), and a duke (Nicholas Tse, New Police Story) both fall for her... A silver-screen extravaganza about promise, loyalty, betrayal, and love, The Promise is perhaps the most exquisite Chinese movie in 2005!


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