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The Promise (2005)
"Wu ji" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Fantasy  |  5 May 2006 (USA)
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Empowered by the love of a slave (Jang), a royal concubine (Cheung) is given the chance to make an extraordinary decision.


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Credited cast:
General Guangming
Cecilia Cheung ...
Princess Qingcheng
Snow Wolf
Hong Chen ...
Goddess Manshen
Qian Cheng ...
The Emperor
Xiao Wei Yu ...
Ye Li
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chun-Xiao ...
Princess Qingcheng (voice)
Xiaotong Guan ...
Young Qingcheng
Shi Lei ...
Young Wuhuan
Wuhan (voice)
(voice) (as Anthony Wong)


When the world was young, laid a Kingdom between the Land of Snow and the Barbarian Territory where gods and men lived side by side and promises were lies. When the poor and starving orphaned girl Qingcheng meets the Goddess Manshen, she accepts to become the wealthy beauty of beauties with the curse that she would lose every man she loves, unless three things happen: snow falls in the spring, time moves backwards and the dead comes back to life. Years later, the slave Kunlun helps the Great General Master of the Crimson Armor Guangming to defeat a barbarian army with almost seven times more warriors, and Kunlun becomes his slave. When Guangming is wounded, he asks Kunlun to wear his armor and save the king from the cruel Duke of the North Wuhuan that put the Imperial City under siege with his army. However, Kunlun kills the king to save Princess Qingcheng and promises her to never let her die. Princess Qingcheng falls in love for the man of the crimson armor that she believes is ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for stylized violence and martial arts action, and some sexual content | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

5 May 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Master of the Crimson Armor  »

Box Office


HKD 60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$308,987 (Hong Kong) (16 December 2005)


$668,171 (USA) (9 June 2006)

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The Weinstein Co. has handed back distribution rights for all major English speaking countries to its producers, China Film Group Corp. and Moonstone Entertainment. Reportedly, the producers of the film, including director Kaige Chen, demanded a wider released in the US and the Weinstein Co. was only willing to give it a limited exposure. Warner Independent then picked up the rights and as a result the film's title was changed back from "Master of the Crimson Armor" to "The Promise", the English title used in most countries. See more »


As Kunlun enters Qingcheng's birdcage, the wire to lower him is visible. See more »


Goddess Manshen: Once you have accepted your destiny, nothing can alter it unless time flows backwards, snow falls in the spring, and the dead come back to life.
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A Chinese fairytale with something extra
6 November 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This movie is a beautiful fairytale. Everything worked,the music and scenery were top notch. The special effects were great. I must admit that the scene with the bulls running reminded me of the Lion King and that at that moment I thought this movie would be ridiculous. Instead it was the opposite. Most of the the themes are very serious ones like love,honor and betrayal. Only the ending was a bit confusing,but I think they did that to add some extra dimension or mystery to the story. I understand why many reviewers were a bit disappointed with this movie as they were expecting a martial arts movie. Although there is some martial arts this movie isn't about that. I enjoyed every minute of this movie and that is more than I can say about most of the Hollywood movies that came out this year (2006).

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