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The Promise (2005)
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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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Kunlun
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Princess Qingcheng
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Wuhuan
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Snow Wolf
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Goddess Manshen
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The Emperor
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Ye Li
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Chun-Xiao ...
Princess Qingcheng (voice)
Xiaotong Guan ...
Young Qingcheng
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Young Wuhuan
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Wuhan (voice)
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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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15 December 2005 (China)  »

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Master of the Crimson Armor  »

Box Office

Budget:

HKD 60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$272,838 (USA) (5 May 2006)

Gross:

$668,171 (USA) (9 June 2006)
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This is the most expensive film in Chinese history with a budget of 282,572,490 Yuan ($35 Million). See more »

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

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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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The Good, The Bad, The Forgivable
12 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

The first 30 minutes of The Promise I was ... dismayed. The CGI effects were ridiculous and poorly executed most especially with the battle with the bulls. The characters didn't even seem connected to the scenery, the dramatic abilities of the main character weren't awe-inspiring but laughable instead.

After that rough introduction they integrated the effects with more care and as I grew more accustomed to the abilities they were presenting I was able to settle back into the story and really enjoy it.

The Promise lets you down early only to pick you up and carry you to a very beautiful and well-told tale of love and betrayal. Not to mention that the primary characters are very easy on the eyes. ;) Highly recommended for those that are either willing to ignore some early cgi-cheese or change their initial impressions.

8 of 10, as I quickly forgave the introduction's effects issues.


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