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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.


Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
General Guangming
Princess Qingcheng
Snow Wolf
Chen Hong ...
Goddess Manshen (as Hong Chen)
Qian Cheng ...
The Emperor
Calvin Yu ...
Ye Li (as Xiao Wei Yu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chun-Xiao ...
Princess Qingcheng (voice)
Xiaotong Guan ...
Young Qingcheng
Shi Lei ...
Young Wuhuan
Wuhan (voice)
Lu Peng ...
General in red
Qian Po ...
(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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Action | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When this movie's North American distributions were under contracts of Weinstein Company, it was titled "Master of the Crimson Armor" for American appeal. But since they were given to Warner Independent Pictures, they used the English title used in most countries called "The Promise". 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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Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »

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Let Your Mind Go
7 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I was a kid, going to the movies gave me a rush like nothing else, but for the last few years my movie-going experience has been one disappointment after another. "The Promise" was a very rare exception.

I'm not saying this movie is for everybody. It's heavily stylized, and the mythical nature of the story requires a certain suspension of disbelief. BUT, if you crave stimulation for your eyes, your ears, and your imagination, this movie will deliver. The score is incredible, and every frame is stunning, visually. The story is a fairy tale. If you let yourself get lost in it, the experience will be magical. If you spend your time analyzing, breaking down the laws of physics, and worrying whether you're getting all the intended messages, you will most likely come away unsatisfied.

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