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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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Action | Drama | Fantasy

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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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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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One of the most beautiful films I've ever seen
10 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Traverse City Film Festival in August 2006 and loved it. As the title suggests, the film is about a promise, or a series of promises, and the events they set into motion. The story unfolds slowly, as fairy tales do, and it's a visual stunner. The sets and costumes are rich and vibrantly colored, and the music and cinematography were breathtakingly beautiful. The subtitles were actually poetic!

This film is pure fantasy and watching it is like watching a painting in motion. Forget realism -- it's a fairytale and must be approached with that in mind. It is not what I would describe as a martial arts film, although there is some stylized fighting a la Crouching Tiger. But unlike that film, I would probably be willing to allow my 8-year-old son to watch this film (with me alongside), as it was not graphically violent (certainly not like Lord of the Rings) and was such a magical fairytale. People who see this film expecting one of those classic martial arts films will be disappointed, because that's not what this film is about. I suspect the many negative comments on this board are from people who had other expectations; I had none when I saw this film and was utterly delighted.

I loved that it surprised me in how it ended, an ending that moved me to tears. This is a film I would love to own and watch again and again. I will definitely look for the soundtrack.

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