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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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Kaige Chen
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Dong-Gun Jang ... Kunlun
Hiroyuki Sanada ... General Guangming
Cecilia Cheung ... Princess Qingcheng
Nicholas Tse ... Wuhuan
Ye Liu ... Snow Wolf
Hong Chen ... Goddess Manshen
Qian Cheng Qian Cheng ... The Emperor
Calvin Yu Calvin Yu ... Ye Li (as Xiao Wei Yu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chun-Xiao Chun-Xiao ... Princess Qingcheng (voice)
Xiaotong Guan ... Young Qingcheng
Shi Lei Shi Lei ... Young Wuhuan
Peng Lu Peng Lu ... General in red
Toby Leonard Moore ... Wuhan (voice)
Qian Po Qian Po ... One-Eye
Anthony Brandon Wong ... (voice) (as Anthony Wong)
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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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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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Trivia

China's official submission for the 2005 Academy Awards, Foreign Language film category. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Connections

Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »

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This movie is a combination of 'Hero' and 'Bulletproof Monk'
10 May 2006 | by Movieguy_blogs_comSee all my reviews

SPOILER: In 'The Promise' Cecilia Cheung plays Qingcheng, an orphan girl trying to survive. While on a battlefield, she tries to find scraps of food from the dead soldiers to bring back to her sick mother. While trying to escape the son of one of the generals, Qingcheng runs into the goddess Manshen (Hong Chen). Manshen informs Qingcheng that her mother is dead and strikes a deal with her. From this day forth Qingcheng will always live in luxury, but every man she falls in love with she will eventually lose. Qingcheng agrees to the bargain.

This movie is a combination of 'Hero' and 'Bulletproof Monk'. This is another Chinese legend epic that really fails as a movie. The moral of the story is hard to follow and takes forever to get its point across. On the plus side, it is a very visually stunning movie. It better be since it is the most expensive film in Chinese history with a budget of $35 million.

If you like 'Hero' and 'House of Flying Daggers', you might like this. Else, don't go see it.


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Country:

China | South Korea | USA

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

5 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Master of the Crimson Armor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

HKD60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$272,838, 7 May 2006

Gross USA:

$669,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,995,924
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2.35 : 1
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