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Wu ji (2005)

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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Cast

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 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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Storyline

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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Genres:

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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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [China] | See more »

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:

HKD 60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$272,838, 7 May 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,186,236, 12 May 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

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Ignore the harsh critics, with the right mind set this movie soars
8 May 2006 | by objesguySee all my reviews

The Promise directed by Chen Kaige, who directed the excellent but depressing Farewell My Concubine, is pretty much being hated by people everywhere on this database. Everybody claims that it's not a real martial arts film, that the cast is terrible, the special effects are cheesy, the story is garbage and the directing is just plain awful. Well, there is some truth in some of those comments. But instead of looking at it a negative way, one should look at those negatives with a glass half-full approach, and one realize there is a very enjoyable movie underneath all this massive criticism.

Yes, The Promise is not a martial arts movie, i'll be the first to admit that. It's such a shame that this movie is being compared to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero because this movie is not at all like those films. For starters, this movie is less Jet Li and more Lord of the Rings, but with an Asian influence. That being said, i found that element of the movie quite intriguing, for the costumes and the cultures of the characters in the movie made me feel as if i were reading a fantasy novel rather than merely watching a martial arts film. Furthermore, since this movie is not a martial arts film really, one should realize that this movie isn't about China, contrary to what many people think. So it makes sense that there is a range of other Asian actors in this film, despite what everyone else making it out that it is ludicrous. The director Chen Kaige wanted to present a story in a land that was just limited to Chinese people, Japanese people or one simple Asian people. He wanted to create his own land, with his own people, perhaps his own mythology one could say. I find it quite intriguing when people create their own mythology, after all, it works for Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino, why can't it work for Kaige? So the story excels, not perfect, but it is still intriguing enough. So what about the acting? Not superb either, but still quite solid. Though i was a little disappointed in Cecilia Cheung, i was surprisingly enamored with Nicholas Tse. For some reason, his character had me hooked, intrigued, and his role at the ending may be either clever or stupid depending on your openness to this movie. Hiroyuki Sanada was also quite a surprise, but i felt a little let down by his performance as well, expecting perhaps too much from a character that was limited. As for the slave Kunlun, he perhaps had a very stellar performance as the slave turned hero, but to me, he didn't compare to Nicholas Tse.

The effects of the movie aren't the greatest, at times they are cheesy and some part even had me chuckle a bit, making me feel as if i were watching an anime film and not a real movie. Yet contrary to what many people say, it doesn't take anything away from the movie. And as far as the directing, i believe Chen Kaige did a fantastic job. He is a very underrated director, which is hard to say for a guy that won the 1993 Cann Palm D'or, but i believe he needs to have some supporters with all the critique he gets from movie audiences all over the world.

The Promise is a glorious film and i was enamored with it from beginning to end. It may not be one of the best Asian films out there (Wong Kar Wai is still the king of Asian Cinema), and i'm still scratching my head on why the government of China would sponsor a film like this (considering it really is about any Chinese history whatsoever), but it is enjoyable. If you're looking for a fun, fantasy romance that has a little bit more substance than the simple hack and slash fantasy film, this is your call. If you're looking though for a dramatic martial arts film in the mold of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, you might be a little disappointed. But nonetheless, it's a good film that deserves recognition.


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