To save the only child of the Zhao Family, whose entire clan was massacred at the hands of a nefarious minister, a doctor sacrifices his own son; after the Zhao child grows up, the doctor becomes intent on seeking his vengeance.
During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
Not far from Shanghai, in a country town stands the palatial home of the Pang family. Old Master Pang is an addict who brings up his beautiful daughter Ruyi on opium smoke. Her older ... See full summary »
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
Director Kaige Chen became known world-wide with 'Farewell My Concumbine', then tried his luck in Hollywood with disappointing results, and here he is now back in China, joining the trend of Chinese historic-fairy tale-martial art movies. The result is not bad, although I have seen much better movies in the genre.
'Wu Ji' ('The Promise') abandons from start any pretension of realism or historic truth and by using not very sophisticated computer graphics and a Disney palette of colors places itself in legend realm. It's a fairy tale, with princesses and kings and faithful slaves and lovers and imbroglios, all mixed in quite a convincing manner, and acted with less the the usual far-east theatricality that in some cases rejects the western public understanding. The amount of martial arts and gravity defying tricks is a bit lower than in other films, and this happens at the expense of sentiments, which is not bad, and gives the movie a more human touch I personally liked. Without being perfect and reaching the heights of other Chinese films in the last years it's still an acceptable product in its genre.
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