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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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This film is adapted from the novel of Ah Cheng. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976),

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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

The literal English translation of the original Chinese title "Wu Ji" (in Mandarin Chinese) is "completely devoid of worries, thought, or desires" (Wenlin dict.) 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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Chinese fairy-tale in computer graphics
9 December 2006 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

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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Country:

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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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