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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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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 ... 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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slave | princess | general | armor | king | See All (50) »

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:

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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Weinstein Co. has handed back distribution rights for all major English speaking countries to its producers, China Film Group Corp. and Moonstone Entertainment. Reportedly, the producers of the film, including director Kaige Chen, demanded a wider released in the US and the Weinstein Co. was only willing to give it a limited exposure. Warner Independent then picked up the rights and as a result the film's title was changed back from "Master of the Crimson Armor" to "The Promise", the English title used in most countries. 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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Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »

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Beautiful and tragic love story
18 February 2006 | by lyrebirdSee all my reviews

I've seen the movie and I liked it very much, even more than "Hero" or "Crouching tiger, hidden dragon" (and they were excellent!). The movie is colorful, the actors are good, the plot is magical and captivating, lots of battle scenes and martial arts.

The one thing that you should keep in mind when you decide to go and watch it, however, is that there's one important difference between "Promise" and "Tiger/Dragon", for example. While the latter was mainly about the martial arts, magical swords and true warriors searching for their destiny and characters' relationship remained peacefully in the background, "the Promise", despite its many combat scenes and stuff like this, is a love story, a fairy tale. Which makes it sort of similar to the "House of flying daggers".

The flaws? Well, I suppose there're some, because nothing is perfect. But, personally, I didn't notice any.

It's a beautiful love story and it's worth watching. There's a right time for everything and there are not many bad movies....

Enjoy it!


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