The promise

The promise

DVD - 2006 | Chinese
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Follow the journey and battle between a powerful duke, a military general, and a slave who fall in love with the same woman.
Publisher: Beijing : 21-st Century Shengkai-China Film Group ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2006, c2005
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col.; 12 cm

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mjcuaycong
Mar 25, 2012

This movie is really a fable: a mythical story about good vs. evil with characters having fantastical abilities and mystical places. It is also a story about making decisions, the longterm effects those decisions have on our lives and others, and how we come to realize the connections between those decisions and their effect on our life, e.g. young Qingcheng's choice with the goddess, Snow Wolf's decision to where the black robe.
The actor who played Kunlun (Dong-gun Jang) had wonderful facial expressions - keeping his innocence and clarity of soul while learning to cope with the darker side of life. Nicholas Tse was a menacing Wuhuan - the evil protagonist.
Beautiful costumes but WAY too much flying and CGI effects...Cinematographer who did Crouching Tiger got carried away. At one point I wished the actors would stay on terra firma for just one whole scene.
Lastly, the DVD seems defaulted to English dubbing. I enjoyed it better when I changed to Chinese with English subtitles.

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jgrnlees
Sep 08, 2011

This was an okay movie. The characters never really gelled for me but I thought the story had promise.

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jgrnlees
Sep 08, 2011

Sexual Content: There was not any overt nudity, however characters were shown as clearly having just had sex. These scenes were affectionate, though, not overly sexual.

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jgrnlees
Sep 08, 2011

Violence: There was a lot of fighting (sword fights, fist fights) in this film, much of it to the death.

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jgrnlees
Sep 08, 2011

jgrnlees thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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