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91 Ratings

The Promise

Wu ji

Directed by Chen Kaige
China, United States, 2005
Action, Fantasy, Drama


Empowered by the love of a slave, a royal concubine is given the chance to make an extraordinary decision.

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The Promise Directed by Chen Kaige

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

2006 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Hong Kong Film Awards

2006 | 5 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Critics reviews

Chen Kaige clearly intended this Chinese fantasy-action spectacle (2005) to top Zhang Yimou’s Hero, and I must admit that I prefer it to the earlier movie: the digital effects are sometimes excessive, yet Chen’s story of a loyal slave, his master, and a wealthy, seemingly doomed princess is more affecting, especially in the closing stretch.
May 04, 2006
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