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The Promise [DVD] [2005]

Dong-Kun Jang , Hiroyuki Sanada , Kaige Chen    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dong-Kun Jang, Hiroyuki Sanada, Cecilia Cheung, Nicholas Tse, Ye Liu
  • Directors: Kaige Chen
  • Producers: Hong Chen, Sanping Han, Dong-ju Kim, Ernst Etchie Stroh
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Koch Media
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U74D1Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,244 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Martial arts fantasy adventure based on a story from Chinese mythology. Cecilia Cheung stars as Qingcheng a poor and starving orphan who is offered a deal by the Goddess Manshen (Hong Chen): she can live the rest of her life in the lap of luxury but will eventually lose every man she loves. Following a case of mistaken identity Qingcheng's fate becomes entwined with that of Kunlun (Dong-Kun Jang) the slave of the great General of the Crimson Armour (Hiroyuki Sanada). But with their fates sealed by a seemingly cruel and capricious higher power can either of them choose the life they want?

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The Promise

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Promise: A modern Fantasy masterpiece. 2 Aug 2007
The Promise is one of the finest Asian movies of recent years and strangely has gained a number of very negative reviews from various sources. Much of this stems from a misinterpretation of it as a film. Be warned, this is not a martial arts/kung fu movie,say in the vein of Hero, although it does have many excellent fight scenes. It is in fact a fairy tale told in a bravura style by one of the worlds best film directors. It has more in common with the original (dark) Grimm's tales than it does with any recent examples of cinema. Two of the main characters are cursed in some way by a Goddess, ensuring that the film is essentially a tragedy, albeit one with a "happy" ending.
I found this to be an incredibly uplifting visual experience, one greatly helped by one of the most beautiful soundtracks of recent years. The cinematography and image compositions are superb throughout. Approach this film with an open mind and you will enjoy what is, in my view, a genuine masterpiece of fantasy film making
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 9 April 2011
I gave it 5 stars because i don't think one could ask for more from a movie that is clearly advertised as a fantasy.
It certainly is all that!
The martial art element is fine but mostly to support the context of the fantasy.
If you like martial arts movies or are a student of martial arts then you will not like this if you only apprecitate the violent side of such. If however you can appreciate the path to enlightenment side of martial arts and indeed have a sense of beauty then i expect you will enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it. 2 Mar 2013
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Action, romance, martial arts, beautiful vibrant scenes. What's not to like. Oh did I mention the fantasy and intrigue and the price.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear... 21 Nov 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Chen Keige's misbegotten The Promise is possibly the only Asian film that can make you feel sorry for producer Harvey Weinstein, who pre-brought the film before realizing that he'd made a big mistake on seeing the end result. It's hard not to think that all that bad karma from cutting Asian films to ribbons finally caught up with him with this one. I should have known what to expect when I saw exploitation specialist Etchie Stroh's name as one of the producers. It's not a total loss, but it is a helluva mess just on a technical level, boasting probably the worst CGI effects in a big budget film. Some of them look just one step up from animatics or late 80s arcade games, while the opening stampede plays like a Road-Runner cartoon crossed with an early Neolithic cave painting. But then the sound mixing is sometimes equally awkward, leaving you with the impression that the film was rushed into completion in the hopes of scoring some Oscar nominations that they didn't quite manage to finish any it. Of course, it is just possible that everyone concerned saw what a totally bonkers movie this is and decided to sneak home early from work each day.

It's not fair to describe it as Asia's Alexander, because although often horribly executed, there was a governing intelligence behind that. By contrast, this seems more of a cynical attempt to capture a slice of the international market Zhang Yimou and Ang Lee cornered with a fantasy epic cum fairytale. Unfortunately, despite a promising initial premise and mostly game performances, Kaige really isn't suited to this kind of material and seems to be throwing in elements simply because they worked in other people's hit movies.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 6 July 2014
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Good special effect, story line 👎
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5.0 out of 5 stars a few twists and turns 30 Jun 2014
By John W.
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good movie well worth watching
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy. 30 Jun 2014
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I really liked this movie, well worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Promise (2005) 17 Jun 2014
By cercia
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A film about the heart, and Hiroyuki Sanada's best role, in my opinion. He's the red-clad general, Guangming, who is caught up in a love triangle with the protagonist Kunlun (Jang Don Gun), and the suffering princess Qingcheng (Cecilia Cheung). Like other characters in the film, Sanada has been visited by the goddess Manshen (Chen Hong), who gives out the price of her favours. The villain is Duke Wuhan (Nicholas Tse), a despotic warlord threatening to overthrow the king. The stage is set for a dramatic, coherent story as characters struggle to save each other - a theme played upon in many Chinese films - embodied by Kunlun's unforgettable line: 'I want you to live'. And, just what is 'The promise'?

Everything in this film is as polished as Chinese lacquer. The music and visuals will appeal to people who love classical history or Koei's 'Dynasty Warriors' and 'Kessen' game styles. Even the less fantasy-afflicted can pick up on the film's sheer romance and lush photography.
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3.0 out of 5 stars IT is all right I hope it was going to ...
IT is all right I hope it was going to be better
Published 1 month ago by J. Rice
3.0 out of 5 stars A movie with a promising start
Martial arts fantasy romantic adventure based on a story from Chinese mythology.

When the world was young, laid a Kingdom between the Land of Snow and the Barbarian... Read more
Published 10 months ago by worldofcinema
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect and on time
Was good condition all as it should be and loved the film it was at a good price I can't complain and I no for a fact I'd buy more great deals and thank you very much very pleased... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Geraldine Eva Stiles
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic story
The Promise was fun to watch. The GCI was not great, but the story line made up for that. Nicholas Tse plays a great badie as usual, and Cecilia Cheung is a bit clichéd as... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Carol Yau
4.0 out of 5 stars the promise dvd
excellent spectacular film. lots of action and costumes of ancient china.
good acting and excellent fight scenes - a must for MA enthusiasts. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourite films!
A beautiful film, one of my all time favourite films. A tragic, romantic fantasy with a beautiful soundtrack. I completely recommend it!
Published 14 months ago by Melissa Mullen
5.0 out of 5 stars worth it
excellent story great characters kept the plot splendid array of colours. pleased to add to my collection. will watch again
Published 16 months ago by stuart thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars 1st 20 mins of rubbish CGI but then it becomes a breathtaking,...
Although directed by Chen Kaige who made `Farewell My Concubine' this is a very different film from that masterpiece (seriously `Concubine' is one of the greatest dramas ever... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr Blonde
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