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The Promise 2005

  • Chen Kaige
  • May 5, 2006
  • 98 mins
  • English
  • Action, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller, Romance
the promise
An orphaned girl, driven by poverty at such a young age, makes a promise with an enchantress. In return for beauty and the admiration of every man, she will never be with the man she loves. This spell cannot be broken unless the impossible happens: snow falling in spring and the dead coming back to life. Now a grown and beautiful princess, she regrets her promise, for all of the men she's loved has always been met with tragedy. In love again with a man behind a red armor and a golden mask who rescues her from death, she is tormented by their inevitable parting. Meanwhile, Kunlun, the slave of a great general, is searching for the lost memories of a family he once had. Soon the fate of these two intertwine when the princess believes the general to be her hero, thus pulling him into this web of fate. What end will befallen our three characters? Are their fates already sealed by a higher power, or can they still choose a life they want?


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Still one of my favourite chinese fairytales even if it's been ripped to shreds elsewhere.
Yes, some of the CGI, esp. in the beginning, may be incredibly bad but there are such beautiful and imaginative scenes in this movie that might take your breath away.
After rewatching it today I still believe that besides all it's flaws it's just an entertaining and mesmerizing picture.

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