The Promise (2005)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Drama, Fantasy


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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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15 June 2006 | Strider-100
5
| Had it only been done right........................................
This film could have been very good if only they would have allocated that huge budget to better special effects. The other important thing that needed to be accomplished was to write a much better script.

There was some great visuals in this which hit the spot and were quite pleasing. Some of these scenes can be viewed in the film trailer.

I do not fault the actors for the shortcomings of this film, with the exception that they should have challenged the director more regarding some scenes and dialog which were absolutely stupid. Enough has been said by other reviewers concerning this.

I felt sorry for Cecilia Cheung in the fact that the director Chen Kaige seemed to try his best to make her look like a wax corpse, rather then a beautiful Princess.

This film had a lot of potential, but it got wasted. It is a shame. It is not the worst film in the world, it's just that it could have been really something special.

I challenge you to watch it and make your own conclusion. I am pretty confident you will agree with me after doing so.

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Release Date:

5 May 2006

Language

Mandarin


Country of Origin

China, South Korea, USA

Filming Locations

Hengdian World Studios, Heng Dian, China

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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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