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Cecilia Cheung (Actor) | Liu Ye (Actor) | Sanada Hiroyuki (Actor) | Jang Dong Gun (Actor)
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The Promise partners director Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine) with an acclaimed international cast to create an imaginative and epic romantic fantasy. Sanada Hiroyuki (The Twilight Samurai), Jang Dong Gun (Tae Guk Gi), Nicholas Tse (Invisible Target), Cecilia Cheung (Lost in Time) and Liu Ye (Blood Brothers) star in this tale of a young princess (Cheung) who is fated never to love, and the various men who vie for her affections. Both General Guangming (Sanada) and rival Wuhuan (Tse) desire to possess her for themselves, but noble slave Kunlun (Jang) is willing to sacrifice everything that he has - including his life - to alter her fate.

Boasting a massive 300 million yuan (US$37 million) budget, The Promise is among the most expensive Chinese films ever made, and features spectacular visuals, exciting action sequences, and dazzling computer effects from Centro Digital (Kung Fu Hustle). Peter Pau and Tim Yip, both Oscar winners for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon provide the cinematography and art direction, respectively, while Yip collaborates with Masago Kimiya on the exquisite costumes. Visually arresting and romantic, The Promise is perhaps one of the most opulent Chinese films ever made. Nominated at the 63rd Golden Globe Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

This 2-DVD edition comes with various bonus features including trailers, TV commercials, behind-the-scenes footage, and more. Special features include English subtitles.

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Product Title: The Promise (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 無極 (DVD) (雙碟版) (香港版) 无极 (DVD) (双碟版) (香港版) PROMISE (無極) (香港版) The Promise (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Cecilia Cheung (Actor) | Liu Ye (Actor) | Sanada Hiroyuki (Actor) | Jang Dong Gun (Actor) | Chen Hong (Actor) | Tim Yip | Ma Yong An | Peter Pau | Nicholas Tse (Actor) 張柏芝 (Actor) | 劉燁 (Actor) | 真田廣之 (Actor) | 張東健 (Actor) | 陳紅 (Actor) | 葉錦添 | 馬永安 | 鮑德熹 | 謝 霆鋒 (Actor) 张柏芝 (Actor) | 刘烨 (Actor) | 真田广之 (Actor) | 张东健 (Actor) | 陈红 (Actor) | 叶锦添 | 马永安 | 鲍德熹 | 谢 霆锋 (Actor) 張栢芝(セシリア・チャン) (Actor) | 劉燁 (リウ・イエ)  (Actor) | 真田広之 (Actor) | チャン・ドンゴン (Actor) | 陳紅 (チェン・ホン) (Actor) | 葉錦添(ティン・イップ) | Ma Yong An | 鮑德熹 (ピーター・パウ) | 謝霆鋒(ニコラス・ツェー)  (Actor) 장 백지 (Actor) | Liu Ye (Actor) | Sanada Hiroyuki (Actor) | 장 동건 (Actor) | Chen Hong (Actor) | Tim Yip | Ma Yong An | Peter Pau | 사 정봉 (Actor)
Director: Chen Kaige 陳凱歌 陈凯歌 陳凱歌 (チェン・カイコー) Chen Kaige
Release Date: 2006-02-23
Language: Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Original Soundtrack
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1, 1.33 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Other Information: 2DVDs
Package Weight: 160 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004124047

Product Information

* Screen Format:
- Disc 1: 2.35:1
- Disc 2: 4:3
* Running Time:
- Disc 1: 122 mins
- Disc 2: 150 mins
* Sound Mix:
- Disc 1:
 Mandarin: DTS 6.1 ES, Dolby Digital 6.1EX
 Cantonese: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX
- Disc 2: Dolby Digital AC3 2.0
* Language:
- Disc 1: Mandarin & Cantonese
- Disc 2: Original Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean & Japanese
* Subtitles:
- Disc 1: English & Traditional Chinese
- Disc 2: English & Traditional Chinese
* Extras:
- Disc 1: The Movie
- Disc 2: Special Feature
.電影預告及電視廣告 Trailer, TV Commercials
.十分精彩幕後花絮 Behind The Scene
.十大經典場面 10 Unforgettable Scenes
.八方視點 Star Interviews
.相片廊 Photo Gallery

** Awards **
- 2006 Golden Globe Nomination - Best Foreign Language Film
- Official Entry (China) for the 2006 Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film

導演:陳凱歌
Director: Chen Kai Ge

從一個承諾開始。

  窮女孩傾城遇上了一個尊貴的男孩,答應做他的奴隸來換取食物。但當女孩奪得食物後便逃走。路上,她遇上掌控命運的滿神,滿神問她:『你想成為世上最美的王妃,身披萬千寵愛,享盡榮華富貴嗎?代價是你永遠無法得到真愛。』女孩一口答應。

  戰無不勝的大將軍光明(真田廣之 飾)遭遇到人生最艱難的戰役,幸得奴隸昆侖(張東健 飾)襄助而成功。此時,王城傳出北公爵無歡(謝霆鋒飾)挾持國王,大將軍遂準備回朝救駕,遇上滿神,滿神預言國王將被身穿將軍盔甲的男人所殺。那豈不是指自己﹖大將軍不信,神秘人刺殺大將軍,令他重傷,大將軍只能命昆侖穿上自己的戰衣返宮救駕。

  北公爵要脅國王交出王妃傾城(張柏芝 飾),國王為保性命不惜出賣自己的女人,傾城拼力反抗,昆侖竟鬼使神差地為救傾城而殺死國王,二人因而被公爵追殺。大將軍涉嫌殺死國王引起手下叛變,而他亦同時愛上傾城,主僕為傾城奮勇殺敵……終於,昆侖因承認行刺國王將被處決,傾城此時才知道自己已愛上奴隸。大將軍為救二人,決定與眾為敵。大將軍的命運將如何﹖奴隸與傾城的亡命天涯路又何去何從?真愛真的能夠改變命運的詛咒……

  The film begins as a little girl scavenges among the corpses splayed beside a battlefield, in search of scraps of food for her dying mother.

  A slightly older boy of the noble classes makes her a proposition. If she agrees to be his slave, he will give her a few morsels of food. The little girl accepts. It is the very first promise she has ever made. But she breaks it immediately: Having received the food, she flees. Little does she suspect that years later she will pay the price.

  Running in the darkness, the girl trips and falls. The precious food rolls from her hand and is swallowed up by quicksand. Before the little girl's astonished eyes, a miracle occurs. A beautiful Sorceress slowly rises from the treacherous sand, holding the food in her hands. The Sorceress informs the child that her mother is dead and that she is now an orphan. The girl bursts into tears.

  "Do not cry, my dear," says the Sorceress. "If you so wish, you can become a princess. You'll grow to be the woman men the world over will most desire. Incalculable riches will be yours. But, in exchange, you will never experience true love or genuine happiness. Do you accept?"

  "I accept..." replies the girl.....
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Professional Review of "The Promise (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

December 31, 2005

This professional review refers to The Promise Limited Edition (Hong Kong Version)
Chen Kaige's The Promise arrives in a year crowded with Asian big-budget martial arts epics, counting among the competition Jackie Chan's The Myth, Tsui Hark's Seven Swords, and Lee Myung See's Duelist, with 2006 promising even more titles from the genre. All four films have opened with mixed results, their pedigree as an Asian film trying mightily to replicate the Hollywood formula earning them equal amounts curiosity and scorn. To be sure, the qualities of the films have varied greatly, with critics and audiences alike failing to come to a meeting of the minds whether they're good, bad, or somewhere in-between. Of the four, Chan's The Myth might be the only film to have garnered anything approaching agreement on the part of fans and critics, if only because it's the most innocuous of the bunch.

The setting of The Promise is a little different than its fellow Asian epics, in that Chen has decided to create his own world instead of going back to either Ancient China or Ancient Korea. In the world of The Promise, a man can outrun a stampeding head of bulls, a man can swing a pair of golden balls and defeat an army of 20,000 men, and a Goddess can float about, dispensing tarot readings for no apparent reason. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, The Promise is basically Legend, Krull, or any of those fantasy/sci-fi/action-adventure movies that were booming in Hollywood during the '80s.

The star of our epic is Korean actor Jang Dong Gun (Taegukgi), playing a slave name Kunlun who has not known freedom, or choice, since he was taken from his home as a child. After his master is killed during a battle being fought by General Guangming, a man decked out in magnificent crimson armor (a.k.a. The Master of the Crimson Armor - harking to the film's temporary US title), Kunlun ends up as Guangming's new slave. Soon, slave and master cross paths with the lovely Princess Qingcheng (Cecilia Cheung), who is so lovely she can get an army to drop their weapons for a glimpse of her in the buff. We also meet the effeminate Duke Wuhuan (Nicholas Tse), who wants Qingcheng for reasons unknown, but if you pay attention you'll probably guess his reasons before it's "shockingly" revealed at the end.

If it sounds as if The Promise meanders, that's probably because it does. The film doesn't get under way until almost 30 minutes in, and even thereafter it continues to idle, seemingly unhurried by the conventions of story progression. Clocking in at just under 2 hours (making Chen's movie easily the shortest of the Asian epics), The Promise is also bothered by unsophisticated editing. To count how many times the film suddenly jumps to a new angle within the same scene is to spend too much time counting. Which is to say, for a big-budget film made by an internationally famous director, the editing problems in The Promise are unforgivable. Did they cut this thing on an Avid or a Moviola?

The main cast is appropriately international ("Get it seen by everyone!" is the motto for big-budget Asian epics nowadays), with Jang Dong Gun hailing from Korea, Sanada Hiroyuki (The Last Samurai) representing Japan (a major import target for the film), and of course Hong Kong's own, Cecilia Cheung and Nicholas Tse, who is still letting his hair do all the acting for him as the film's playboy/villain. I've always found Cecilia Cheung (One Nite in Mongkok) to be appealing, but her character in The Promise is not exactly the model of attractiveness. Written to be the most beautiful woman in the world, Cheung's Qingcheng has the type of personality that makes you think twice about asking her out for lunch.

Although the four main characters get most of the screentime, the film's emotional highlights involve Wuhuan's right-hand assassin, Snow Wolf (Liu Ye), who, as coincidence would have it, comes from the same place as Kunlun . The two men's interactions make up the movie's most sincere and affecting moments, with Snow Wolf's situation beside Wuhuan even less tenable than Kunlun 's. Liu Ye (Purple Butterfly) delivers a perfectly understated portrayal of a doomed man permanently locked in a state of emotional anguish, and it's a crime he's been left out of the film's massive PR push. It's also a shame that Kunlun and Snow Wolf's shared story gets what amounts to a condensed presentation, because this truly has the makings of an epic.

The best way to approach Chen Kaige's The Promise is to just go with the flow. Having wisely set itself beyond any recognizable time period or setting, the movie gets to explore all the wonders of today's special effects, something it does frequently, and with mixed results. And for a film advertised as a martial arts movie, The Promise has surprisingly few fight scenes. The bulk of these are squeezed into the film's first 20 minutes during Guangming's battle against an army of generic "barbarians", and again in the final 20 minutes, which contains about 2 fight scenes total, both much too short, with the final, climactic battle incredibly underwhelming.

The Promise is not nearly as bad as you've heard. True, it's no great film, and the decision to spend so much screentime on the lightweight romantic entanglements between the four leads effectively destroys any chance the film has of being memorable. As a result, The Promise is camp, colorful, and has millions of dollars to buy special effects, some of which looks cheesy as hell, while others, like the background visuals, are stunning. In short, it's everything you want in your Hollywood summer blockbuster - loud, bright, expensive, and vacuous - except, it's, er, from Mainland China.

Movie Grade: 3/5

Review by Nix - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "The Promise (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.3 out of 10 (20)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5.2 out of 10 (46)

Lam
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March 31, 2010

beautiful film but failing to live up to prmoise. Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
this film truly beautiful to look it, visually everyting is well concieved; costume, choreography, the world and the actors/ actress. putting that aside though we have an intriguing premise for a film and the fantasy elements should have proved a winning formula but unfortunately the director has selected some questionalbe elements; the crawling man evolving to a running human is laugable in execution on film but thinking behind was plausible, being able to run fast enough to see the past is another "what the F...." moment. through out the film we are shown so many things that we have to believe, the director is never able to sell it.

you can see what the director is trying to convey but alot of times he shows things to literally for it to work, i think if he used subtle metaphors it would have made the film more forgiving.

acting is fantastic all round with nearly all the cast giving a good performance alot of them being dubbed though. it is nicholas tse performance that makes you cringe, never is he convincing. in fact his acting channels comical and the props it not in his favour; a stick with a hand on it.

what was truly amazing though is the fight scenes, they are few of them but when they occur they are so well choreographed, wire work is used extensively but along with the whole film it is so beautiful to look at and well executed.

although of its short comings i still found enjoyment in the film, just discard all believability and you can too enjoy the visual treat. plus alot unintentional laughter occur.
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Kevin Kennedy
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August 13, 2007

1 people found this review helpful

Chen Kaige's fantasy classic Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I had read so many negative reviews of "The Promise" that my expectations for it were extremely low. I was stunned when I actually watched it. It is a spectacular work of art, the most fully-realized of all of the recent big budget wuxia epics.

It succeeds for multiple reasons. First, it provides larger than life characters about whom the viewer can care. The slave Kunlun, in particular, is an unforgettably heroic figure. Second, Chen Kaige succeeded in creating an astonishingly beautiful timeless fantasy world in which the viewer comes to believe. Third, the performances by all of the leads are memorable.

Combining sheer jaw-dropping beauty with powerful characters and a classic story makes "The Promise" one of my favorite fantasy films of all time.

Very, very highly recommended.
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Glaxo
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July 15, 2007

JANG DONG GUN Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Chen Kaige made you look like a 70's big hair band Rock Star.
No role is too big or too small for a real actor.
You proved to us Chen is a very intelligent man. He is well aware of your potentials and star power. You did not fail us. Your acting skills and charisma lighted up entire screen whichever scene you appeared and captured our fascinations in keep watching this movie till the very end. Not many actors can do that.
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Phoenix Lin
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March 31, 2007

1 people found this review helpful

Gotta be smokin' something Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
Cinematically beautiful with gorgeous costumes/colors & interesting digital effects. The whole movie gave a sense/feeling of scenes from a Chinese fantasy-dream, boardering on the possibility that the writer, imaging director, editor or someone had to be smokin' somthing when it was concieved. Some things didn't really make sense or it was meant to convey more depth/meaning to the audience than it actually did & left you simply confused. Otherwise, an interesting bit of film to watch, particularly the mentally unstable, strangely efeminate, double iron-fan wielding Nicoles Tse & versatile, enviously smokin' hot Cecelia Cheung.
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Leah
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February 26, 2007

Very Odd, yet interesting Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Well, I must say that I wasn't much impressed with the story line. And yes, I do agree with others who have said that some of the things the actors/actresses didn't make sense. Like Nicholas crying? It was just out of the blue!

However, it's still an interesting movie. My favorite scenes are when Qingcheng and Guanming ride together on the horse and make a narrow escape from Wunhuan and his henchmen (give me goosebumps every time I watch that one); when she gets rescued from the the bird cage by Kunlun and Snow Wolf dies by taking the cloak off.

Overall, the movies is alright.
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