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Product Title: Promise Premium Box (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version) 無極 Premium Box (DVD) (初回限定生產) (日本版) 无极 Premium Box (DVD) (初回限定生产) (日本版) PROMISE プレミアムBOX (初回限定生産) Promise Premium Box (DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Cecilia Cheung | Jang Dong Gun | Liu Ye | Sanada Hiroyuki | Chen Hong 張柏芝 | 張東健 | 劉燁 | 真田廣之 | 陳紅 张柏芝 | 张东健 | 刘烨 | 真田广之 | 陈红 張栢芝(セシリア・チャン) | チャン・ドンゴン | 劉燁 (リウ・イエ)  | 真田広之 | 陳紅 (チェン・ホン) 장 백지 | 장 동건 | Liu Ye | Sanada Hiroyuki | Chen Hong
Director: Chen Kaige 陳凱歌 陈凯歌 陳凱歌 (チェン・カイコー) Chen Kaige
Release Date: 2006-08-04
Publisher Product Code: SD-127
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Japanese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Other Information: 3DVDs
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004301703

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タイトル:PROMISE プレミアムBOX

それは、アジアのどこか“未来における3000年前”から現代へ届けられた「約束」。生きるものすべての運命を照らし出す“無極”を垣間見、その運命に挑戦した3人の物語—。この世の寵愛を一身に受けながらも運命により真実の愛を得られない王妃・傾城。天から俊足を与えられ、それ以外は望むことを知らず奴隷として生きて来た男・昆倫。この世でただひとり伝説の花の甲冑を身に纏うことを許された大将軍・光明。そして彼らの前に立ちふさがるのは、伝説の甲冑も王妃の愛も、求めるものは何ひとつ与えられなかった北の公爵・無歓。それぞれに与えられた約束は、決して変えることのできない運命のはずだった。しかし、それぞれの心が動き、それぞれの約束が絡み合ったとき、世界は全く違った展開を見せ始める—。王殺しの大罪を犯して王妃を救った甲冑の男こそ、真実の愛を与えてくれる相手ではないのか? 汚名にまみれた英雄は、その敗北の中に、百万の勝利に代わる栄光を見出したのか? そして、ついに自分自身の望みを見つけた男は、野性がたぎるその足で時空千里を駆け抜ける。人生でたったひとつの望みをかなえるために。避けようもなく近づいてくる定められた悲劇。果たして彼らは、自らの運命《プロミス》を超えることができるのか?!

【静止画】フォトギャラリー/TV特番/もう一つのエンディング/オリジナル劇場予告編/プレミア映像/メイキング/予告編1/予告編2/来日インタビュー チャン・ドンゴン、真田広之


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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

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

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March 31, 2010

This customer review refers to The Promise (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
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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August 13, 2007

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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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July 15, 2007

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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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March 31, 2007

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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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February 26, 2007

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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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