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The Promise

Director Chen Kaige (Temptress Moon, The Emperor and the Assassin) shapes this Hero-like historical fantasy, the most expensive film ever produced in China. The Asian all-star vehicle features Cecelia Chung (Shaolin Soccer) as a young girl who makes a deal with a goddess: In exchange for unparalleled wealth and beauty, she must lose every man she will ever love. Among the men whose path she crosses are a handsome slave (Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War's Jang Dong-kun), a villainous invader (Nicolas Tse, Gen-X Cops) and a steadfast general (Hiroyuki Sanada, The White Countess). The poorly edited story is hard to keep track of and the wealth of digital effects are too cheap (by American standards) to feel particularly immersive. It looks real pretty, though. In Mandarin with English subtitles. 102 minutes PG-13.

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