Empire of Silver (2011)
Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 7
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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2
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China, 1899. In a land of exquisite beauty and timeless tradition a hedonistic young man known as 'Third Master' is the heir to a banking empire he cares little about. However, after his brother's wife is kidnapped he reluctantly submits to the pressure of his title as well as his overbearing father, Lord Kang. Lord Kang is determined to prepare his son for financial leadership by molding Third Master into his own image. The ruthless businessman's unethical practices do not sit well with Third
Jun 3, 2011 Limited
NeoClassics Films - Official Site
Zhang Tie Lin
Ding Zhi Cheng
Zhen Yu Lei
Hou Tong Jiang
Shi Xiao Man
Shi Da Sheng
Wang De Shun
Bodyguard Chang You
Chang Lan Tian
Li Yi Xiao
Wu Xiu Fang
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What, if anything, the film's final burst of idealism offers universally is hard to say. But it feels good to see in these acrimonious days.
Though written too broadly to serve as the powerful allegorical tale writer/director Christina Yao intends, this historical epic is just compelling enough to be taken on its own terms.
Occasionally muddled and always melodramatic, yet it's pictorially compelling, thanks to dramatic locations and exacting art direction.
Makes for unwieldy melodrama, rather than the enthralling epic it might have been.
Epic in sweep and scale and packs in enough incident to cover two "Godfather" movies.
The complicated romance that punctuates the story adds spice (and a twist), but it's a film essentially about the banking family and their machinations at a time of rapid change in China
High production values, gorgeous sets and costumes, excellent lighting and cinematography, plus the spirited playing of Aaron Kwok as the Third Master.
Handsome Chinese costume actioner mixing power struggles, financial crises and romance a century ago may impress American audiences, but story overkill and subtleties of Chinese culture and history confound.
A beautiful but stolid, screamingly boring period piece with acting so wooden as to invite unfavorable comparison to a collection of popsicle sticks.
Handsomely mounted and packed with interesting historical details, Empire of Silver unfortunately falls short on providing emotionally rich drama
A dazzlingly visual film, one marked by a thoughtful approach to a tale of business and interpersonal intrigue.
- Third Master: Those who win hearts rule the world.
- Third Master: If he wants me to care for myself, he shouldn't mold me in his image.
- Madame Kang: If I perish in fire, my heart will be the ashes on your clothes.
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