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Movie Info

In 1899 China, the heir (Aaron Kwok) to a banking empire is torn between his ideals, his duty to his family and his love for the woman his father (Zhang Tielin) stole from him.

Cast & Crew

Aaron Kwok
Third Master
Lei Hao
Third Master's Stepmother
Shih Chieh King
Manager Liu
John Paisley
Dr. Wilson
Zhicheng Ding
Manager Qui
Jonathan Kos-Read
Pastor Landdeck
Christina Yao
Screenwriter
Cheng Yi
Screenwriter
Jeremy Thomas
Executive Producer
Cong Su
Original Music
Seikô Nagaoka
Original Music
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Critic Reviews for Empire of Silver

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (7)

Audience Reviews for Empire of Silver

  • Nov 03, 2014
    In "Empire of Silver," business is good for Master Kang(Tielin Zhang) and his banking empire, even with Manager Qui(Zhicheng Ding) being fired for embezzlement. On the personal side, there is the wedding of Kang's son, Fourth Master, who goes on his honeymoon with his new bride. And then everything hits the fan. By the time the smoke clears, the bride is dead, along with a couple of other people, Second Master is seriously wounded and Fourth Master has a nervous breakdown. That leaves Third Master(Aaron Kwok) having to take responsibility for once in his life. "Empire of Silver" is set at the time of Boxer Rebellion, involving a banking dynasty and all the soap opera that goes along with that. That's more than enough material for a ten hour miniseries, much less a two hour movie like this one. So, it is no surprise that some of this story feels rushed and fractured at times. But as long as the movie remains clear about showing how one cannot be in total control of the future no matter how much one tries to manipulate events, then all is well, especially considering the handsome production.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2013
    Too episodic, which makes it hard to follow the story. Too many times I had no idea what was going on. Too much material to cram into just one movie. With so many characters, it's often hard to tell them apart. Great potential, but falls short. Not terrible, just not great.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2011
    Impressive visuals and great production design are unfortunately overshadowed by a convoluted plot that struggles to depict its story - a narrative that starts strong but deteriorates as it attempts to balance too many emotional stakes for its own good while including one (or two) too many scenes that unintentionally call attention to itself. This debut feature, however, shows promise for writer/director Christina Yao as it consists of stunning locations and sweeping camera moves and proves that she is not afraid to touch upon tough subject matters that are rather difficult to film.
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