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Empire of Silver Reviews

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½ August 9, 2015
well crafted historical epic that is gorgous to look at
Super Reviewer
November 3, 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.
½ April 16, 2014
Moving family saga told against a background of the greatest changes in the history of China. Wonderful acting and sweeping cinematography.
Super Reviewer
March 31, 2014
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.
½ December 14, 2012
i bothered with it for the colours and the richness of the visual scenes. Perhaps Christina Yao tried to do too much with it. Either leave the love story or minimise it and make it a film about the banking business, the changing turbulent times and its effect on the survival instincts on people etc. Or be brave and do the full epic heart wrenching love tale that may be more satisfying for all concerned.

ps:- Why hasn't Aaron Kwok's mandarin improved?
October 1, 2012
Epic! A must see for every bankers out there...
August 19, 2012
Too many sub-plots. I got tired of reading captions and struggled to keep my interest.
½ August 11, 2012
Unique period piece focusing on the prominent banking family of the time; its changing priorities struggling to maintain its underlying code of honor. Excellent acting, costuming in the midst of the Boxer Rebellion chaos.
May 7, 2012
This is a curiosity... a Chinese period piece not about emperors, but the development of the banking system and paper money in particular.
It reminded me of The Godfather in many ways and cries out for a sequel (or two).
Approach as a wet Sunday film and you might just be pleasantly surprised.
August 15, 2011
Watched this movie last week with little knowledge about China's financial past, it was quite interesting to watch and learn of this history along with the gorgeous cinematography and tragic love story along the way.
August 15, 2011
Loved the movie! Loved Aaron Kwok. Great story. A must-see!
½ August 7, 2011
The trailer is stunning and the art direction looks over the top. When this one shows up in Mexico I will be there.
July 16, 2011
Interesting story line and good acting. I enjoyed it
June 19, 2011
I enjoyed this movie a lot. Saw the trailer of this on Youtube and tried to find a theater for it. Saw it at Cupertino 16. Enjoyed the fatherly figure passing on his roots to his son, but bad news strikes fast
June 10, 2011
I really loved the movie from so many aspects: the acting of Aaron Kwok was superb, the cinematography was beautiful, the story was both educational and emotional, the director (first time director) found the right balance between melancholy and ration, business and family, good and bad, love and hate... and all in the background of horrible wars. Some themes are heart-wrenching and remind me of my good fortune to be born in today's times and not 100 years ago! I can understand why some people find it difficult to follow or understand the movie fully. This part of Chinese history and Sino-western relationship is not something that makes either Westerners or Chinese proud and people often choose to simply forget it. Well, Empire of Silver wants to remind you of that era that truly existed and haunted generations of people! There is so much to be remembered, celebrated and treasured! Make this your experience, at the cost of two Starbucks.
½ June 6, 2011
This epic movie has made me realized how little I know about the infamous Shanxi merchants. I am really glad the director Christian Yao has decided to focus on the banking system and business management rather than a love triangle story. The artistic aspect of this movie is really great, the costume, architecture, desert, camel rides, contrast of colors...etc.
However, I do wish the ending can address more clearly about the entire economy crashed after the Qing dynasty ends.
If you are in LA, SF, NY, Toronto, you can see this movie in selected theaters now.
½ May 22, 2011
The director is the problem
Super Reviewer
April 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.
½ March 22, 2011
Interesting movie, ambitious scale, not sure I'd have gone to see this if it wasn't part of our SVA movie class.
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