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Empire of Silver Reviews

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½ March 15, 2011
Just saw this in my film class and it was wonderful. Fascinating story about a banking family in China during the Boxer Rebellion. There's action, gorgeous landscapes, romance and sex and an authenticity that resounds through the film. I highly recommend it. What's amazing is that it's the director's first film. She's amazing!
½ January 2, 2011
This movie has to be one of the worst Chinese movie I have ever seen, the movie in itself is not that bad and the cast and acting is actually decent. But it feels pretentious, pompous which it is not capable of matching with a miserable story and direction, hence turning it into a complete terrible movie.
May 20, 2010
First time director Christina Yao impresses not so much with filmmaking skills as with pure ambition in costume drama Empire Of Silver. But the vast original source material of novelist Cheng Yi proves to be more than a mouthful for Yao, resulting in a beautiful but seriously flawed movie. The prolonged post-production suggests heavy compromising, propably mainly in the editing room, and remaining reels won't quite gel. Empire Of Silver is a historical epic that wants to be a romance at the same time, but alas ends up as neither. Acting is accordingly confused from the entire cast, with only Zhang Tielin's aging patriarch owning up.
½ April 26, 2010
not so bad. Lei Hao is nice to look at. Jennifer Tilly is awkward. Why didn't Aaron Kwok age at all?
½ April 12, 2010
7/10: I can't recall if it was release here in Malaysia. It's a periodic drama about a bank in China. Inspired by true event.
March 9, 2010
A typical chinese story about a young man who has no choice but to take over his family's banking empire. It is interesting when the father said "I thought it should be enough for having 3 sons"; sarcastically of course, it wasn't.
February 18, 2010
I enjoyed the show because it has something to tell you... check it out!
February 14, 2010
One of the better costume epic.
February 2, 2010
Well, this movie is too dramatic and this makes it difficult to understand and a bit boring.
½ December 19, 2009
An historic love epic from china with minimal use of swords, battles and heroism, but with a more classic emotional drama approach. This saga gives a picture of a banking family mis(fortune) in turbulent times in changing China on the verge of a new milllennium. The cast is ok, the actors are giving a good performance, but somehow everything is very slow, and a little bit boring from time to time. The script and the director tried to encompass a great story with the myriad of subplots and emotional states, but many times, it seems that some important things have been missed or not presented in the best way. The soundtrack is very beautiful, there are some nice shots, and a moral ending about the honesty of bankers which has vanished in today's economics, and this story can be also reflect ob that changes in business ethics.
½ November 8, 2009
Story is special.
Aaron Kwok is okay... Zhang Tielin routine... and Lei Hao no surprise....

Is it a love story or something about history????
½ November 3, 2009
kisah cinta yg gt deh, ancient china love story "anak naksir selir bapak"
October 5, 2009
this movie is way too melodramatic and not exciting enough, with lots of weird plots...
September 20, 2009
many good and famous actors...but I think this better to shot as TV series....as Movie...only 2 hrs have to explain too many things. But this is a good movie talking about traditional belief of Chinese, and their family...etc, also a educational one. music and scene is great.
½ September 13, 2009
An interesting setting of olden days China, but Jennifer Tilly is totally unnecessary.
September 12, 2009
Aaron's best performance
½ September 6, 2009
Kwok's performance is getting much better. He's not just an idol with a handsome face. The whole story is well told, gives the audience a glimpse of what the 'Wall Street' in China was like.
August 28, 2009
Amazingly well done.
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