Empire of Silver
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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 Master, who sees the salvation of his country in the redistribution of its massive… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Makes for unwieldy melodrama, rather than the enthralling epic it might have been."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Unwieldy Chinese melodrama shows money can't buy love."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"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."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"A dazzlingly visual film, one marked by a thoughtful approach to a tale of business and interpersonal intrigue."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"[A] weirdly engaging tale of banking and bad behavior..."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"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"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"A beautiful but stolid, screamingly boring period piece with acting so wooden as to invite unfavorable comparison to a collection of popsicle sticks."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"Stateliness begets inertia in Empire of Silver, a turn-of-the-century Chinese epic whose reserved tone and regal atmosphere is suffocating."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Occasionally muddled and always melodramatic, yet it's pictorially compelling, thanks to dramatic locations and exacting art direction."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"Epic in sweep and scale and packs in enough incident to cover two "Godfather" movies."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"High production values, gorgeous sets and costumes, excellent lighting and cinematography, plus the spirited playing of Aaron Kwok as the Third Master."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Handsomely mounted and packed with interesting historical details, Empire of Silver unfortunately falls short on providing emotionally rich drama"
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
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