Empire of Silver
Empire of Silver (2011)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 3, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 25, 2012
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Makes for unwieldy melodrama, rather than the enthralling epic it might have been.

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Don Groves

Unwieldy Chinese melodrama shows money can't buy love.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

[A] weirdly engaging tale of banking and bad behavior...

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

Occasionally muddled and always melodramatic, yet it's pictorially compelling, thanks to dramatic locations and exacting art direction.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Epic in sweep and scale and packs in enough incident to cover two "Godfather" movies.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

High production values, gorgeous sets and costumes, excellent lighting and cinematography, plus the spirited playing of Aaron Kwok as the Third Master.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
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… More
Walter M.
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… More
Sheldon Chau
Impressive visuals and great production design are unfortunately overshadowed by a convoluted plot that struggles to depict its story - a narrative that starts… More