The Promise (Master of Crimson Armor) (Wu ji)
The Promise (Master of Crimson Armor) (Wu ji) (2005)

Love and war conspire to create a romantic triangle in this lavish historical epic from director Chen Kaige. A young girl who has lost her parents to the violence of war bravely refuses to obey the orders of a warrior's son, and is… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 15, 2005
DVD Release Date: April 18, 2007
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An incoherent plot and ridiculously obvious CGI effects doom this effort from the usually outstanding Chinese director Chen Kaige.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Has been criticized by some reviewers for its low-tech special effects. Curiously, I found this technical transparency part of the film's enormous charm.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

With The Promise Chen Kaige has proven enough of a professional that he can make the product. But he remains too much of an artist not to scribble on his signature.

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Fernando F. Croce

More risible than poetic

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Chen Kaige clearly intended this Chinese fantasy-action spectacle to top Zhang Yimou's Hero, and I must admit that I prefer it to the earlier movie.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Chen's strength seems to be more with character-driven stories; here's hoping that his next film returns to more comfortable ground.

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Brandon Fibbs

The Promise is an over-wrought and laughably goofy film, an empty and pale imitation of the far better films that have gone on before it.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

The Promise is too full of frenetic disconnection and arbitrary comings and goings to connect meaningfully with the hearts and minds of its audience.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Laden with a plot that could generously be called silly or, less forgivingly, stupid, it never achieves lift-off despite numerous scenes of warriors doing battle in midair.

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Mark R. Leeper

Faustian bargain with a goddess. Huge armies march. Men out-race the wind. Assassins make devious plots. Spectacular scenes generated largely in computers.

Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A famous and well respected general and his faithful slave vie for the affections of a beautiful princess while battling the evil ruler of their land.… More
Jesse Ortega
This film was pretty much terrible considering who directed it and its insanely high production budget. The effects were horrible and so was this movie.
Jens S.
In a world where people running as fast as the wind drag girls on leashes behind them like kites anything's possible. So no one should make the mistake and… More
Lesley N
Chinese fairy story about the slave, the general and the woman they both want who is destined to lose every man she falls in love with. Apparently one of the… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Promise" starts out with a young girl, Qingcheng, forced to scavenge food from dead soldiers to feed herself. After having… More
William Goss
A gaudy spectacle of excess best viewed as parody.