Empire Of Silver
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Epic in sweep...packs enough incident to cover two 'Godfather' movies --Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Engaging tale of banking and bad behavior makes 19th Century China look uncomfortably like 21st-century America" --Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
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A young man (the Third Master)from a banking family is thrust into a role of managing a banking fortune amid major financial unrest in the country. He must choose between honoring the righteous path of his ancestors or protecting his family fortune. Tangled in this drama is the love between Third and a young woman, initially promised to Third as a wife but taken by his father instead. His first love is now his stepmother. The fate of the banking empire and its most powerful family now lies with one idealistic young man torn between the needs of the people, the duty to his family, and the undying love of a woman.
For those interested in viewing a different culture in a different time in history, this movie is rich in culture, tradition and beauty.
It was a historical look into China, the customs, their actions, their silver to paper transition, the plight of the people. There's much to learn in this one. It made me think of things I've never thought of before. I was also intrigued with how...no matter what they do to each other, this family sticks together.
Old Master is stuck in old ways and trying to get Third Master on board and keeps stressing the need to maintain their legacy. But Third Master, he thinks differently and wants to improve the plight of the people...not right away, mind you, but this is a slow revelation and trust me, this family needs improving. I mean, really, depriving an entire nation of salt until they're near death, just to sell it?
I liked Third Master, though I can't say I always I understood him or the things he did. He professes to love this woman more than anything, but I didn't see him going to America, leaving his empire of silver to be with her.
The love story interested me more than anything, the woman, his stepmother. At first glance, she's submissive. But as the movie continues, she binds herself so her husband cannot mate with her. When that fails, she has her uterus removed to deny him sons off her. She takes pretty drastic measures! There's some guts there. She was fascinating.
And here we get to the problems with this movie:
1. Many of the scenes--at least three involving her and/or her and Third Master's romantic history were not subtitled. I don't know why, but they disappeared. I'm deaf. I need those subtitles. I didn't know what the heck was going on regarding their past.Read more ›
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I saw this movie on a preview and it spiked my interest. It was worth it once you learn a little about Chinese family structure and terms. Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Hans Dieter Wulf
I did not love it because, I would have loved to see them get together in the end in America or in China. I know true stories don't always end up happy ones.Published on August 5, 2013 by Howarlene S. Webb