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Empire Of Silver (2009)

Aaron Kwok , Tie Lin Zhang , Christina Yao  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Aaron Kwok, Tie Lin Zhang, Hao Lei, Jennifer Tilly
  • Directors: Christina Yao
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Neoclassics Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007Y56ISC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,896 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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China,1899. In a land of exquisite beauty and timeless tradition a young man known as Third Master (Aaron Kwok) is the heir to a banking fortune he cares little about. However, after his brother s wife is kidnapped he reluctantly submits to the pressure of his title and his father, Lord Kang (Tie Lin Zhang).
Lord Kang is determined to prepare his son for financial leadership by molding Third Master into his own image. But the strong-willed businessman s methods do not sit well with Third Master, who sees the salvation of his business in following the righteous path of his ancestors.
Third Master and Lord Kang's tense relationship is further complicated by the son s feelings for his beautiful young stepmother (Hao Lei) -- his first and only love -- stolen from him by his own father.
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.


"A self-assured debut film...Epic in scale and intimate in focus" --Marshall Fine, The Huffington Post

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chinese Love Story April 1, 2013
Watched "Empire of Silver" yesterday and absolutely enjoyed it. I can't say I understood it all, the Chinese financial period of 1899 is not something I am very familiar with, but the love story embedded in the movie is a tragic one. This is a beautifully made movie -- majestic scenery and vistas. While done with Chinese subtitles, which means you really have to pay attention to the movie -- you get a glimpse of the culture and importance of silver during that period of time.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transport back to Qing China June 26, 2013
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Film did a good job of placing the viewer in late Qing dynasty China and demonstrating the uncertainties and difficult times that accompanied the fall of the emperor. The hutongs and houses along with the costumes were very accurate and gave a visual image to those who have studies Modern Chinese History.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historical Entertainment June 20, 2013
This was hands-down a very interesting movie and unlike anything else I've seen before. It gets bonus points for being different and educational at the same time.

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 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Chinese Wall Street November 21, 2013
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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. It is in Chinese, but can be subtitled in English. The music, scenery, plot and acting were superb. I highly recommend it.
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