The Promise (2005)

The Promise is a great looking film that relates the mythical story of a young woman and the men who love her. It is a cool fantasy story with flying people who have mystical powers and strength. Renowned director Chen Kaige works with a pan-Asian cast that features the exquisite Cecilia Cheung Pak-Chi and the handsome Nicholas Tse Ting-Fung. The cinematography is very good while some of the CG effects don't look so hot. The costumes and set designs are extraordinary.

The action sequences are quite compelling. Chen was smart to hire Stephen Tung Wai and Dion Lam Dik-On to serve as action directors. Both of them are talented directors with many good films of their own. The movie garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film in 2006. I liked it a lot, and so will you, if you like this epic kind of film.

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