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.