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Empire of Silver [Import]


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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Neoclassics Films
  • Release Date: Dec 25 2012
  • ASIN: B007Y56ISC

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Chinese Love Story April 1 2013
By Sandra Bruckner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Transport back to Qing China June 26 2013
By dernummerein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Historical Entertainment June 20 2013
By Tara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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 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. WHY if she was intended to be his concubine, did she not just be his concubine? Why marry his father instead? To be near him?? HUH? She would have been better off as his concubine. Many things in this romance made no sense to me at all and I feel I was left without a lot of answers partly due to these unsubtitled scenes. This bothered me very badly. A story was revealed while a book was on the screen, some chatter between a white woman and a priest or something wasn't subtitled, and then a scene with two women. No idea what they were saying and the scenes were long enough that I missed some pertinent data.
2. It doesn't have a HEA. The romance is ALL in the past, not "right now".

However, that's life. I was disappointed that he didn't love her enough to leave the empire though. I also didn't understand how despite his deep hatred for his father, he continued to stay and take over the business. I guess that's a custom/tradition I simply can't relate to. The important thing is, however, that he does the right thing in the end for the Chinese people.

I recommend this as a movie to educate (while entertaining) viewers on Chinese history, culture, banking, and customs. It's like stepping into another time and place as you immerse yourself in this one. And the romance is passionate, despite my quibbles. You'll be moved to tears. Three stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Chinese Wall Street Nov. 21 2013
By Hans Dieter Wulf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Rate: empire of silver. July 7 2013
By Pat Welsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of the films that I use for keeping my knowledge of Chinese intact. I especially like the fact that I did not have to plow through pointless martial arts fighting scenes. Old Chinese values and culture were kept within.


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