Thursday’s movie: Chen Kaige’s Wu Ji (aka in english as ‘The Promise’ and/or ‘Master of the Crimson Armour’)

China’s most expensive movie to make to date. The film was actually shot back in 2004 and made a very, very limited run in Los Angeles 30 Dec 2005. 



I watched it yesterday though, lucky me! I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you liked ‘Hero’ or ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ you’ll love this movie. It concerns the love triangle of general, a princess and a slave, and the scheming goddess who continues to make these three make promises. It is a sweeping saga, a romance and utter fantasy. The visuals and stunts are mesmerizing.


Your challenge will be seeing it as the Weinstine brothers have returned the rights back to the original Chinese producers as they were unwilling to make a wide release in English-speaking countries. They picked the horrible first english title, Master of the Crimson Armour, and sadly cut down the film to a 102 min version vs. the 121 minute original. I saw the original.


Bonus: the absolutely gorgeous Nicholas Tse plays Wuhua, Duke of the North.

Thursday’s interesting fact: Xanga’s ‘Toronto’ Metro
Yay Toronto Xangasters! …. did anyone notice we tipped over 19,000 Toronto Metro xangasters today!

The Mystery Mausoleum

And quickly this oddity. I am fortunate to walk through Mt. Pleasant Cemetery everyday on the way to work. I’ve been watching this new mausoleum going up. It is now finished but still no family name. I was thinking, gawd, who has the dollars these days to erect this type of thing? They seem so Victorian to me. Will let you know the name of the mystery mausoleum once it’s been identified.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hmm… I would watch anything with Nic Tse (sigh…). That’s mausoleum looks so – haunting (and I am not trying to be sarcastic). ryc – enemas, I had them when I was a kid. I think that’s why I’m not a bottom.

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