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Review The Promise a.k.a. Wu ji (2005): A Chinese fairytale with something extra!

genre: action, drama. fantasy

The Promise is an incredible beautiful fairytale. Everything worked, the music and scenery were top notch. The special effects were great. I must admit that the scene with the bulls running reminded me of the Lion King and that at that moment I thought this movie would be ridiculous. Instead it was the opposite. Most of the the themes are very serious ones like love, honor and betrayal. Only the ending was a bit confusing, but I think they did that to add some extra dimension or mystery to the story. I understand why many reviewers were a bit disappointed with this movie as they were expecting a martial arts movie. Although there is some martial arts this movie isn't about that. I enjoyed every minute of this movie and that is more than I can say about most of the Hollywood movies that came out year 2005.

If you can get this on Blu Ray then don't hesitate to buy it. It's one those movies so pretty that will make you overlook all the inconsistencies plot wise. 

Edit 11-09-2016:
Just found out a possible reason why this film is not as well received as it should. Apparently the film crew caused major environmental damage in Yunnan (and Bigu lake). Why can't people be more respectful to nature? 

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