The Promise

Synopsis: When the world was young, laid a Kingdom between the Land of Snow and the Barbarian Territory where gods and men lived side by side and promises were lies. When the poor and starving orphaned girl Qingcheng meets the Goddess Manshen, she accepts to become the wealthy beauty of beauties with the curse that she would lose every man she loves, unless three things happen: snow falls in the spring, time moves backwards and the dead comes back to life. Years later, the slave Kunlun helps the Great General Master of the Crimson Armor Guangming to defeat a barbarian army with almost seven times more warriors, and Kunlun becomes his slave. When Guangming is wounded, he asks Kunlun to wear his armor and save the king from the cruel Duke of the North Wuhuan that put the Imperial City under siege with his army. However, Kunlun kills the king to save Princess Qingcheng and promises her to never let her die. Princess Qingcheng falls in love for the man of the crimson armor that she believes is Gener
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Kaige Chen
Production: Warner Independent Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

Give me back my food!

Little thief, stealing from the dead?

I have been watching you for some time

Give it back to me!

Alive they were my father's soldiers

Dead, my father's ghosts

Steal from them and you steal from me!

Give it back to me!

I will give you the bread

if you promise to be my slave

Let me down and I will be your slave

I don't believe you

Let me down and you'll see

Fine, if you promise

Kneel and it's yours You are now my slave!

What a beautiful helmet you have!

May I touch it?

Really? You think it's beautiful?

Alright then. You can touch it

Go ahead

I trusted you! I shall never forget this!

Don't cry, Qingcheng

Do you know who I am? I am the Goddess Manshen

Stretch out your hand

Your food is still there, isn't it?

Eat up

I am saving this for my mother

Your mother has passed away

She will not need this anymore

But Qingcheng must not die, she must go on living

Do you always want to have to steal food from the dead?

And you don't want to be a slave to others

My child, the Eye of Infinity

contains each individual's destiny

every contour of their fate Their every smile, every tear

Yours... is also included

You can have the most delicious food

the prettiest clothes

and everyone will adore you

All the riches of the world will be yours

in return for a small sacrifice

Every man you love, you will lose

Any happiness they bring will be fleeting

Are you willing to accept this?

Yes I am

Once you have agreed this will become your destiny for life

It can never be changed

Unless time flows backwards

winter falls in the spring and the dead come back to life

Remember, all the riches of the world will be yours in return for this promise...

Commander Yeli, what was that noise?


Barbarians? Where?

They are hiding from us

How many are they?

Twenty thousand

Twenty thousand? Twenty thousand against three thousand?

You should say three thousand against twenty thousand

Be proud to be one of the three thousand

Our enemies are the ones to quake in terror

as they are about to face our Great General

How many slaves have you brought?

I'll take them all

For this price you can't even buy dead bodies!

I am buying dead bodies

None of them will survive the battle

But Commander you said...

Here are 1330 pieces of silver.

Count it!

Thank you for the extra 10

There is no extra, 132 slaves plus you is 133

Tell them to stand up

Sir, slaves do not know how to stand

They only know how to kneel or crawl

I shouldn't really give you this piece of meat

I earned it, not you"

The alarm!

Where are we going?

Into the valley, to lure the enemy towards us

When they think they have destroyed our army

We shall ride down and attack

The left side, move forward!

Archers, to be ready!

What is it?




They have bought our lives. They'll kill us if we turn back!

Remember, Kunlun

I am still your master and you have to protect me with your life

Yes, Master

Kunlun, up the hill!


These slaves have been ordered to deflect the first attack

Don't let them escape!

Great General

Those stupid barbarians don't know that

this valley is shaped like a horseshoe!

That slave is overtaking them and guiding them straight back!


To the death!

Do not look back! Keep going!

Look, one ofthem is still alive!

It's our bull!! Run!

Long live the General!

Long live the General!




He is long dead, Why did you bother to carry him all this way?

He was my master

What is your name?

The Slave Kunlun

Where are you from?

I don't know


No family

How long have you been a slave?

For as long as I can remember

I want you to be my slave?

I want that too


If I serve you, I get to eat every day

From now on, I am your master

Yes, Master

From today

I don't want you to kneel

I want you to run for me

The Duke of the North, Wuhuan, has invaded the Imperial City

Where is the King?

He is trapped inside the Palace

His Majesty commands you to come to his rescue at once!

We shall go on ahead. Follow with the rest of the men

There's that blasted tree again! We are lost

Let's split up

Whoever finds the way out will light a flare

Yes, Master

Don't be frightened

General Guangming never kills the innocent

You lie

How did your slaves die?

And you say you do not kill the innocent!

If you killed me, who is going to show you the way?

Who said I was going anywhere?

lt is best if you are not

lt would have been awasted journey

Oh really?

Listen! There is no battle I cannot win

Nobody I cannot rescue

I heard about what happened at Horseshoe Valley

But without that slave,

would you have had the same success?

I am afraid you cannot win forever

unless you accept a wager

If you win this

I shall grant you victory in every battle you shall ever fight

What is the wager?

Let us bet on the outcome of your race to save the King

Then you have already lost

The moment I show my face at the Imperial City

that weakling Wuhuan will submit without question

Let me show you what will happen to the King and his princess Qingcheng

Would anyone like to know

what I am wearing under this garment?

You have shamed me, I shall kill you!


Your Majesty!

Are you saying I am going to kill the King?

The King will be killed by the Master of the Crimson Armor

That is his destiny, which nobody can change

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