The Promise is a great looking film that relates the mythical story of a young woman and the men who love her. It is a cool fantasy story with flying people who have mystical powers and strength. Renowned director Chen Kaige works with a pan-Asian cast that features the exquisite Cecilia Cheung Pak-Chi and the handsome Nicholas Tse Ting-Fung. The cinematography is very good while some of the CG effects don't look so hot. The costumes and set designs are extraordinary.
Reviewer Score: 7
The action sequences are quite compelling. Chen was smart to hire Stephen Tung Wai and Dion Lam Dik-On to serve as action directors. Both of them are talented directors with many good films of their own. The movie garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film in 2006. I liked it a lot, and so will you, if you like this epic kind of film.