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Promise, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Fantasy romance set in China's mythic past about a beautiful princess (Cecilia Cheung) whose childhood pact with a goddess to forsake true love for worldly comfort reaps fateful consequences for her and the three rivals vying for her affections: a renowned general (Hiroyuki Sanada), his loyal, supernaturally swift slave (Jang Dong-Gun) and a villainous duke (Nicholas Tse). Director Chen Kaige's epic tale of desire and destiny explores universal themes of honor, self-sacrifice and free will, but sacrifices character development and narrative clarity in favor of sumptuous visuals and effects-heavy martial arts sequences. Much stylized action violence, images of battlefield carnage, a massacre scene, a flaming body and a sexual encounter, as well as suggested bathing nudity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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