Movie of the Month: Empire of Silver

Christina Yao’s multiple award-winning, critically-acclaimed historical epic EMPIRE OF SILVER is set for release on DVD/BluRay and VOD by NeoClassics Home Entertainment on Tuesday, April 25th nationwide.

WALL STREET meets HAMLET meets THE GODFATHER, EMPIRE OF SILVER is a story of greed, deception, love, idealism, jealousy, succession, money, and, of course, power. Set in 1899 China among the ‘piaohao’ Shanxi merchants (known as the Wall Street of China) who controlled the whole nation’s finances and whose influence was felt around the world. A hedonistic young man (Third Master – Aaron Kwok) assumes the role of heir to a banking empire he cares little about and reluctantly submits to pressure from his overbearing father, Lord Kang.

The film reflects historical Chinese cultural values, to which present-day China is slowly returning. It is also a passionate love story about two people who are forever transformed by their love and emboldened to act heroically. Shot on real locations with real antique props, the movie is a sumptuous epic for people who are interested in China and enjoy gorgeous movies.

Director Christina Yao made her film directorial debut after building an extensive theatrical repertoire, directing over 30 plays for such prestigious companies as the American Conservatory Theatre and the National Theatre of Taiwan. Yao is also an acclaimed short story writer, playwright and critical essayist. EMPIRE OF SILVER screened at the 59th Berlinale and won the Jury Award and Best Director Award at Shanghai; the film comes to home entertainment following a very successful Festival tour and theatrical run, where it has garnered numerous awards and critical acclaim.

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