EMPIRE OF SILVER

MATERIALS

DOCUMENTATION

PHOTOS

CHRISTINA YAO

2009 || China-Taiwan-Hong Kong || 112 mins || 35mm || Color || in Mandarin || Feature

WORLD SALES

HanWay Films (London)

FESTIVALS / AWARDS

BERLIN 09 - Berlinale Special

SYNOPSIS

China, 1899. A hedonistic young man must assume the role of heir to a banking empire he cares little about. Following the tragic kidnapping of his brother's wife, "Third Master" reluctantly submits to pressure from his overbearing father.

Powerful bank-owner Lord Kang is determined to prepare Third Master for financial leadership by molding his son into his own image. The ruthless businessman tries to convince his son to choose a proven unscrupulous bank manager over a more honest one. But the idealistic Third Master has always questioned his father’s autocratic rule and ethics.

The tense relationship is further complicated by Third Master's undying love for his beautiful young stepmother, his first and only love stolen from him by his own father.

Embarking on a metaphysical journey, Third Master must decide whether to follow his father's path or find his own. Greed, deception and jealousy surface under the pressures of war and the impending change from silver to paper bills ...

CAST

Aaron Kwok, Tielin Zhang, Jennifer Tilly, Hao Lei