Coming to DVD and BluRay July 10th


Art/Foreign Drama | 2009 | Run Time: 113 min

Director: Christina Yao | Language: Mandarin


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China, 1899. In a land of exquisite beauty and timeless tradition a hedonistic young man known as ‘Third Master’ is the heir to a banking empire he cares little about. However, after his brother’s wife is kidnapped he reluctantly submits to the pressure of his title as well as his overbearing father, Lord Kang. Lord Kang is determined to prepare his son for financial leadership by molding Third Master into his own image. The ruthless businessman’s unethical practices do not sit well with Third Master, who sees the salvation of his country in the redistribution of its massive silver cache. 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. The fate of the country and it’s most powerful family now lies with one idealistic young man torn between the needs of the people, the greed of his father, and the undying love of woman.



Release Schedule and Theaters:

Theater Locations starting August 5th:

AMC Studio 30
2949 Dunvale Road, Houston, TX 77063-4405


San Diego
AMC Mission Valley 20
1640 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA 92108





  • Shanghai International Film Festival 2009

Winner: Jury Award

Winner: Best Director, Press Award


  • Berlin Film Festival Selection 2009
  • San Francisco International Film Festival Selection 2010



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Cast & Crew

Director: Christina Yao

Producer: Peggy Chaio

Director of Cinematography: Anthony Pun

Cast: Jennifer Tilly, Hao Lei, Aaron Kwok,Tielin Zhang


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