Hidden Dragon comes a swirling, sword-clanging new legend in martial arts lore, the epic tale of a destiny foretold, of battles fought... and of a love to be won. A slave who can outrun stampeding bulls... battling warriors who soar from treetop to treetop... awe-inspiring feats of martial-arts mastery... breathtaking visuals and heart-stopping action: All intertwine in this haunting tale of a beautiful princess torn between destiny and desire. The Promise soars with gravity-defying thrills. Prepare to be amazed, astonished and carried to new heights by a romantic epic of exceptional emotional resonance... one of the most beautiful films imaginable.
Empty would-be epic promises more than it delivers
- The Promise review by Alphaville
Typical Chinese faux-historical concoction of colourful costumes, hyperactive action, schoolplay acting and zero drama. The cgi action is unconvincingly madcap and soon palls, like Jackie Chan played straight. One prolonged battle set-piece features a bull stampede in a canyon, which our hero outruns at lightning speed with a general on his back. Oh, and there’s a flying goddess. Baddie Nicholas Tse is the only actor on view with any charisma, as he so often is. With over-obvious wirework and disjointed direction from ‘acclaimed director’ Chen Kaige, it’s a shame the imagination on show doesn’t add up to something more captivating.