Neo-Classics Films has released images and a new trailer for Empire of Silver, which opens in select markets this Friday, June 3, 2011. The film takes place in 1899, centering on a carefree young man who must prepare to take over his family’s Chinese banking empire.
The interesting casting of the Taiwanese-language film includes American actress Jennifer Tilly, more known for cult cinema than art house imports. Also starring in the Christina Yao-directed movie are Aaron Kwok, Lantian Chang, Zhicheng Ding, Lei Hao, Shih Chieh King, Jonathan Kos-Read, Zhen Yu Lei, Zhong Lü, John Paisley, Niu Tien, Deshun Wang, Tielin Zhang.
Here is the synopsis for Empire of Silver.
China, 1899. In a land of exquisite beauty and timeless tradition a young man known as ‘Third Master’ is the heir to a banking fortune he cares little about. However, after his brother’s wife is kidnapped he reluctantly submits to the pressure of his title and his father, Lord Kang.
Lord Kang is determined to prepare his son for financial leadership by molding Third Master into his own image. But the strong-willed businessman’s methods do not sit well with Third Master, who sees the salvation of his business in following the righteous path of his ancestors.
Third Master and Lord Kang’s tense relationship is further complicated by the son’s feelings for his beautiful young stepmother – his first and only love – stolen from him by his own father.
The fate of the banking empire and its most powerful family now lies with one idealistic young man torn between the needs of the people, the duty to his family, and the undying love of a woman.
Check out the trailer and an image gallery for Empire of Silver below.