EMPIRE OF SILVER, directed by Christina Yao and starring Aaron Kwok, is a narrative drama inspired by historical events. A gorgeous period piece, EMPIRE OF SILVER features a “piaohao,” Chinese precursor to the modern-day bank, piaohao controlled the whole nation’s finances, concurrently monopolizing the money transfer business (the equivalent of wiring funds today) and managing funds on loan and deposit. In EMPIRE OF SILVER, the fictitious group is representative of the piaohao of the time, with its numerous branches all over China and also in nearby countries such as Russia, Mongolia and Japan.
The film centers around a hedonistic young man who 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.
Meanwhile, 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 …
The stellar cast also features: Jennifer Tilly, Tielin Zhang, Hao Lei and more.
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