in theaters: empire of silver

Headed to the movies this weekend? Maybe mutants aren't your thing and perhaps Super 8 can wait. If you're looking for something a little different, I point you to the award-winning, critically acclaimed historical drama Empire of Silver, currently playing in limited release. Directed by Christina Yao, the film tells the family saga of a powerful banking empire in 19th century China. Take a look at the trailer:

Here's the synopsis:
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.
Empire of Silver opened in select AMC theaters last week in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC and Toronto, and is heading into its second week. The movie has picked up 19 awards during its festival run, and has been getting some strong reviews.

It's not easy for a small film to open theatrically amidst a crazy summer of big-budget Hollywood blockbusters. Just wanted to show some support for Christina Yao, who I had the pleasure of meeting last fall. For more information about the film, including the list of theaters, go to the Empire of Silver website here.

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