Independent distributors NeoClassics Films have revealed that they are preparing a Blu-ray release of director Christina Yao's Empire of Silver (2009), starring Aaron Kwok, Tielin Zhang, and Lei Hao. The preliminary release date set by the distributors is April 16th.
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.
In 2009, Empire of Silver won the Special Jury Award at the Shanghai International Film Festival.