Empire of Silver


A hedonistic young man 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. Powerful bank-owner Lord Kang is determined to prepare Third Master for financial leadership by molding his son into his own image. 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 ...

EXCLUSIVE: Christina Yao Talks ‘Empire of Silver’

Christina Yao makes her feature directorial debut with the incredibly ambitious (and gorgeous) movie Empire of Silver, although she is no stranger to directing. She has directed over 30 plays for theater companies in America and Taiwan. However, when she heard about the story behind Empire of Silver, a seldom-told true story about a powerful Chinese banking family in 1899, she took action, writing the screenplay and securing financing for her directorial debut. The story follows the tumultuous war-torn events in China, which causes the slacker son of this banking dynasty (Aaron Kwok), who wants nothing to do with the family business, to step up and lead the business, although he disagrees with some of his father's moral values. This sweeping tale also includes an intriguing sub-plot where the son still pines for the woman who is now his stepmother (Lei Hao), his first love who was stolen from him by his father.

After a successful film festival run, Empire of Silver will open in New York, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, D.C., and Toronto on June 3. I recently had the chance to speak with director Christina Yao over the phone about Empire of Silver. Here's what she had to say.

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