Chinese director Chen Kaige is perhaps best known for his award-winning 1993 drama Farewell My Concubine, starring Gong Li and the late Leslie Cheung. However, Kaige made a detour into full-blown fantasy territory with 2005′s The Promise, a pastel-colored wuxia that left some viewers scratching their heads even as they appreciated Kaige’s impressive visuals. Now it looks like Chen Kaige is striking a balance between these two disparate modes of filmmking with the historical epic Sacrifice.
The US trailer for the film is online now, promising plenty of wire-assisted action but with a visual style that is more rooted in reality. Sacrifice was actually released in China back in 2010 but it will be receiving a limited theatrical release in North America this summer courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films. You can expect to catch the Sacrifice on July 27th, 2012.