You could say Harvey Weinstein (right) is not keeping his 'Promise'. The former Miramax boss has decided to sever his ties to mainland director Chen Kaige's latest movie, a period fantasy released before the Christmas holidays in Hong Kong. According to various reports, his Weinstein Company has handed the North American distribution rights to The Promise back to its producers, Moonstone Entertainment, after what has been described as a 'dispute over the release strategy'. The legendary movie mogul initially picked up the movie, starring Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi (above) and Nicholas Tse Ting-fung, after viewing a 12-minute trailer at the Cannes Film Festival in May, hoping for a success similar to Zhang Yimou's Hero. However, the company soon asked for concessions after seeing the filmmaker's final version. First, they changed the English title to Master of the Crimson Armor and then trimmed it by 19 minutes to 102 minutes. The final straw came when Weinstein offered a small, limited-release launch, while Chen argued for a wider release. However, movie fans in Los Angeles will get a chance to see the epic as it now stands in a one-week release for it to qualify for the Oscars as China's entry in the foreign movie category.