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Oldies: "Hero" (Ying Xiong) (2003), a film by Yimou Zhang

Posted by Theia - Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

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Directed by Yimou Zhang, and written by Feng Li, Bin Wang, and Yimou Zhang, «Hero» (also known as "Ying Xiong") is an Action/Adventure/Martial Arts film, released on January 14 of 2003 in the USA . Jet Li and Tony Leung Chiu Wai are starring, alongside Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang, Daoming Chen and Donnie Yen.

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In ancient China during the Warring States Period, a nameless prefect of a small jurisdiction arrives at the Qin state's capital city to meet the king of Qin, who has survived an attempt on his life by the assassins Long Sky, Flying Snow, and Broken Sword, and therefore forbidden visitors closer than 100 paces to his throne. 'Nameless' claims that he had slain the three assassins and he displays their weapons before the king, who allows Nameless to sit closer to him and tell him his story.

Nameless recounts killing Long Sky at a weiqi parlor; later to meet Flying Snow and Broken Sword at a calligraphy school in the Zhao state, where he set them against each other until Snow killed Sword and was herself slain by Nameless. As the tale concludes, the king expresses disbelief and accuses Nameless of staging the duels with the assassins, who surrendered their lives to allow him to gain the king's trust and take the king's life.

Nameless admits that he is a native of the Zhao [...]

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