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Visually stunning movie combines martial arts, tragedy, historical drama, and philosophy into one complex, satisfying epic. Set in 3rd century B.C. China, the story revolves around swordsman Nameless (Li), who hunts down three assassins for the ruthless King (Chen), who used brutal methods to bring the various states of China under his leadership. Told mostly in flashback, Nameless unveils his encounters with the warriors (Leung, Cheung, and Yen) to the King, but all is not as it seems, and in the end Nameless faces a choice of what his place in the King's newly unified China should be. Features meticulous, creative cinematography (each segment has its own color theme) and beautiful martial arts sequences, but is hindered by inconsistent performances. The most expensive Chinese production ever made at $30 million, it has been criticized for appearing to endorse the government's stance on a unified China.

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Available on Running time 98 minutes. Originally from Hong Kong, Chinese.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Martial Arts, China, Historical Drama, Royalty, Assassination, Flashback, Romantic Triangles, Out of Order
Screenplay
Zhang Yimou, Feng Li, Bin Wang
Cast
Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Donnie Yen, Zhang Ziyi, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Daoming Chen
Cinematography
Christopher Doyle
Director
Zhang Yimou
Music
Tan Dun
Other
Tao Jing, Zhai Ru, Angie Lam, Emi Wada, Huo Tingxiao, Yi Zhenzhou
Producer
Zhang Yimou, Bill Kong, Beijing New Picture Film Company, Focus Features

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