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Plot

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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. Therefore, no visitors are to approach him within 100 paces. 'Nameless' (Jet Li) claims that he has 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 state and that his family was killed by Qin soldiers, confesses that he defeated Sky without killing him and asked Snow and Sword to cooperate by taking a pseudo duel as well. Sword waited for Nameless on his way to Qin after his false duel with Snow, and told him that the only way to achieve peace was to unite the states under a common dynasty; namely that of Qin, which alone has the ability to do so, thus revealing why Sword gave up his earlier assassination attempt.

The king, affected by the tale and by Sword's understanding of his dream to unify China, ceases to fear Nameless. He then tosses his sword to Nameless and examines a scroll drawn by Sword, and understands that it explains the ideal warrior, who, paradoxically, should have no desire to kill. When Nameless realizes the wisdom of these words, he abandons his mission and spares the king.

Meanwhile, when Snow learns that Sword had convinced Nameless to forgo the assassination, she furiously challenges Sword to a fight and unintentionally kills him when he chooses not to defend himself so that she would understand his hopes for universal peace. Overwhelmed by guilt, Snow then commits suicide. At the Qin palace, the king reluctantly orders Nameless executed, being urged thereto by his court. As the film ends, Nameless receives a hero's funeral and a closing text identifies the king as Qin Shi Huang.

 

Film Information
Film Title : Hero
Traditional : 英雄
Simplified : 英雄
Mandarin : Yīngxióng
Country / Region :China Mainland
Published Languages :Mandarin
Film types :Fiction/Feature Film
Genres :Drama
Film companies : EDKO Film Ltd.
Release year : 2002
Cast
Jet Li   as   Nameless
Tony Leung   as   Broken Sword
Maggie Zhang   as   Flying Snow
Chen Dao Ming   as   King of Qin
Ziyi Zhang   as   Moon
Donnie Yen   as   Sky
Production Credits
Co-Producer Zhang Yi Mou ( 张艺谋 )
Director Zhang Yi Mou ( 张艺谋 )
Screenwriter Zhang Yi Mou ( 张艺谋 )