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Release Date: August 27th, 2004

DVD Release Date: November 30th, 2004

PG-13|1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary
In this visually arresting martial arts epic set in ancient China, an unnamed fighter (Jet Li) is being honored for defeating three of the king's most dangerous enemies. When Nameless recounts his battles with the assassins -- Broken Sword (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) and Moon (Zhang Ziyi) -- the king begins to question some of the details. As Nameless goes on, the king challenges the tales, interjecting his own take on these perhaps suspect version of events.

Cast: Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung, Donnie Yen Ji-Dan, Chen Daoming, Zhang Ziyi, Liu Zhongyuan, Tianyong Zheng

Director: Yimou Zhang

Genres: Martial arts, Historical drama, Action

Production Co: Beijing New Picture Film Co.

Distributors: Miramax Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Its stars - especially the photogenic Leung and Cheung, fresh from Wong Kar Wai's jazzy romance In the Mood for Love - are wonderfully charismatic. And wonderfully athletic. show more

  • The film never musters the intimate feel the gifted director brought to such early films as "Raise the Red Dragon" and "Ju Dou." You cheer his accomplishment in Hero without ever feeling close to it. show more

  • Rich in motion -- the very clothes of the characters seem under a choreographer's direction -- as well as imagery.

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