- This is about the 2002 Chinese movie. For the 1992 movie released in America as Hero, see Accidental Hero. For other uses of "hero", see Hero.
is a Wuxia
film directed by Zhang Yimou
and released in 2002. Starring Jet Li
, Maggie Cheung
, Zhang Ziyi
, Tony Leung
and Donnie Yen
, it is set in the troubled transitional period between the Warring Kingdoms and the Qin Dynasty, when the ruthlessly despotic King of Qin
was in the process of annexing the other kingdoms of China and incorporating them wholesale into his own.
Jet Li plays Wu Ming ("Nameless
"), ostensibly a minor official who claims to have vanquished three assassins out to kill the King (Broken Sword, Long Sky and Flying Snow) before he has a chance to declare himself Emperor. As he tells his story
to the terminally paranoid King, things turn out not to be as they seem
The movie generated political controversy, as the ending was interpreted by some as a justification of despotic rule, and as such an endorsement of the current Chinese authoritarian regime.
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