Hero is a 2002 Wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. Starring Jet Li as the nameless protagonist, the film is based on the story of Jing Ke's assassination attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC.
Hero was first released in China on October 24, 2002. At that time, it was the most expensive project and the highest-grossing motion picture in Chinese film history. Miramax Films owned the American market distribution rights, but delayed the release of the film for nearly two years. It was finally presented by Quentin Tarantino to American theaters on August 27, 2004.
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. The king has just survived an attempt on his life by three feared assassin (Long Sky, Flying Snow and Broken Sword), and has taken precautions to protect himself, including forbidding visitors to approach 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 is impressed and allows Nameless to sit progressively closer to him and tell him his story.
Nameless recalls approaching Long Sky at a Weiqi parlor where he dueled and slew the assassin in front of witnesses. Later, he traveled to a calligraphy school in the Zhao state where he met Flying Snow and Broken Sword. Nameless asked Sword for a scroll with the Chinese character for "Sword" written on it. Snow and Sword were lovers and Sword was heartbroken when he heard from Nameless that Snow was having a secret affair with Sky. In retaliation, Sword had sex with his servant, Moon, right in front of Snow. Snow killed Sword in a fit of silent rage, prompting Moon to fight her to avenge her master. Moon died in the fight after accidentally impaling herself on Snow's blade. The following day, the emotionally distracted Snow was killed by Nameless in a duel.
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