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"One man's strength will unite an empire."

The movie takes place over 2200 years ago in China, and is very loosely based on a true story. It features martial arts action that is both intense and intensely beautiful. It features shifting personal alliances, and shows the lengths that people will go to when they believe strongly in a cause. It was filmed in mainland China and Hong Kong.

When the story opens, three assassins have attempted to kill the king of Qin, who wishes to unify all of China. The king invites a nameless man to tell the story of how he defeated those assassins. Because of these assassination attempts, no one is allowed to approach too close to the king. But “Nameless” earns enough of the trust of the king to gradually approach more and more closely as he tells his story.

“Nameless” tells the king that he was orphaned very young and no one ever gave him a name. He tells the king that he trained to be a swordsman. He then tells the story, shown in flashback and with many fight sequences, of how he defeated the assassin Long Sky after meeting him at a gaming parlor, and then tells of how he met the other two assassins, Broken Sword and Flying Snow, at a school of calligraphy, eventually setting them against each other which results in both of their deaths. “Nameless” shows the king the weapons of the three assassins to prove that they are dead.

The king questions his story, prompting “Nameless” to tell a somewhat different version of the events, leading to the stunning climax that will have profound impact on the future of China.

| 2002 | 1 hr 39 min | 7.9/10 | 85/100
Jet Li, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang
Zhang Yimou
Produced By
Zhang Yimou

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