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In a series of flashbacks one man (Jet Li) accounts the story of how me defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.

Although this film was made back in 2002 and released in Asia then, its taken 2 years and an endorsement by Quentin Tarantino, to finally get the film released in the UK and US (where it went straight to the top of the US box office charts). Although its filmed in Mandarin Chinese and subtitled, don't let that put anyone off. Jet Li gives his usual calm, understated performance that we're come to expect from films such as Lethal Weapon 4 and The One.

The most expensive Chinese movie ever made, this film follows in the footsteps of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by giving a visually beautiful film with amazingly choreographed wire work fight sequences. Each version of the flashback stories is given a unique feel by the use of a vibrant colour (red, blues, greens etc.), and there are some stunning slow motion visual effects used in a rain soaked sword fight sequence.

If you enjoyed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon then you're sure to enjoy this film too.

Review by Paul