Source: Catholic News Service
Visually stunning, historically inspired tale set in war-torn ancient China and told from various points of view -- each shot in a different dominant color -- about an enigmatic swordsman (Jet Li), who defeats three deadly assassins determined to kill an ambitious warlord (Chen Dao Ming) obsessed with uniting the divided land by conquest and becoming its first emperor. Combining spectacular martial arts action sequences with multilayered storytelling, director Zhang Yimou has masterfully crafted a piece of epic filmmaking as dramatically involving as it is aesthetically arresting, which, in spite of all its swordplay, imparts an overwhelmingly anti-violence message. Recurring stylized martial arts violence, an implied sexual encounter and a ritual suicide. Subtitles. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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