This is a 2006 Chinese tragic drama written and directed by Zhang Yimou.
The plot is based on Cao Yu's 1934 play "Thunderstorm (雷雨)", but is set in the Imperial court in ancient China.
Although it is a fascinating, captivating and entertaining piece, the whole storyline turns out unbelievable and unrelistic simply because the martial arts and battle scenes seem like fantasy.
In any case, it appears like an awe-inspiring epic.

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