During the dying days of China's Tang Dynasty, a cop goes undercover in a whorehouse to ferret out the new girl, who is, in reality, a member of a gang of assassins out to take down the government. The girl (Zhang Ziyi) is jailed and sprung by the cop (Takeshi Kaneshiro) posing as a hired gun; he will return her to her gang on the condition she introduces him to its higher-ups. During their journey, they will fend off friends posing as enemies and enemies posing as friends, and they will fall in love. But in time the man will discover the woman isn't at all who he believed she was, the woman will discover the man isn't quite who she thought he was, and both will find that others along their path aren't who they claim to be either. Hearts will be broken, blood will be spilled, and lives will be ended, just before the movie itself ends in a storm of snow and tears. Director Zhang Yimou (Hero) has made something that should be hung on a wall and marveled at, a movie so widescreen it seems to bleed into the neighboring theater. Its exquisiteness can overwhelm in a single sitting.