A Japanese mostly fantasy action telling of how the warring states (~400BCE) were soon to become a single state under Qin called China. Another immense scale production where at one brief point we see (by a character's account 80,000 warriors, but I counted a little over 103,000) anyway, it's mostly very fantasy sword play where a deposed leader comes back w/an odd lot to regain the crown from a nasty brother & potentially unite the kingdoms. The only thing missing in this drama was a cameo by a dragon. Seemed very China censorship positive of a founding country nationalism tale of good over evil, but just as likely it's bad/evil over badder/eviler.
Forced into slavery in ancient China two boys become like brothers. Aspiring to be free one day they train to hone their skills. The training almost pays off, but one of them is whisked away by one of the emperor's men before its completion. The dream of reuniting with his brother are dashed when the older boy returns mortally wounded only to extract a promise from his younger friend to visit a location. There has been a coup in the palace and the Emperor is bereft of his throne and supporters.
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