Hero Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Hero Script



I was orphaned at an early age



I had no name,

so people called me Nameless



Being a nobody,

I studied swordsmanship



After 10 years of practice



I acquired a unique skill



The King of Qin has summoned me



My deeds have astonished the Kingdom



By order of His Majesty



we have brought the mighty warrior



Sky, Flying Snow and Broken Sword



the three assassins from Zhao



have sought His Majesty's life

for    years



His Majesty has known no peace



To the astonishment of all



a mighty warrior of Qin

has smashed them



His Majesty can finally sleep at night!



We rejoice for our King!



This warrior sent from Heaven



has exterminated the assassins



Summon the warrior!



Remain     paces from His Majesty



Or you will be executed.

Never forget that



No one is allowed

within     paces of me



Do you know why?



To guard against assassins



Yes. That's why I am confined

in this armor



You have removed a great peril for me



How should I reward you?



My service was for Qin, not for a reward



Achievements must be rewarded



Sky's silver spear...



wounded many of my brave warriors



Announce my edict!



By order of His Majesty



he who kills Sky

will receive gold and land



and be allowed to drink



within    paces of His Majesty



I am informed you're a citizen of Qin



I am a Prefect from Leng Meng County



A County Prefect over    square miles!



Surely the lowest-ranking official in Qin



How did you defeat such opponents?



I took them on one by one



Tell me the details



Does Your Majesty know



Flying Snow and Broken Sword were lovers?



Yes, I do



And that they hadn't spoken

for three years?



For three years? Why?



Flying Snow had an affair with Sky



Broken Sword never forgave her



Why haven't I heard this before?



I went to great lengths to uncover it



To divide Flying Snow and Broken Sword



I first needed to eliminate Sky



I have an idea of what you planned



Your Majesty is wise



What did you use to defeat Sky?



The sword



I must arrest criminals in my county



On the fifth day of the sixth month



Sky attended a chess house



I had learnt he enjoyed playing chess



and listening to music there



So, the seven masters of Qin Palace



We are here to arrest you!



Identify yourself by showing your spear






What can a minor official do?



This is my territory






You are on the King's most wanted list



I am placing you under arrest



Old man, please play one more tune



Martial arts and music are different



but they share the same principle



Both stress attaining a supreme state



Sky and I faced each other

for a long time



Neither of us moved



We fought the battle in our minds



How swift thy sword!



I thought I knew everything

about my Kingdom



I didn't know that Leng Meng County



held a talent like yours



Broken Sword



Flying Snow



By order of His Majesty!



Flying Snow and Broken Sword



have teamed up for assassination



He who kills either of them



will receive gold and land



and be allowed to drink



within    paces of His Majesty



Three years ago, Flying Snow



stormed the palace with Broken Sword



     elite troops couldn't stop them



I've since emptied the palace



so assassins cannot hide



Was your sword swifter

than theirs combined?






How did you do it, then?



Disguised as a citizen of Zhao



I sought them in the Kingdom of Zhao



I learned they were hiding



in a calligraphy school



under the names Highcliff and Springbrook



Rumor had it



the Qin army would attack that day



Most of the townspeople had fled



Only the school's students remained



Why have you come at such a time?



Who are you?



I'm from Yi County

in the Kingdom of Zhao



My father's dying wish



was for one of your scrolls



I fear this may be our school's last day



Which calligrapher do you seek?



I respectfully request Master Highcliff



Highcliff was Broken Sword



Legend said his skill as a swordsman



was rooted in his calligraphy



So I had my concerns



I needed to find out if it was true



What do you want written?






You are fond of the sword?



It was my father's dying wish



What size scroll?



Eight feet



For that size I will need red ink



My master has asked me



to borrow some red ink



My master wants to borrow some red ink



Did you hear me, Master Springbrook?



Master Highcliff wants to borrow red ink



Tell him to come himself



Could I have some red ink?



The character "sword"

was still being written



when Your Majesty's troops



arrived at the city gates






Your Majesty's army is invincible



not only because it is brave



but also because of its archery



with a greater range than any other army



The Qin archers are like artillery



intimidating the enemy



Hail! Hail! Hail!



Please remember



their arrows might destroy our town



and topple our Kingdom



but they can never

obliterate our culture






you will learn the essence of our culture



Hail! Hail! Hail!



Those Zhao people didn't flee?



They drew strength from their calligraphy



What was so difficult about "sword"?



There are    different ways to write it



I asked Broken Sword



for a   th way



Both calligraphy and swordplay



rely on one's strength and spirit



The   th style would reveal



the essence of his swordsmanship



How odd to write it in    ways



It makes the written language



impossible to comprehend



Once I've conquered the six Kingdoms



and all the northern tribes



I will eradicate this problem



by mandating one style of writing



Wouldn't that be ideal?



Your Majesty won't stop

at the six Kingdoms?



The six Kingdoms are nothing!



I will lead my army to conquer vast lands



and establish a great empire



Hail! Hail! Hail!



Master Springbrook



Why are you going outside?



To fend off the arrows



You aren't needed. Stay inside



The Qin archers are powerful



You alone may not stop them



Hail! Hail! Hail!



You are good



You are even better



You didn't come here for calligraphy



Who are you?



I've travelled here to deliver an item



Please meet me in the library at midnight



Great calligraphy



Great swordplay



You didn't even see my swordplay



I couldn't have written without it



At midnight



meet me in the library



Several hundred thousand Qin troops



were readying for the next onslaught



I studied the character all night



trying to unlock the secret of his skills



It would reveal his swordsmanship?



But it's just an ordinary word



Calligraphy and swordplay are similar



One must comprehend their true essence



Did you discover it?



It eluded me



So how did you challenge them?



Sky died by your sword?






Who are you? Why are you here?



I'm from the Kingdom of Qin



I have a message from Sky



Go on



He said he had lived a life



without responsibilities or commitments



He cared for only one person






Flying Snow



Sky was certain she'd avenge his death



To fight, meet me at the Qin camp



You can leave now






I know you saw us!



I let you see us on purpose!



I no longer care about you at all!



We were both very foolish



I'm not going to fight you



Go away!



I will kill you in honor of my master!



You ask to die. I will help you.



Why do you laugh?



What you did last night was stupid



My plan proved successful



When Flying Snow was fighting me



she was disturbed and disoriented



I defeated her easily



I never imagined supreme warriors



like Broken Sword and Flying Snow



allowing their emotions

to be a liability



It sounds as if you did divide them






In that case, they must have been



petty and narrow-minded






Your story sounds logical






you have underestimated one person.









Would you like my impression of them?



Three years ago they stormed the palace



I was impressed



by their valor and dignity



Their character could not be petty



So Flying Snow's affair with Sky is a lie



Their betrayal of one another is a lie



The story you just told is a lie!



Except for one thing



Sky did know one of you









I surmise you two were old friends



And Sky's defeat has only one explanation



What's that?



He permitted it



To kill me, the two of you formed a pact



using my men as witnesses



That was not hard to arrange



The hardest part was to persuade Sky



to put his life in your hands



You were not fast enough to defeat Sky



He died willingly under your sword



Such devotion deserves true respect



He was the first to sacrifice himself



for your mission



Sky was proud



He saw himself as an unrivalled fighter



What convinced him you could succeed



where he had failed?



You have trained, perhaps for    years



with one goal, my assassination



You have a great skill

that few can counter



Killing Sky got you within    paces of me



So why seek out

Broken Sword and Flying Snow?



I surmise that your skill



requires you to come within    paces



You needed a second sacrifice



to claim another reward



to bring you within    paces



Although Broken Sword and Flying Snow



had never met Sky



they instantly understood



the reason for his defeat



How far am I from the bookshelves?



About    paces



   paces is fine



I need one of you to help me



Please decide between yourselves



Meet me at the Qin camp tomorrow morning



How swift thy sword!






Sky was a superior warrior



He willingly gave his life to this man



He can kill the King



We must proceed



That means we will die



Then we die together



You were one step ahead of me



Did I hurt you too much?



I should be the one who fights him



I want you to live



If you died, how could I live?



You will live on, promise me



Say it!



All right



Moon is on her way



I had better go



I am Nameless,

Prefect of Leng Meng County



Please allow me to fight this assassin



She is on His Majesty's most wanted list



Now she's here, I will arrest her



The assassin and I have an agreement



to fight one on one



Should I be unable to defeat her



please apprehend her



Your permission is sought



Draw your sword!



Hail! Hail! Hail!



Make your move!



Hail! Hail! Hail!



I die willingly



Make your move



Hail! Hail! Hail!



Hail! Hail! Hail!



Hail! Hail! Hail!



Hail! Hail! Hail!



How swift thy sword!



I believe you and

Broken Sword also fought



And like your fight with Sky



it was not real



but rather it was



a battle in your minds



A fight to honor Flying Snow.



My master wishes you to have his sword






He and she are bound in life and death



They will never part,

nor will their swords



It is his dying wish



that you take his sword for your mission



Sky, Flying Snow and Broken Sword



sacrificed themselves



so you can be within    paces of me



All three gave you their lives



The best of friends could not give more



Therefore you are



the most dangerous assassin of all



How did you uncover my plan?



The flames of these candles



are disturbed by your murderous intent



All of you



are willing to die for a cause



I'm ashamed to say

I am not that committed



Your Majesty has seen through our plan



If I had realised this sooner



I wouldn't have allowed you so close



A citizen of Qin would not do this



Who are you?



A man of Zhao



Your Qin soldiers killed my family



I wandered into Qin



and was adopted



I discovered my real identity

   years ago



and set my heart on this plan



You've come to avenge Zhao



I see



I would like to know



if your special skill has a name



As Your Majesty guessed



there is only one crucial move



What is that?



"Death within    Paces."



"Death within    Paces." A good name!



All my guards are     paces away



outside the palace



You are within    paces



It would seem



that today I am doomed



But I sense your hesitation



Your Majesty is perceptive






you too have underestimated someone.






Broken Sword



I needed to prove to them



that my sword was fast and accurate



Within    paces



my sword strikes with surgical precision



If it enters at precise pressure points



it will not cause any fatal injury



If one of you would take a blow



before witnesses, we can fool the King



Such a blow is hardly child's play



How is Sky now?



Fully recovered



His trust in your sword

was extraordinary



The King's security is impenetrable



There was no other way



His Imperial Guards were useless



He should have died three years ago.



What went wrong?



I abandoned the plan



The King must not be killed



He said that?









I also asked him



What did he say?



He would not explain that day



Broken Sword is the strongest

of the three



He and I are probably equal in skills



What he told me later



greatly unsettled me



While I'm alive



I'll stop you assassinating the King



I will help you



He let the opportunity go by



This time, we must succeed



See you tomorrow at the Qin camp



Please do me a favor



Help me fight Broken Sword!






What are you waiting for?



Although I had agreed to help her



attack from behind is dishonorable



so I couldn't draw my sword



But we both knew



if we did not stop Broken Sword



we would never succeed



Moon, don't!



You're no match for him. Stop



I knew this would happen



You can't stop me now



Even wounded, I will still stop you



Then I will kill you!



Did I hurt him too much?



Your special medicine



should heal his wounds in a day



Have you delivered it?



I tended to the wound myself



After the battle, take my sword



and follow Nameless to see the King






They won't treat a servant harshly



If the assassination succeeds



wave a red flag on your return



If it fails, a yellow one



If something happens to you



any message will be useless



I will smile from Heaven



if I see a red flag



How is Flying Snow?



She is resting



She doesn't know I've come



You said you'd stop me



Please abandon the mission



You know I am a man of Zhao



So am I



Doesn't Qin want to conquer Zhao?






Isn't the King the enemy of Zhao?






Who are you trying to defend?



You call yourself a man of Zhao?



Flying Snow has asked me that too



When we first met



I was living a carefree life



She's the daughter of a Zhao general



who died in battle against Qin



She inherited his sword



I knew she would avenge her father



I promised to help her



Calligraphy and swordplay



share the same principles



We did calligraphy to

inspire our swordplay



and to heighten our powers



She knew I'd drifted since childhood



calling no place home



Once we'd killed the King, she said



she would take me to her home



There'd be no more swordsmen



only a man



and a woman



The essence of calligraphy

is from the soul



Swordsmanship is the same



Both aspire to truth and simplicity



Gradually I recognised a greater cause



Three years ago we perfected our skills



Flying Snow insisted on going ahead



Together, we stormed the palace



She asked why I had abandoned the mission



I told her the King must not be killed



That is what calligraphy taught me



I didn't kill the King



After that she refused to talk to me



Please abandon your plan






Was your sword forged in hatred?






For    years, it has never tired



I can't stop now



How can I dissuade you?



Only by killing me



Are you that determined?






Allow me to convey my conviction



in three words



These words express my mind



Please consider



Moon, give my sword to Master Nameless



Flying Snow and I will never part



nor will our swords



Master Nameless



although I am just a humble servant



allow me to say a few words



I've been with my master since

I was eight



He taught me martial arts



and how to be a decent person



Whatever my master does



is for a good reason



The words he has given you



carry a deep meaning



Master Nameless, please take his advice



What were the words he wrote?



"All under Heaven."



All under Heaven...



Broken Sword said



"The people

have suffered years of warfare



"Only the King of Qin can stop the chaos



"by uniting all under Heaven."



He asked me to abandon the assassination



for the greater good of all



He said, one person's suffering

is nothing



compared to the suffering of many



The rivalry of Zhao and Qin is trivial



compared to the greater cause



The person who really understands me



is my most feared enemy



Alone, I have endured so much criticism



So many attempts on my life



No one understands my intentions



Even my court officials



see me as a tyrant



But I never imagined



that Broken Sword, my arch-enemy



would truly understand



and appreciate my real motives



I would like to know



how you mean to kill me

without your sword?



By capturing yours!



This sword has protected me



through all my battles



Having found a true confidant

in Broken Sword



if I die, I am content with my life



Let "All under Heaven"



guide your decision



It's just dawned on me!



This scroll of Broken Sword's



isn't about sword technique



but about swordsmanship's ultimate ideal



Swordsmanship's first achievement



is the unity of man and sword



Once this unity is attained



even a blade of grass can be a weapon



The second achievement is when



the sword exists in one's heart



when absent from one's hand

One can strike an enemy at     paces



even with bare hands



Swordsmanship's ultimate achievement



is the absence of the sword

in both hand and heart



The swordsman is at peace



with the rest of the world



He vows not to kill



and to bring peace to mankind



Your Majesty,

your visions have convinced me



that you are committed to the highest ideal



of ultimate swordsmanship



Therefore I cannot kill you



Remember those who gave their lives



for the highest ideal: peace.



No more killing

Nameless went within    paces of the King



He could not have missed



There is only one explanation



He must have abandoned the mission



What did you say to him?



I wrote three words



What words?



"All under Heaven."



That is all you care about!



And you



I don't believe you



How can I convince you?



Draw your sword



You've misled Nameless



You've ruined Sky

and the Kingdom of Zhao






When we first met...



I had to prove myself to convince you



What can I do this time?



Just draw your sword!



Why didn't you fend off my sword?



So that you'd believe me



I always wanted to go home with you



Sadly, it won't happen now



Take good care of yourself



Why didn't you defend yourself?



Why didn't you defend yourself?



Why didn't you?



No more drifting, no more roaming



I'm taking you home now



Our home



Your Majesty, permission to execute?



Permission to execute?



Your Majesty, permission to execute?



Permission to execute?



He conspired to assassinate Your Majesty



Show no mercy!



This is the law of Qin!



To conquer all under Heaven



the law must be enforced



Set an example for the world!



Execute him! Execute him!



Execute him!



Execute him! Execute him!



Execute him!



Execute him!



Hail! Hail! Hail!



Hail! Hail! Hail!

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