Director/co-writer Zhang Yimou ("Hero") juggles royal intrigues, highly emotional drama, and extravagant swordplay in this spectacular historic drama. An ailing Tang Dynasty empress (Gong Li) conducts an affair with her stepson, but the crown prince's heart belongs to the daughter of the imperial physician, who is helping the emperor (Chow Yun-Fat) poison his unfaithful wife. Junjie Qin, Liu Ye also star. 114 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, French; featurette. In Mandarin with English subtitles/Dubbed in English.