I have to warn you, this movie is basically two different genres, and if you aren't expecting it, you'll hate me. and it.
the first half of the movie is ADORABLE city. A girl in way back then China dresses up like a boy because her parents need to send her away for a bit. She attends kung fu school, is totally obviously a girl, and falls in love with Wu Zun. IT'S ADORABLE. I have a picspam of the adorable coming up soon, too.
Then..well..things go..downhill. this picspam is the downhill. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS.
Girl is forced into a marriage with a guy she does not want to marry. In China's version of Romeo and Juliet, she doesn't pretend to commit suicide the night before. She waits until she is in her wedding carriage. The day before she lied to Shang (Wu Zun) and told him she never loved him - it was either that, or watch fiance kill Shang in front of her. He staggered off with arrows in his back and a broken heart.
He, uh, doesn't take it well when he hears she is dead. He figures out she lied, and knocks out 4 of his friends who are trying to stop him from doing something crazy.
Like try to go to her house, which is heavily guarded. Fiance doesnt want Shang around.
Gorgeous fight scene with puddles and blood and Shang getting stabbed follows, but he fights his way through to the interior.
GUH. The contrast between the wedding red and the mourning white is SO PRETTY.
Fiance is not excited to see Shang. They fight.
They bump into her bier and rock it. They both immediately steady it. It sounds funny, and it is, but it's also lovely.
Shang is fighting desperately, but he's been shot full of arrows and stabbed several times by now. He's getting weaker.
He gets fiance backed into a corner. "Kill me," fiancee says. "No," says Shang. "I don't want you to follow us." By which he means, into death. Shang staggers over to her body.
Fiance offers doctors, but Shang declines. They just want to be left alone.
*swoons* SO PRETTY OMG