EXT. – Corn field
Yellow corn is swaying in the breeze, soon the clang of metal on metal begins to fade in.
A peasant is fighting two men, and is winning the fight. There are possibly other people on the ground hurt.
With your lives, I will undo the injustice you have done to me.
During the fight, he yells out the names of stances.
The two men, clothed identically, grunt as they receive physical punishment.
LS of battle, and our Hero walks into the frame, and watches the fight for a brief moment.
Stop assaulting these defenseless men, you cur!
This is our fight, keep out! Get the hell out of here!
The hero joins in the battle, defending the two men who are losing the fight.
MORE FIGHT SCENE
The Hero manages to get the peasant in a disadvantaged position, allowing one of the two men, who have been nursing their wounds in the background, to kill him. As he is dying, he whispers…
Xiang Huan…. Xiang Huan…
The fight is over, and all the men rest in a momentary silence. Then…
Thank you for your help. We wouldn’t have survived without you.
Your skills with a sword are very impressive. I’ve only seen them equaled
By one man.
(sullen, quiet) And who would that be?
Our magistrate. He is a master swordsman – I’m sure he would be
Impressed with your abilities. Why did you help us?
Whenever I see those in a disadvantaged position, I try to help them.
I admire you. Maybe we’ll meet again.
The two men, helping a third off the ground, limp out of the frame.
Our hero inspects the body and robs him of a precious object – his pendant.
Our hero leaves, and walks down a long road. Along his journey he spies a young fair concubine, gathering water (Yellow Earth ripoff). He approaches her. There is music and they are swirling around each other, falling in love.
The hero leans in to kiss her.
(Turning away) I’m sorry.
CUT TO Warlord – hiding behind a tree, sees them almost kiss.
I’m sorry, but I am a Concubine. (pauses)
A warlord killed my family and took me to be his concubine…only my father escaped.
He is coming to free
me from my sorrow.
Come with me, I will love you unlike any other man.
He playfully follows her, and they fall in love.
Along the way, the Warlord sees him following his concubine and becomes angry. He approaches the hero.
(yells) What are you doing?!
What business is it of yours?
MINI FIGHT SCENE
Your skills are formidable.
You too are no novice to the sword.
Let’s see if your mental abilities are as swift.
Meet me at my castle tonight.
CUT TO Warlord’s castle – drunken henchmen, hilarity ensues
INT. CUT TO ROOM IN CASTLE
The two men sit at a few chairs. The concubine enters with a tray of tea. As she leans in to put the tray on the table in front of them the warlord brushes her cheek. She shies away and glances at the hero. As she flinches she spills a bit of tea on the table.
Clearly you are fond of Concubine 12. Do you play Go?
(A henchmen brings in a board and sets it between them)
I’m myself am quite fond of it. If you can beat me, (touches Concubine 12) anything I own is yours.
The concubine sits in middle of the two men, next to the Go board.
The warlord gestures to the board.
Make your move.
They begin to play. It is a battle of wits, inter-cut with a fight scene in autumn trees.
Eventually the hero makes his winning, but the Warlord deceitfully attempts to stab him, taking his dagger out from beneath the table.
The concubine suddenly saves his life by stabbing him in the neck with something. The hero and the concubine immediately embrace.
CUT TO Roof of the castle.
Now that we have defeated the warlord, I am freed of my bondage.
Will you remain within these walls?
No, this castle holds too many bitter memories. If only I could find my father (pause) I will follow you on your travels, for I have no home...
CUT TO the two of them looking into the distance.
…however, my heart has finally found a home.
They lean in to kiss, and the pendant our Hero took from the peasant falls out of his shirt. He leans to pick it up, but she reaches quickly.
Where did you get this? My father had one exactly like it!
CUT TO Hero flashing back to killing her father. Her father lays on the ground, whispering her real Chinese name with his dying breaths.
What is your real name?
Realizing that he has murdered her father, and is stricken with guilt. He leaves hastily, to her dismay.
CUT TO final shot of the hero, a silhouette, walking off into the distance, alone, much as he entered