This is a wonderful surreal scene from the movie Hero. The young apprentice Moon tries to avenge the death of her master by challenging Flying Snow to mortal combat. The choreography of this fight scene is terrific as the ladies leap amid the cascading autumn leaves.
Hero is a wonderful historic tale set in ancient China. It is crafted with fantasy to bring these fabulous majestic combat scenes. The work that goes into it all provides for smashing escapism.
A district prefect (policeman) comes before the mighty emperor to tell a tale of how he defeats the ancient nations most notorious enemies. With each story, the prefect is bestowed honour and allowed to move his table a little closer to the emperor's throne. Gradually the table, where the prefect sits get closer with each captivating tale.
As each tale is told we see the endeavour unfold. Then the emperor relates the tale from his perspective and we see the same tale with a twisted and different presentation. The whole movie is an absolute masterpiece. Brilliant from beginning to end.