The film is set during the era of the Han Dynasty. Huo An (Chan), a hun, serves as a commander of the Protection Squad of the Western Regions of the Han Dynasty. They are tasked by the emperor to maintain stability between the warring 36 nations in the Silk Road region. Huo An and his subordinates are framed for smuggling gold and are sent to the Wild Geese Gate, a frontier town of the Han Dynasty and undergo forced labor. At the frontier town the many nations and people that represented labor force were distrustful and did not assist each other in the completion of the restoration of the Wild Geese Gate. Meanwhile, in the west a Roman general named Lucius (Cusack) flees with his legion to the east. He smuggles Publius (Waite), heir of the Roman consul for the Parthian Empire to save him from death and a ploy by his older brother, Tiberius (Brody), who schemes to takeover the position as heir to the Consul seat for himself. Lucius arrives at outskirt of the Wild Geese Gate, with plans to assault the frontier town with his legion. Their aim was to find a place for the legions to rest. In anticipation of the confrontation, Hou An takes the armor plate and sword of the previous commanding officer of the Wild Geese Gate and goes out to meet Lucius. Lucuis and Hou battle in an evenly matched sword play. Before the match ends with a clear winner, a sandstorm approaches threatening the romans and all others who are outside of the city walls. Huo realizing this, plus seeing Publius in a very dire state, reluctantly offers to allow the romans refuge. During their stay, Lucius, after admiring the sword of the previous commanding officer of the Wild Geese Gate, tells Huo the plight of Publius and his legions. The next day, the current commanding officer of the Wild Geese Gate receives a royal edict to complete the restoration work of the fortress within 15 days. The commanding offers deems this to be impossible and pleads Huo An to enlist more men from China to help with the construction efforts. Huo An instead asks the legionnaires for their expertise and assistance to complete the task. In line with Huo An’s mentor, the previous commanding offer, the reconstruction effort got all different people and nations to work together as one and a peace is achieved in what was a chaotic, and separated city. Because of the success of the reconstrucition and a general feeling of brotherhood the young Publius appoints Huo as a First Centurion, presenting him with a Roman gladius. During this time Tiberius (Brody) and his army, who have pursued Lucius along the Silk Road, approaches the Wild Geese Gate. Huo An then informs Lucius he will go to his allies to recruit an army from his long lost friend to fight against Tiberius, but is ultimately betrayed by one of his surbodinates and delayed, while Lucius is imprisoned and tortured. Huo manages to escape, but his wife is killed protecting one of her escaping students. Help arrives in the form of a group of tribal warriors whom Huo previously encountered. Huo learns about Lucius’s fate and attempts to rescue Lucius by pretending to surrender to Tiberius. He finds Lucius, whom Tiberius has blinded in spite, and Lucius entrusts his legion to Hou An shortly before pleading Hou An to end his misery in which reluctantly does so. A climatic battle ensures with Tiberius’s Army and Huo An’s allies. Huo An’s army and allies were almost completely defeated before a Parthian Army arrives to the field. They accues Tiberius of murdering his father and blinding the rightful heir to the throne. Huo An and Tiberius engages in one last epic mano-a-mano battle. Tiberius then stabbed himself after losing and in his dying breath silently sings the Roman Legion anthem.
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