As a reward for saving the life of tyrannical Emperor Chin (the first man to unite China), mausoleum director Mong Tianfang is promoted to General. But his career takes a nosedive when has a forbidden affair with beautiful Dong Er, and they are both condemned to death. But Dong Er has thoughtfully stolen the eternal life pill, which court alchemists have been working on, pursuing the emperor's wish to live forever. Dong Er tongue-kisses Mong goodbye, and slips him the eternal life pill. However, Mong has chosen to become a terracotta warrior. This means he'll be covered in clay and baked alive, to stand guard at the emperor's mausoleum.
Then, it's the 1930s. Airheaded aspiring starlet Zhu Lili is pursuing the gangster/film producer Bai Yunfei to secure a lead role in his next picture. Lili discovers the terracotta warrior tomb, and Bai becomes interested in her, because his real purpose is to find the tomb and sell the treasures to the British Museum and, or course, become very rich as a result. But Lili's discovery has brought Mong back to life, and Mong is torn between pursuing Lili (whom he believes is Dong Er) and protecting the emperor against Bai and his tomb raiders.
Note : Believe it or not, this is a BRIEF and somewhat abridged description of the plot !