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Hero [Import]

Jet Li , Tony Chiu Wai Leung , Yimou Zhang    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Canary
I almost didn't watch this film because it said Quentin Tarentino Presents, and I thought that meant "lots of gore," and I'm just not interested in gory stories. But this film was made without QT's input - he lent his name to help publicize Hero, a Chinese-made epic film. And although there are lots of martial arts sword fights, everything is -- don't be scared off by this -- poetically portrayed with simple dialog and deep feeling. Despite all the fighting, there aren't a lot of huge blood spurts and cruel closeups, but there is a memorable love story and a great historical perspective. The violence exists to serve a point -- revealed late in the film. There are some scenes in this movie that will stay with me forever, such as the battles above a still lake and in a forest of yellow leaves. The film, like the also gorgeous Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, deserves all the publicity it can get.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, artful Dec 1 2004
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This is an outstanding film. The cinematography is certainly some of the finest I have ever seen - smooth, colourful and elegant. The story is moving, passionate and artful, loaded with metaphor. Story and character had an eloquent balance that kept me fully enganged right to the end. A complete work of art and in my top ten.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fight of a hero May 16 2010
In recent years, Zhang Yimou has been creating some truly epic movies -- expansive, lushly opulent action films with a heavy dose of tragedy and romance. And before he even created "House of Flying Daggers," Yimou created "Hero" -- visually rich, stunningly action-packed, and beautifully made, "Hero" is a unique film that takes the soul and senses on a rollercoaster ride.

Ancient China (third century B.C.) was divided into seven kingdoms, and the most powerful lord was the King of Qin (Chen Dao Ming). He wants to unite China under his own rule. But he lives in fear of his life, most particularly from a trio of deadly assassins: "Broken Sword", "Flying Snow" and "Long Sky" (Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Donnie Yen respectively). And lest they get close to him, everyone is kept at a far distance and the King is surrounded by armed guards.

Then a man called Nameless (Jet Li) arrives, announcing that he has somehow killed them, and is actually permitted to sit within a certain distance of the King. How could he have killed three incredibly powerful warriors? Not just by his impressive martial arts skills, but through his cunning as well. He uses sexual divisions and jealousy, calligraphy (yes, calligraphy), and his wits to defeat all three assassins in turn.

But the king is not convinced that Nameless is telling the whole truth, and concocts a version of his own that also explains Nameless' actions and choices. A game of wits starts to form between the mysterious warrior and the wily king. What is the truth behind the hero's story?

Despite having been released much later, "Hero" was apparently the first of Yimou's wuxia action movies -- and while it doesn't cover much new ground in the fantasy martial arts area, it's a magnificent and awe-inspiring film.
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Hero is a beautiful work of art, a visual feast for the senses featuring a powerful, complex storyline and some of the most exquisite swordplay I've ever seen. Western filmmakers can never hope to rival the all-encompassing quality of a film like this because, to the West, martial arts are all about action, fighting, and violence. I'm no martial arts expert - not even close - but I do know that the true martial artist is, as the name says, an artist, one who uses his limbs and entire body as unconscious extensions of a mind that has become one with the life inside and around him; it is much more of a mental than a physical endeavor. And, as impressive as any particular fight scene may be, it is only secondary to whatever powerful forces lead up to it.

I see no reason why Western audiences would not be enthused by this movie; the story is built on many intriguing layers, but the basic plot is seemingly easy to understand. Jet Li plays a nameless warrior who comes to the court of the king (Daoming Chen) of the Quin province to present him with the swords of his greatest enemies, the assassins Sky (Donnie Yen), Broken Sword (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), and Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung). Quin is the largest and most powerful of the Six Kingdoms, and the king's dreams of unification have been stymied for years because of the dangers posed by these deadly assassins. The nameless hero is the first person granted the right to come closer than 100 paces from the king in the last three years. It is odd that the knowledgeable king knew nothing of this minor official turned hero before now, so he is most interested in hearing how the nameless warrior dispatched the three most deadly fighters in all the land.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous film Dec 26 2013
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This i s a spectacular film! Coming as it did after Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, expectations were very high in North AmericaFa, and having Quentin Tarantino "bring" it to the West couldn't have hurt. The acting is as cultured and exacting as the action scenes, and the fact that the story is from China's history is of great value. The directing is brilliant, the color (of both the story and the film) striking, and the script makes even the very-hard-to-believe acceptable and right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars De la poésie visuelle.
J'avais perdu mon premier DVD et j'ai du racheter celui-ci. Toujours aussi bon.

Fantastic movie with beautiful images of the four seasons.
Published 9 months ago by Yves Langlois
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable film, and definitely a high class piece of...
A thoroughly enjoyable film, and definitely a high class piece of work. Along the lines of Crouching Tiger, Curse of the Golden Flower, The Banquet (Legend of the Black Scorpion),... Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2009 by B. Armitage
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning movie!
This movie is such a pleasure for the eyes to watch. The cinematography, the pace, the colors, the beautiful language just captivated me. Read more
Published on March 9 2008 by Aeneas
3.0 out of 5 stars Artsy and convoulted, but still rather cool.
Another Wuxia style movie brought over here after the sucess of Crouching Tiger.

Summary: a prefect from a small village (Nameless) tells the story of how he killed 3... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2007 by Maurice G. Tousignant
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
This is the most beautiful, artistic "action" movie of the year. Poetry in motion. Totalitarinism never looked so good.
Published on Dec 2 2004 by Tim Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Movie Making
You either hate or love this movie. I loved it! I think its even better than Crouching Tiger. It is simply sheer visual poetry. There are some stunning fight scenes. Read more
Published on June 15 2003 by Dunstan
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