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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Artsy and convoulted, but still rather cool. Feb. 11 2007
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 assasins to the Emperor of one of the early chinese kingdoms. The movie is a game between Nameless and the emperor, as Nameless tells his story, and then the Emperor extrapolates what really happened, this goes back and forth until it is revealed that Nameless is actually there to kill the emperor. 99 percent of the movie is flashbacks.

The Good: the fu was pretty top notch. Having just watched Iron Monkey though, I have to say it wasn't the best. What was interesting is that most of the fighting was weapon based, which was a nice twist to the usual hands and feet combats in most Wuxia. The plot was an interesting one that kept you guessing. The way that everyone wore a different outfit in each flashback depending on who was telling the events was very well done.

The Bad: The presentation I just didn't like. It was overly artsy. I was a cool concept to have one story told, then another, then the true story, but I think I would have rather just watched what really happened the first time through. There was a fight on water (that supposedly just happened in two of the characters minds, I told ya it was a bit artsy), that was just too over the top. It was so unrealistic that it was just dumb.

The Ugly: this was just a bit too convoluted. You end up watching the same fight 3 times or so with different twists each time. Some of the character interactions become blurred (were the assasins really in love with each other, or was that just part of the 'tale' made up).

Overall: a pretty cool movie. A unique story telling style. Good Fu. Just not the best modern Wuxia I have seen. I liked it, but I like others moreso.
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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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