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.