Hero

  • 12
  • Zhang Yimou (2002)
  • HK / Chi / US (SUB)
  • 95 min
Hero
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

Chinese master Zhang Yimou's first foray into wuxia (swordplay martial arts) will inevitably invite comparisons with Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but Hero could be judged as superior on a number of levels. In a series of Rashomon-style flashbacks, Zhang tells the tale of a nameless warrior (Jet Li) who has apparently risked all to slay a group of assassins intent on killing a powerful warlord. But, while the story is diverting, it's the visuals that dazzle, with each sequence seemingly surpassing the last, both in inventiveness and beauty. Highlights include a battle in a rain-drenched chess arena and another in an autumnal forest, while the pièce de résistance is an astounding midair swordfight conducted above a crystal lake. Christopher Doyle's gorgeous, colour-saturated cinematography complements the gripping tale, though western viewers may be surprised at the film's ultimate theme: a defence of totalitarianism against the chaos and insecurity of freedom.

Plot Summary

Martial arts fantasy starring Jet Li. A Chinese warrior arrives at the palace of the mighty ruler of Qin to relate how he has slain three would-be assassins - but all may not be as it seems.

Cast and crew

Cast

Nameless
Jet Li
Broken Sword
Tony Leung (2)
Flying Snow
Maggie Cheung
Moon
Zhang Ziyi
King
Chen Dao Ming
Sky
Donnie Yen

Crew

Director
Zhang Yimou

Other Information

Language: 
Mandarin +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 24 Sep 2004
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Categories
Drama

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