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Hero (DVD)

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Set 2,000 years ago, during the time of the Warring States, when seven kingdoms were battling for dominance, and one leader--the king of Qin (Chen Dao...

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Excellent

Probeautifully shot, performed, presented. A sublime ...

Consthe way the story is told may confuse

Those who are big fans of world filmmaking instead of that of just Hollywood; with its predictable rom-coms, heavy handed dramas and ‘scary’ teen flicks, and of course let’s not forget our very own, British film industry to which the majority of projects fall into three categories: James Bond;...

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“Hero”

published 03/09/2004

ProVisual feast, excellent cast, unique narrative sty...

ConsFights go on too long, lack of depth.

Is there any way that I can review Hero without comparing it to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Probably not, so we'll get it out of the way early. I wasn't a fan of that film at all, and was frankly amazed at the success it enjoyed. It deserves recognition on a technical level, and...

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“My hero”

published 28/09/2004

ProGreat cast, beautiful cinematography

ConsIt's taken two years to come out over here

In pre-unified china two thousand years ago, the emperor of the largest of seven kingdoms forbids anyone to come within a hundred paces of him, through fear of assassination. But when a nameless sheriff claims to have killed his three most dangerous enemies, he is allowed within close proximity...

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Super

ProEngrossing, stunning in parts - visual elements, c...

ConsPlot a bit unclear, dubbed English

- Story - In ancient (what is now regarded as) China, a defense officer who is literally known as nameless (being an unknown), is made to face the King of the Qin region, to answer in relation to his reputation for having ruthlessly assassinated three determined warriors. He is on a mission to...

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Excellent

“How swift thy sword”

published 12/08/2007

ProBeautiful locations, wonderful acting

ConsFight scenes a little too long

I have always been a fan of foreign language films; they nearly always seem to be able to portray the subtlest of romances without being brash, they are humorous without being corny, they portray repressed sadness with just a few heartrending words – so I generally jump at the chance to see a new...

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Review of Hero, available to buy at play.com for £4.99 Stars: Jet Li, Tony leung Chiu Wai, Maggie cheung, Ziyi Zhang, Donnie Yen. Runtime: 96 MINS Released: 2002 Director: Yimou Zhang (other films by this director inc: Curse of the golden flower, House Of Flying Daggers.) Writer: Feng Li, Bin...

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Excellent

“Breath-taking Must-see”

published 24/11/2004

ProBreath-taking images, arty play on colours, poetic...

ConsThere's a twist at the end, but predictable from t...

A traditional Chinese epic. Sword fights and martial arts combined with beautiful imagery, and a twisty plot. The cast is a Hong Kong film addict's dream with Tony Yeung, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, and others. Large budget film with great CGI (computer graphic imagery). The traditional Chinese...

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Super

ProThe amazing choregraphy, the use of colour

ConsThe romance can get a bit boring

Hero is director Zhang Yimou's first attempt at martial arts after several dramas and other genres of film, and since this he has also made House of Flying Daggers, which is supposed to be even better than this amazing film (I haven't seen it yet but I can't wait). Hero cost $30million to make...

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Super

ProGreat Story, Beautiful Cinematography, Great Actin...

ConsMaybe too similar to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon...

Jet Li seems to have limited success in Hollywood. The box office records might suggest that he is doing well but anyone who has seen any of his Hollywood films would probably tell you that they are mostly crap. Cue ‘The One’. As I have always said, if you want to see Li at his...

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“I Need a Hero”

published 10/02/2005

ProBeautifully choreographed fight scenes, twist in t...

ConsA little long winded

As a big fan of Martial Arts films (and Jet Li in particular) I was looking forward to the release of Hero in British cinemas in late 2004. The film is directed by Yimou Zhang (House of Flying Daggers) and stars Jet-Li (The One, Romeo Must Die) and is shown mainly as a series of flashbacks. An...

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Super

“I could be your hero baby!!”

published 30/01/2005

Proone of the most beautiful films ever made

Consthe comparison to crouching tiger. lack of depth o...

Ying xiong (Hero) Boy, how Chinese martial arts film have changed over the last 30 years. Gone are the old skool Shaw Brothers: Shaw Scope movies. Rare are the old Golden Harvest Production flicks that have entertained us over the past 3 decades. Rarer still are the old tried and tested formula...

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Excellent

ProJet Li at his best, supporting cast, story, martia...

Conspeople may not like subtitles(can watch dubbed i s...

ANOTHER STRAIGHTFORWARD NO BULLSH*T REVIEW Breathtaking...as corny as that sounds it's the first thing that comes to mind when i think about this film!!! The film is set in ancient China when the country was still split - into six kingdoms - and focuses on the kingdom of Qin, it's king and his...

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Excellent

“ Everybody needs a hero”

published 26/09/2004

Prostunning cinematography, beautifully choreographed...

ConsI couldn't find any

Based on actual events in ancient Chinese history, Hero tells the story of a warrior without a name (Jet-Li) who claims to have killed three assassins: Broken Sword, Flying Snow and Long Sky in order to protect the King of Qin (Daoming Chen), who will become the future Chinese emperor and who...

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Excellent

“The Story of a Chinese Hero”

published 13/05/2003

Prospectacular action and cinematography, complex and...

Conshard to follow at times, quite similar to crouchin...

Many martial artists are now involved in film-making in America, working on high-budget projects with awesome special effects and ropework. However, many feel that the best martial arts films are those made in Hong Kong and China, without the mainstream influence of Hollywood. These films retain...

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Excellent

“Best kung-fu movie ever?”

published 09/11/2004

ProBeautifully shot, great martial arts

ConsMaybe too much martial arts for some

Hero's director Zhang Yimou is one of the most highly regarded Chinese directors of recent years. Known for his moving and heart-felt films about the state of Modern China, it seems strange that he chose to turn his hand to a martial arts film. But lucky for us he did.... Hero features a cast of...

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Set 2,000 years ago, during the time of the Warring States, when seven kingdoms were battling for dominance, and one leader--the king of Qin (Chen Dao Ming)--was determined to end up victorious and unite all of China as one nation. The proud king is forced to live trapped alone in his palace as a remarkable trio of villains--Broken Sword (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk), and Sky (Donnie Yen)--are out to kill him. But one day a simple country prefect (Jet Li) shows up, announcing that he has killed all three assassins. Identifying himself as Nameless, the prefect tells in great detail how he got rid of the king's sworn enemies.

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