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- Jet Li

Overview - Zhang Yimou, the director of such Chinese epics as RED SORGHUM, RAISE THE RED LANTERN, JU DOU, and SHANGHAI TRIAD, takes his first stab at a period martial arts film and succeeds wildly, making an intelligent, carefully crafted drama that pays tribute to the genre while taking it to another level.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Zhang Yimou, the director of such Chinese epics as RED SORGHUM, RAISE THE RED LANTERN, JU DOU, and SHANGHAI TRIAD, takes his first stab at a period martial arts film and succeeds wildly, making an intelligent, carefully crafted drama that pays tribute to the genre while taking it to another level. The story is set 2,000 years ago, during the time of the Warring States, when seven kindgoms 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. However, once Nameless is finished, the king has some interesting questions for him, pointing out holes in his tale. The cat-and-mouse story continues as Nameless and the king seek to find out the truth about the assassins and the future of China. Zhang Yimou's marvelous film is enhanced by Christopher Doyle's lush photography, Tan Dunn's percussive score (with Itzhak Perlman adding violin and fiddle), exciting special effects from SHAOLIN SOCCER veteran Tony Ching Siu-Tung, and excellent acting.

Cast List

Zheng Tian Yong - Actor, HERO (2004)
Ziyi Zhang - Chinese actor, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, MEMOIRS OF A G
Zhang Ziyi - Chinese actor, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, MEMOIRS OF A G
Jet Li - Hong Kong Actor
Maggie Cheung - Hong Kong Actress
Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk - Hong Kong Actress
Yimou Zhang - Chinese Director/Director Of Photography
Zhang Yimou - Chinese Director/Director Of Photography
Tony Leung Ka Fai - HK actor, NOT to be confused with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Tony Leung Kar Fai - HK actor, NOT to be confused with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Tony Leung Kar Fai - HK actor, NOT to be confused with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Kar Fai Leung - HK actor, NOT to be confused with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Tony Ka Fai Leung - HK actor, NOT to be confused with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Tony Leung - HK actor, NOT to be confused with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Tan Dun - Hong Kong Film Composer, CROUCHING TIGER (2000)
Liu Zhong Yuan - Actor, HERO (2004)
Bill Kong - producer, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Chris Doyle - Stunt Coordinator, Star, began in '80s, ARMY OF DARKNESS
Christopher Doyle - Stunt Coordinator, Star, began in '80s, ARMY OF DARKNESS
Zhang Wei Pin - Executive Producer, HERO (2004)
Chen Dao Ming - Actor, HERO (2004)
Donnie Yen - Hong Kong actor
Siu-Tung Ching - Hong Kong Director;"Dr. Wai and the Scripture With No Words"
Xiaodong Cheng - Hong Kong Director;"Dr. Wai and the Scripture With No Words"
Siu-Tung Chin - Hong Kong Director;"Dr. Wai and the Scripture With No Words"
Tony Tung Yee Ching - Hong Kong Director;"Dr. Wai and the Scripture With No Words"
Tony Ching - Hong Kong Director;"Dr. Wai and the Scripture With No Words"
Tony Ching Siu Tung - Hong Kong Director;"Dr. Wai and the Scripture With No Words"
Siu Tung Ching - Hong Kong Director;"Dr. Wai and the Scripture With No Words"
Ching Siu Tung - Hong Kong Director;"Dr. Wai and the Scripture With No Words"
Itzhak Perlman - Violinist
Emi Wada - Costume Designer, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004)
Dou Shou Fang - Executive Producer, HERO (2004)

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398137566
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG13
  • Release Date: February 2014

Related Categories:
Movies > Foreign Films
Movies > Chinese/Mandarin

Related Keywords:
Martial Arts
Legends
Theatrical Release
Revenge
Chinese
Ancient Civilizations

 
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THEATRICAL RELEASE: AUGUST 20, 2004

Reviews:
"HERO is one of the most beautiful and involving films of the year." - 07/01/2004 Premiere, p.24


"The extravagant visual beauty of HERO is, in a way, its own reward....The cast is a parade of action stars in full charisma..." - 09/03/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.56


"Filled with meticulous set pieces, including a showdown between Snow and Moon set among swirls of golden-yellow leaves, HERO is easy on the eyes." - 08/27/2004 New York Times, p.E10


"HERO is a visual feast." - 09/03/2004 USA Today, p.10E


"Director Zhang Yimou packs this visual feast with fierce action and breathtaking beauty." - 09/30/2004 Rolling Stone, p.205


"HERO is dazzling....A visually sublime, thematically simple and universally appealing work of artÂ….A landmark piece of cinema." - 10/01/2004 Uncut, p.142


"HERO is beautiful and beguiling, a martial arts extravaganza defining the styles and lives of its fighters within Chinese tradition." - 08/27/2004 Chicago Sun-Times, p.29

 
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