All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
One man's strength will unite an empire.
One man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.
whooh onomatopoeia ; sound made by swinging swords, arms, legs, and all forms of sticks or poles ( with, or without metal appendages )in martial arts movies. Sometimes associated with arrows. Usually repeated at least 3 times. whooh whooh whooh
whowh onomatopoeia; sound made by magically flying protagonists and or antagonists, often found in the Wuxia sub-genre of martial arts films, as they hurl toward their enemy, often somersaulting during the approach. Often repeated at least twice, corresponding to the number of summersaults. whowh whowh
woah onomatopeoeia; sound made by audience when witnessing spectacular choreography and sumptuous cinematography often associated with the Wuxia sub-genre of martial arts films. Sometimes repeated twice, once for choreography, and then for cinematography. woah…
*Potential spoilers for the broad strokes of the plot. If you haven't seen this yet and are looking for a quick reason to check it out, it has some of the most beautiful photography outside of a Terrence Malick picture. If you like kung-fu movies and don't mind "wire-fu" then you'll probably like Hero.*
"A warrior's ultimate act is to lay down his sword."
Hero is a historical wuxia, or a king-fu period piece, but the battles between warriors stand in for a more important battle happening beneath the surface of the film. The fight scenes are highly choreographed and excessively stylized (a practice commonly referred to as "wire-fu"), and this gives them a mythical quality that indicates they may…
A Rashomonian wuxia made by the person who brought us the bright, crisp melancholy of Raise the Red Lantern, this film more or less could not fail. Though one of its themes, as far as I can follow them, seem to be about sacrifice for greater ideals in unsettling nationalistic terms, the more intriguing idea of a warrior who is unwilling to kill, this paradoxical philosophy of strength through unwielded power, overwhelms the downside. More so, though, the beautiful dance of blade, elements, and environment that this film is dominated by puts everything else to shame.
There are some who might sully this film with the qualifier that it's "cool." Those people are boorish fools. "Cool" is for pop-art and…
"All Under Heaven"
The imagery has to be seen to be believed,simply jaw dropping...It has spectacular fight sequences(especially the blue lake sequence being my favorite)..Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung(gorgeous as always) carry forward their magical chemistry..The score soars on all fronts..I know Jet Li is talented but he has a single expression the whole film...its a good film but i will prefer Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon over this for emotional heft.
If you liked Crouching Tiger you will like this one.
I'm not a fan of "wire-fu" (Len I'm stealing your term).
I can see the attraction, the genre being so beautifully choreographed and all, but the idea that one can just fly away before the sword comes down kinda takes away the point of fighting for me. Give me my good ole-fashioned samurai any day of the week over this.
This film has a fairly decent story though, so I'll give it credit for that. And seeing Tony Leung die a million times was pretty cool. I may watch this again when in need of a drinking game.
I realize I'm being quite flippant about the film, but as beautiful as it was it just wasn't my bag.
A Man with no name approaches the throne of the emperor of the great Qin Dynasty. He comes with nothing but the weapons of the three most powerful assassins and warriors in the realm, all of whom have all vowed to kill him: a spear belonging to Long Sky, and two complementary swords belonging to the two lovers Flying Snow and Broken Sword. Nameless claims to have defeated all three of them, ensuring safety for the Emperor. Under scrutiny, he spins two stories before actually explaining his true intent.
In the first explanation, the story vilifies the three assassins, engulfing each scene with red- red gowns, red walls, red curtains.…
Watched with Film Weekenders at the Moroccos' house.
I'm honestly surprised that something that lays it on so thick on the propaganda excusing an autocratic regime is as widely loved as it is.
I didn't think I'd ever say this, but I prefer his movies when they're pretty pictures with nothing underneath; and even the pretty part is subjective, it felt like looking at a home decor brochure with a succession of various colour schemes, there was definitely a lot of skill involved but it was all a bit hollow.
Best Chinese film ever made? It wouldn't be fair of me to say something like that--I can't forget about Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love, after all--but I will say that this is by far the best film about the Chinese value system.
Lush and luscious.
A Visual Poem of Extraordinary Beauty
The film narrative of Hero, which comprises five major “acts” or sections, encompasses four principal stories that are dramatically depicted as told (with corresponding color-codings) by Nameless, King Ying Zheng, and Broken Sword.
A film like "Hero" demonstrates how the martial arts genre transcends action and violence and moves into poetry, ballet and philosophy. It is violent only incidentally. What matters is not the manner of death, but the manner of dying: In a society that takes a Zen approach to swordplay and death, one might win by losing. There is an ancient martial arts strategy in which one lures the opponent closer to throw him off balance, and yields to his thrusts in order to mislead him. This strategy works with words as well as swords. One might even defeat an opponent by dying -- not in the act of killing him, but as a move in a larger game.
Watching a film like Hero leaves a lot of frustration. Not towards the movie though, but towards the cinematic education most of us westerner have received. Being spoiled by the blockbusters of today, a film like Hero has more difficulty to keep your full attention. Which is frustrating because Hero is a beautiful film, not only in its visuals but also in its narrative structure.
the cinematography was breathtaking but i kept falling asleep that my ugly ass teacher had to wake me up several times but maybe it's simply because i watched it after lunch
What a piece of art! Hero is a thrill to witness. Each onscreen image could be hung up as a painting. The choreography was unsurprisingly on point as was the mythical narrative that was carried out. My one problem was the constant changing of the story. While this has one of the best uses of "the unreliable narrator" there came a point where enough was enough with the story changing depending upon who was telling it. It may have just been the mood I was in while watching this, but I don't think so as looking back I'm still kind of annoyed by it. This really is a minor thing though as the story more than makes up for that…
Film #14 of the "September 2015 Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #30: A film featuring a cop who is a samurai (or just a plain old samurai)
I know that this is a Chinese film, and samurai are part of Japanese culture, but I couldn't think of any Samurai films I haven't already seen that I want to see, and Hero has been on my watchlist for a while, so I'm using it for this category.
I'm not very educated in Chinese film or culture, so forgive me if I'm a little perplexed by all of the cultural nuances found in this film, namely the gravity defying action sequences and the elemental emphasis in each of the gorgeous settings…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…