Movies that are slightly off.
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…
Film #19 of 30 in my March Around The World | 2016 Challenge
In this beautifully choreographed and fanciful epic tale of ancient China, writer-director Zhang Yimou replicates the artistry of Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), but with a higher profile cast and double the production budget, perhaps to show that the PRC will not be outdone by the ROC when it comes to martial arts blockbusters.
The main character here is a master swordsman and provincial prefect referred to as Nameless, as portrayed by international superstar Jet Li. He's joined on screen by two Hong Kong cinema stalwarts: Tony Chiu Wai Leung as the assassin Broken Sword and Maggie Cheung as his mistress and accomplice…
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.…
"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.
“Your story sounds logical, but you have underestimated one person.”
Hero is a martial arts movie about peace, as contradictory as that may sound. Directed by Zhang Yimou, it stars Jet Li as the nameless protagonist and is based on true Chinese history—specifically, Jing Ke’s assassination attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC. The visuals are vibrant but my favorite part is the story which takes the unexpected route.
Much has been said about Hero's cinematography and use of color. In fact, the reason I watched this film is because of its inclusion on Cinefix's Most Beautiful Films video. But is Hero more than just eye candy?
Yes, albeit it is uneven.
All the performances in this stellar cast including Jet Li, Ziyi Zhang, Tony Leung, and Donnie Yen, are well acted. There is no real stand out or great performance, but they all do their jobs.
In a martial arts film, the action is very important, and while I do think the fight scenes are well choreographed and shot, they don't wow me like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's or Legend of the Drunken Master's.
As mentioned before, the…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
So it was with a very matter-of fact that my friend told me, "it's like a better version of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." That was the expectation I sat down with. And the movie doesn't disappoint.
The story is about a nameless man who comes to tell the Qin King about his great deeds, namely, killing three assassins who were after the King with guile and swordsmanship. The man relates the story with panache, and the King is quite impressed. But something in the man's story tells the King that it's not totally true, and the King counters with his own version of events. The nameless man concurs with the King, but then reveals one final detail which the King…
Jaw-droppingly beautiful colors and images, a poetic and sorrowful message, and astoundingly excellent martial arts sequences. You cannot go wrong by giving this one a watch.
A visually spectacular film filled with brilliant action scenes and just enough story to give it some depth. Every single frame of Hero looks indescribably beautiful with lush colours and breathtaking scenery. The film tells of a Rashomon type story with one tale told 3 times and each with a designated colour scheme. The colour scheme has no thematic depth but it does make the sequences incredibly pretty. The sword fight are plentiful, well choreographed and well shot. The film is richly textured in Chinese culture and I found quite a lot of it actually informative. Hero is a beautiful film with endlessly enjoyable fight scenes and a brilliant visual style even if it often remains style over substance.
Indeed about China's great emperor Qin assassination issue
desperately interested me to watch Zhang Yimou's this visually stunning one. Hero lavishly beautiful, furious and thrilling to see. Provocative performance from all character and memorable DP of Christopher Doyle.
This was great to look at and visually it is spectacular but I found the story to drag and fairly wank.
Visually stunning and exquisitely choreographed, Hero is an action film told through flashbacks, it's almost like if Rashomon were a martial-arts movie.
The cinematography is beautiful, particularly the use of color, with each section of the story having it's own color. The fight scenes themselves are a work of art, with incredibly swordplay as well as some gravity-defying (albeit ludicrous at times) wire-fu.
The story itself has some twists and turns but the whole film felt like fight scene after fight scene with some morals and eastern philosophy thrown into the mix. Constant action can work (i.e. Fury Road) but this became a tad repetitive. The ending however, is quite unexpected. The performances aren't really anything special with the exception of Tony Leung Chiu-Wai's performance as Broken Sword.
Overall, Hero is an entertaining and pretty martial-arts film, 'nuff said.
7.0 (out of 10)
This is one of Yimou Zhang's finest films and a complete masterpiece. Its about an attempt to assassinate the emperor of China during the xin dynasty. It tells the story through three different and one scenario of what the emperor thought what really happened.
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