All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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…
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.
I do like movies where the characters leap and glide around in an over the top and unrealistic manner. Imagine if we could do that in real life, how cool would it make the game of basketball? It'd be like playing NBA Jam for real, and I fucking love NBA Jam.
Barring the slightly convoluted plot, I had fun with Hero mainly due to the glorious visuals, fight sequences and all-star cast that includes the great duo of Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang and Jet Li's bad skin. I really wasn't a huge fan of the story; while in theory it's interesting, it made me think a bit of Rashomon and it kind of had the reverse effect…
RIP Roger Ebert, the greatest.
At last, a film extolling the virtues of a brutal, oppressive regime! I haven't seen one of those since Triumph of the Will. Do you know what that smell is? I'm not sure, but I think it might be fascism!
Jet Li, exhibiting all the expressiveness of a Botoxed cyborg, is a minor government official who wins an audience with the king after crushing the state's three most notorious dissenters. But all may not be what it seems, prompting much Rashomon-ish remembrance, each vignette given a striking colour scheme and a directorial style all its own.
Yimou's first martial arts movie is big on spectacle, with a cast of thousands, and its epic sweep…
The aim in the action sequences here isn't to excite but to move emotionally, and the pure visual poetry of these sequences (and the entire movie, really) is hard to argue with. I wish the backbone of the thing were more than just a simple parable about unity and peace vs revenge and justice, but I actually kind of like the relative simplicity of the plot as compared to most other wuxia movies I've seen.
How fucking awesome are Donnie Yen and Tony Leung, seriously.
The genre of arthouse action is not something I've had the pleasure of experiencing in abundance. Hero is my first real step into that region. I've seen Drive, which is phenomenal, but Hero certainly takes a much more artistic view. Everything from the colors to the choreography is just superb. It's a joy to watch and it's just perfect eye candy.
The story doesn't lack as much as I thought it would. It follows an interesting narrative structure, and seeing a different origin story for an entire country is pretty cool, especially the way it's told here. It ultimately does a very good job at sucking you into its characters, as I completely forgot that this was a China-origin story basically the whole time. In short, it's engaging, interesting, beautifully shot, beautifully executed, and it's overall a lot of fun.
Is arthouse action even a thing? I guess it is to me, now.
I get that the plot and message of Hero are flimsy and problematic.
But it's so unceasingly beautiful that I can't bring myself to look at it negatively.
Bless Christopher Doyle and all hail Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung.
Whatever commie agenda mainland China might had when approving this movie, the fantastic direction from Yimou and the cast turn this into a solid wuxia affair.
A master class in the use of colour.
Splitting hairs over 9000
serviceable film that caters to a specific kind of action, though it marks a decline in Yimou's work
Okay, yes, there's wuxia stuff here. The former 22-year-old in me rejoices. But, I like to look at this film as an extension of the Wong Kar-Wai romance between Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung. It makes the tragedy here that much richer and deeper.
A beautiful ballet, a tale of revenge, a tragic love story and ultimately a story of sacrificing yourself and your beliefs for the greater good. With Christopher Doyle's artful cinematography the film resembles the four seasons with it's ever changing colour scheme. It truly is a feast for the eyes.
The story is fairly convoluted in my opinion, the Rashomon like structure seemingly over complicating things a little and it doesn't quiet emotionally engage in the way Crouching Tiger did for me but the beautiful balletic choreography ranks as some of the best I've seen and all the actors are on form, Tony Leung Chiu Wai for me is one of Asia's all time top actors in my opinion.
I could watch this poetic movie unfold gracefully over and over again.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Pan's Labyrinth
- Linda Linda Linda
- The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
- Donnie Darko