This is how I would introduce a newcomer to foreign classics, from most accessible to least accessible. I'm still a…
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.
Zhang Yimou makes veeeeery pretty movies.
i was kinda fascinated watching it now for the first time in probably 10 years and with a larger familiarity with chinese cinema by how this movie echoed some of its actors other works (the Donnie/Li fight from Once Upon a Time in China 2, Zhang Yiyi's unrequited love for Tony leung in 2046, obviously Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung).
There's probably something to be written about Hero apparently marking the point where Yimou's movies make a turn into weirdly distant and increasingly nonsensical melodrama and vaguely troubling nationalism but having seen like 5 of the dude's movies I'm really not the one to do it. And beside, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung are good enough to sell the melodrama and make it affecting unlike the 3 leads in House of Flying Daggers. And like, its so pretty guys, so pretty.
Honestly? Besides the cinematography nothing really stood out to me.
Remember, in two months we're going to be invested in a private industry award show that didn't nominate this for best cinematography. Let that sink in...
Awful shame about the part where Leung essentially says Qin is right to be a tyrant because he's trying to unify China at the expense of the greater good but UGGGGGGGGGH THOSE COLORS. This movie is beautiful to look at and the fight scenes are amazing and it was therapeutic to watch.
If I had to live in any scene in a movie, it would be the fight among the falling leaves. Provided there was an ample library just off frame of course.
Delight to eyes and the heart.
I would like this movie more, if there weren't so much communist propaganda. No warrior whose country had been conquered would be thankful that at least there won't be any more wars. Which isn't even remotely true.
Such a powerful movie, it sucks me right in and I am left trying to decide if Nameless completed his mission, or changed his mind to respect the sacrifice of Broken sword.
It is beautiful to watch, the humor is perfectly applied, and the soundtrack has a permanent home in my music collection.
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