All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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.
Film #20 of the "Scavenger Hunt 2" Challenge!
Task #26 : A film from the wuxia genre!
The fight scenes were as visually stunning as they were superbly choreographed! Literally a martial arts ballet where stylistic violence translates into pure poetry on the big screen!
While our nameless hero recounts his tale of defeating his first assassin the rain ceased being an element of nature and became one of the films most formidable stars!
When our hero recounts his tale of defeating the last two assassins arrows take center stage, soaring gracefully through the air till it meets its destiny within soft meaty flesh!
Colors play a huge part in depicting mood, emotion and tone of the…
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.
This is pretty much the definition of hating the message but loving the delivery.
The kind of film that is so fascinatingly confident that it actually commits to being bad early on, when it structurally makes sense. Glad I went in blind, because it unfolds rather beautifully, every reveal opening up a deeper iteration of events. Whiffs a bit on the very end, but other than that it's pretty wonderful.
A very nicely drawn and beautiful Chinese movie starring Jet Li about an assassination attempt by an unknown warrior. Some of the scenes are extremely well shot and put together, but the film doesn't flow brilliantly and I was left rather empty. I don't know, it was met with critical acclaim, I just didn't really enjoy that much...
beautiful use of color, a brilliant score, and terrific choreography are highlights. violence becomes poetic. the fight over the lake is amazing.
Hero is probably one of the most colorful movies I've seen. That's not exactly a surprising analysis from yours truly, it's what everybody talks about first. But that's only because it is so beautiful and it lends such strength to the storytelling and mood of the film.
The characters here are decidedly simple, though that isn't to say that they don't undergo changes or have interesting interactions. It's just that they serve more of a story purpose, and that story's mythic quality means that they're more archetypes than complex creatures. That's fine, though, because the movie is more concerned with ideas of nationalism and pride than it is with creating fully formed characters.
And then those archetypes fight and engage…
Broken Sword also said, "One person's pain is nothing when compared to the suffering of all."
This sentiment is a common one wherever you find humans living with other humans. Whole philosophies have sprouted from this singular idea. Hero is a film which explores how this idea manifests itself in the creation of what China is, as a country, today. With a complex structure and shifting perspectives, we see both sides of each argument. At first, the viewer may not have much sympathy for the idea of the nation before the person because the story starts out so personal. But, that perspective is necessary for the film to move forward with it's argument that it is better to make the…
Honor is a concept this kind of films take very seriously, but "Hero" makes an epic interpretation of what i'm saying. The scenes, the characters, cinematography, everything will remain in your memory while the leaves fall.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Some of the greatest camerawork of all-time, in my opinion.