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.
Nota = 4,5
Breathtaking composition. Surprisingly affecting. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai has got to be one of the best actors ever. There's this phenomenal moment that made me think of Mark Cousins: when Nameless tells the King what the words that Broken Sky wrote, the King sheds a single tear. It made me think of Cousins because this is the type of transcendental cinematic moment that he's always noticing.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
How many times did I have to watch Tony Leung die?!
Crítica completa: cinedrops.com/dropsreview/critica-heroi-ying-xiong/
"Se você é aquele tipo de pessoa que achou as cenas de “O Tigre e o Dragão” forçadas, com certeza esse filme não é pra você, mas se você assim como eu adora cenas de lutas e sabe apreciar a profundidade e beleza da cultura oriental, esse filme é definitivamente pra você."
Visually beautiful, stunning even, but too dreamy and languid. I don't understand the thinking of people who think this is better than House of Flying Daggers.
hermosa pelicula wuxia... una escenografia soberbia y una fotografia aun mas bella... mas que una historia epica... una pelicula de historia china... cosa que quizas me desagrado un poco.. tratatn de forzar el nacionalismo moderno llevado al emperador Qin y la unificacion de la china moderna... justifican de forma casi obligada todo...
"How swift thy sword..."
Impossibly, painfully cool.
That might be a bad thing when it comes down to it.
Although Zhang Yimou's gorgeous visual masterpiece Hero lives off its feather-weight scenes of swordplay, it also dies off it, simply because it can never determine its own stakes. Taking its puzzling narrative structure from Rashomon, there is never really anything to fear or keep you on the edge of your seat with. One thing I ask of a martial-arts film is too keep me gripped during the fight scenes, to give me a sense of pain and shock whenever a fatal blow is dealt. Hero dispenses with all this by replacing peril with spectacle; a bold move, but when one flying…
Do some methadone and chill.
Bom, quando eu decidi participar desse desafio e vi que começava com um filme colorido, Heroi foi o primeiro filme que passou na minha cabeça.Justamente pela sua fotografia linda, forte e colorida.Com certeza, muitas pessoas, ao ferem o nome de Jet Li, poderão ter uma impressão errada do filme, de que é um filme de ação, como os que ele costuma participar.Mas é um engano, Herói é um filme da mais pura arte, com toda aquela mística oriental.
Os cenários internos são lindos e super detalhados,as cenas externas são tão perfeitas, que fiquei até em dúvida se aqueles lugares tão bonitos existem mesmo de verdade ou se eram feitos por computação.Inacreditavelmente, todos são verdadeiros, o que me deixou com mais…
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.