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…
Sure it's nationalistic out the wazoo, but on another, more important level, it has a lot of sword fights that look real cool.
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.
My favorite OTP is back! And they still don't get a happy ending.
Fantastic stuff. There is true beauty here, with wonderful colours and a majestic score throughout. If only the film didn't drag in places, it would be something of magic, but as it is, it's a highly enjoyable martial arts epic with plenty of trippy fight sequences and more than a few bendy swords.
Wuxia movie about a nameless warrior. This movie takes some surprising twist and turns, not just in the plot, but in visual storytelling. It managed to captivate me throughout and take me along on that journey. Especially the way the different scenarios are shown is remarkable. It contains some of the most beautiful imaginary I've seen in a movie, my minor gripe would be that the characters could be realized better.
A warrior known only as Nameless (Jet Li) presents himself to the King of Qin (Daoming Chen), who is engaged in the forceful unification of the separate lands that will one day constitute China. Nameless claims to have slain the three master assassins (Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, and Donnie Yen) that have dedicated themselves to destroying the King, and the king allows Nameless to come within 100 paces of the throne to relate his adventure. When he has finished, the king has his own interpretation of events, which throws doubt on all we have heard. Both versions are presented in flashback.
This film has an interesting structure and a good basic story, but ultimately emerges as an overblown homage to…
Hero is self-indulgent in the best way. Zhang Yimou's vision is perfectly executed in the stunning sets, costumes, and visual effects. On rewatch the story drags a bit, but it's still great to look at.
What it a lack a little in story it makes up in perfect combination of amazing colors and impressive fighting choreography.
Thats not to say the story is bad.
Far from it.
Its just that the story is not perfect. Most of the film is told in flashbacks about how the unnamed Hero (Jet Li) defeated the three big assassins and delivered their swords to the ruling king.
The film then shows us the different accounts the Hero tells, the king telling what he thinks happened, and then the Hero again telling the true story of what happened.
Its a very simple way for the film to…
I saw this at an age where the story pretty much fell completely on deaf ears, but I remember the action being a lot of fun.
"What a Waste"
"Dull and Lifeless Spectacle"
I have to agree...
Everything's so bland and depressing in this film:choreography,actors (good actors otherwise!) and (propaganda) message...
Zhang Ziyi is probably the only good thing and that somehow isn't right.
The fight choreography is awful imho and slow-mo/cgi effects/cutaways are used at all the wrong moments.
This kind of film is what gives "wire-fu" a bad name.
I'll stick with golden age HK wuxia instead. ;)
When Hero originally came out I was at a different stage in my film-loving life, rather than watching six hour films about filipino civil wars I preferred my films to present simple ideas with little to no fluff. I wanted to see gigantic things beat each other up—oh lordy would I have adored Pacific Rim—I wanted to see slow motion fights, scantily dressed women—this was pre-internet for me—and most importantly, explosions. When I saw the trailers for this on television my brother and I had the same reaction, a guy punching arrows out of the sky? What are we still doing sat here? Back then we bought pirated DVDs from the friendly shifty guy at a local car boot sale,…