All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
*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.
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.…
First time I watched this movie was in Chinese with no subtitles ( I have no idea of Chinese) it was just gorgeous and I could not stop watching it. That says a lot about this movie. I love Christopher Doyle probably one of my favorite cinematographers.
Day 127 of 365 of my year long challenge
Week 19: Year of the Monkey
During the Warring States period, a nameless warrior (Jet Li) presents himself to the king of Qin (Chen Daoming). With him, he brings three swords as a gift to the king. These gifts also bring with them special access to the king who, after countless assassination attempts, lets no one closer than 100 paces. With the head of Long Sky's (Donnie Yen) spear and the sword of Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung) and Broken Sword (Tony Leung), as well as a fantastic tale, Nameless finds himself within ten paces of the king. Thus, a subtle game begins between the two men that will decide…
A stunning marital arts epic starring Jet Li.
Bildgewaltige Kampfchoreographien, die trotz vereinzelten repetitiven Momenten visuell begeistern und in der Inszenierung die subjektiven Empfindungen und Blickwinkel einer Geschichte wunderbar aufgreifen.
Leider ist die Geschichte nicht interessant genug, als dass die subjektiven Varianten einer präsentierten Legende über die Filmlänge tragen.
Für Asia-Kampffilmfans ist Hero dennoch empfehlenswert. Werden jedoch neben beeindruckenden Kämpfen auch narrative Ansprüche gestellt, sei lieber Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon empfohlen.
Hero is a sumptuous film, superficial in the most beautiful way: full of billowing silk sheets, perfectly still mountain lakes, swords flying through slow motion raindrops. Jet Li is the nameless man who has dispatched three deadly assassins, granting him an audience with the King of Qin in which the story of his victory is told three ways. fIt's the wuxia film taken to every possible excess, and while the colour scheme is meticulously designed and the fight scenes are weightless and elegant to the point where "fight scenes" is actually a misnomer, it's a little hollow as a result. The conceit of having the same events narrated three different ways opens up so many possibilities for playing with form,…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
암살자로 죽었으나 영웅으로 장사되어 진 남자의 이야기가 장예모 감독에 의해 그려진다.
슬로 모션하의 무술장면
노랑, 빨강이 한 겹의 거짓 이야기를 채우고 나면 초록, 파랑, 흰색이 이면의 진실을 그려낸다.
그리고 검정, 회색이 배경이 되어 진나라 군사를 그리고.
십여년전 처음 이 영화를 보았을 땐 너무 시적 영상의 무술 장면에서 감독의 허영심을 느꼈는데 오늘 다시 보니 너무 아름답다는 생각을 하게 됐다.
'하늘', '부러진 검', '날리는 눈', '달' 그리고 주인공 '무명자'등 등장인물의 이름에서부터 멋이 깔린다.
부러진 검이 자신의 사랑을 증명하는 방법은 날리는 눈의 칼을 피하지 않고 죽는 길밖에 없었고,
날리는 눈은 자신이 꼽은 칼을 더 찔러 그 남자와 한 몸이 되어 죽는다...
진시황을 죽이러 왔다가 반복되어 나타날 더 큰 살상을 막기 위해 그를 살려주고 대신 죽는 무명자를 보며 곰곰이 삶을 되새겨 본다.
다시 한 번 볼 영화
A little flashier than as deep as it strives to be, Hero is nonetheless beautiful in both design and in fight choreography and manages to incorporate an emotional range to boot.
Probably one of the prettiest films ever made quite frankly. The colour coding makes narrative sense and the film remembers to craft a story you care about to go along with the images. With superlative action and a runtime that doesn't ever test the patience, this holds up superbly well.
I still can't believe that Tarsem didn't ghost-direct this film... With all those drapes and slow-motion rain drops...
Granted, this film has a few very memorable moments, but for the most part, it could have been boiled down to 25 minutes.
I don't mind style-over-substance cinema, but as of today, "Hero" officially annoys me.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…