Hero (DVD)

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Sweeping and sumptuously-shot martial arts action film in the vein of Ang Lee's 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'. In Ancient China, the Emperor of the northern province of Qin (Daoming Chen) is under constant threat of assassination attempts. Three assassins in particular are the cause of much fear in the palace: Broken Sword (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), Sky (Donnie Yen) and Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung). When a minor local official (Jet Li) comes to the palace to relay the information that he has managed to overcome the three adversaries, the Emperor invites him to tell the story of his incredible victory.

Product Details

Barcode
5055201816641
Department
Movies & TV
Released
30 May 2011
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Action & Advenure
Region
Region 2
Language
Mandarin, Englioh
Studio
Miramax
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Enhanced WS tv
Runtime
96 min
Age Restriction
12
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Hero
Release Year
2004
Running Time
99 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Ying Xiong
Categories
Foreign Films / Chinese/Mandarin / Ancient Civilizations / Chinese / Legends / Martial Arts / Revenge / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
Zhang Yimou, the director of such Chinese epics as RED SORGHUM, RAISE THE RED LANTERN, JU DOU, and SHANGHAI TRIAD, takes his first stab at a period martial arts film and succeeds wildly, making an intelligent, carefully crafted drama that pays tribute to the genre while taking it to another level. The story is set 2,000 years ago, during the time of the Warring States, when seven kindgoms were battling for dominance, and one leader--the king of Qin (Chen Dao Ming)--was determined to end up victorious and unite all of China as one nation. The proud king is forced to live trapped alone in his palace as a remarkable trio of villains--Broken Sword (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk), and Sky (Donnie Yen)--are out to kill him. But one day a simple country prefect (Jet Li) shows up, announcing that he has killed all three assassins. Identifying himself as Nameless, the prefect tells in great detail how he got rid of the king's sworn enemies. However, once Nameless is finished, the king has some interesting questions for him, pointing out holes in his tale. The cat-and-mouse story continues as Nameless and the king seek to find out the truth about the assassins and the future of China. Zhang Yimou's marvelous film is enhanced by Christopher Doyle's lush photography, Tan Dunn's percussive score (with Itzhak Perlman adding violin and fiddle), exciting special effects from SHAOLIN SOCCER veteran Tony Ching Siu-Tung, and excellent acting.
Notes
THEATRICAL RELEASE: AUGUST 20, 2004
Cast & Crew
Director
Yimou Zhang
Star
Jet Li / Maggie Cheung / Tony Leung / Chen Dao Ming / Zheng Tian Yong / Donnie Yen / Ziyi Zhang / Liu Zhong Yuan
Composer
Tan Dun
Executive Producer
Dou Shou Fang / Zhang Wei Pin
Producer
Bill Kong
Director of Photography
Chris Doyle
Costume Designer
Emi Wada
Additional Music/Songs
Itzhak Perlman
Action Director/Arranger
Tony Ching Siu Tung
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"HERO is beautiful and beguiling, a martial arts extravaganza defining the styles and lives of its fighters within Chinese tradition."
Roger Ebert (27 Aug 2004, p.29)
Entertainment Weekly
"The extravagant visual beauty of HERO is, in a way, its own reward....The cast is a parade of action stars in full charisma..."
Lisa Schwarzbaum (3 Sep 2004, p.56)
New York Times
"Filled with meticulous set pieces, including a showdown between Snow and Moon set among swirls of golden-yellow leaves, HERO is easy on the eyes."
Manohla Dargis (27 Aug 2004, p.E10)
Premiere
"HERO is one of the most beautiful and involving films of the year."
Glenn Kenny (1 Jul 2004, p.24)
Rolling Stone
"Director Zhang Yimou packs this visual feast with fierce action and breathtaking beauty."
Peter Travers (30 Sep 2004, p.205)
Uncut
"HERO is dazzling....A visually sublime, thematically simple and universally appealing work of art….A landmark piece of cinema."
Simon Lewis (1 Oct 2004, p.142)
USA Today
"HERO is a visual feast."
Mike Clark (3 Sep 2004, p.10E)