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Hero (2004)

Jet Li , Tony Leung Chiu Wai , Yimou Zhang  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (615 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang, Donnie Yen
  • Directors: Yimou Zhang
  • Writers: Yimou Zhang, Bin Wang, Feng Li
  • Producers: Philip Lee, Shoufang Dou, Weiping Zhang, William Kong
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (615 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00030590I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,175 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hero" on IMDb

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  • "Hero Defined" - a look at the epic masterpiece
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  • Inside the Action: A Conversation with Quentin Tarantino & Jet Li

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Master filmmaker Quentin Tarantino presents HERO -- starring martial arts legend Jet Li in a visually stunning martial arts epic where a fearless warrior rises up to defy an empire and unite a nation! With supernatural skill ... and no fear ... a nameless soldier (Jet Li) embarks on a mission of revenge against the fearsome army that massacred his people. Now, to achieve the justice he seeks, he must take on the empire's most ruthless assassins and reach the enemy he has sworn to defeat! Acclaimed by critics and honored with numerous awards, HERO was nominated for both an Oscar® (2002 Best Foreign Language Film)and Golden Globe!

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279 of 303 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait, "Hero" finally plays in our land August 30, 2004
I feel like I have been waiting a long time to see this movie and that the trailer for "Hero" ("Ying xiong") has been teasing us for at least a year. I have to admit that I fully expected to see an epic full of battle scenes and massed armies of men. My mistake. This film from China is a pointed fable, distilled from legend that may well be myth, and with a point that may well be lost on Western audiences. This is clear from those viewers who are unwilling to accept the conventions of wire work in Chinese martial art pictures and whose standard of realism refuses to allow for the poetic ballet of combat.

The prologue makes it clear that this story takes place in China before it was China, when the land was made up of seven warring provinces and the King of Qin (Chen Dao Ming) dreamt of conquering the other six provinces and uniting the land. For years the king has been unable to have a peaceful night of sleep because there are three assassins who are out to kill him. Now comes a nameless warrior (Jet Li), who has come to the imperial court to be rewarded for killing the three unbeatable assassins. He is warned that he may not approach within 100 paces of the king or he will be killed. But because he has bested the assassin Sky (Donnie Yen) in combat, he is allowed with 20 paces to tell his story.

Most of the story of "Hero" is told in flashback as Nameless tells his stories and the king questions him. We also learn of the fates of Broken Sword (Tony Leung) and Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung), two assassins who were also a pair of lovers. But there is more than one truth and more than one tale to be told in this film. Director Zhang Yimou, improving on the artistry we first enjoyed in "Raise the Red Lantern," color codes the stories that we see.
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215 of 246 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Visual Feast and a Cleverly Told Tale November 21, 2004
Format:DVD
Much as Ang Lee demonstrated his directorial virtuosity in CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, Zhang Yimou has applied his magnificent talents to the martial arts genre with HERO. This is movie not only worth seeing, but worth watching two or three times, or more. Each viewing unveils new appreciation for Zhang's artistic direction, Chris Doyle's cinematography, Tan Dun's musical score, and Itzhak Perlman's violin performance, not to mention fresh insights into the story line and character interrelationships.

The story line is simple enough on its surface, based loosely on Chinese historical fact. The king of the Qin state seeks to unify the Seven Kingdoms some 2,000 years ago, and three assassins from the defeated Zhao state wish to kill him. An unknown warrior named Nameless, from the Qin state, succeeds in killing the three assassins and returns to collect his reward in an audience with the King. As we view segments of Nameless's explanation of how he defeated three such fearsome opponents, a battle of wits ensues with the skeptical King until the truth emerges. Their verbal sparring beautifully parallels the feints, thrusts, and parries of the martial arts scenes.

Within this story line, we are treated to extraordinary, ballet-like martial arts contests between Nameless and the three assassins. Each scene is dominated by one primary color, from the opening desert white to the reds of the calligraphy school to the yellows of autumn leaves whose wind-swept swirls become weapons in themselves. A sword fight between Broken Sword and the King of Qin is cloaked in flowing green cloth, reminiscent of Zhang's use of colored cloth in JU DOU.

While HERO evokes memories of RASHOMON, this is not the same motif.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Beautiful, artistic, poetic...an enchanting martial arts film that will captivate you with every scene!

These are the words I feel about "HERO", the 2002 film directed by Zhang Yimou ("Curse of the Golden Flower", "The House of Flying Daggers" and "Happy Times") and a film that would feature cinematography by Christopher Doyle ("Chungking Express", "In the Mood For Love", "Fallen Angels", "Happy Together") and music by composer Tan Dan ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "The Legend of the Black Scorpion").

The film would also star Asia's top talents which include Jet Li ("The Warlords", "Fearless", "Once Upon a Time in China", "Fist of Legend"), Tony Leung Chiu Wai ("Lust, Caution", "Red Cliff", "Tokyo Raiders", "Infernal Affairs"), Maggie Cheung ("Ashes of Time", "Sausalito", "In the Mood for Love", "Comrades: Almost a Love Story"), Daoming Chen ("Peace Blossom", "My 1919', "Infernal Affairs III"), Zhang Ziyi ("House of Flying Dagger", "My Wife is a Gangster", "Musa the Warrior", "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") and Donnie Yen ("All's Well, End's Well", "Iron Monkey", "Flash Point" and "Bodyguards and Assassins").

The film which was Hong Kong's most expensive film at the time, was critically acclaimed, won several awards and eventually would make over $178 million worldwide in the box office.

"HERO" is presented on a two-ray Blu-ray disc with one being the primary Blu-ray and the other being a digital copy version of the film. Also, the Blu-ray also comes in a slipcase.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

"HERO" is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:35:1) and suffice to say, this film just looks incredible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
exciting movie
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Received Blue Ray I ordered DVD // gave Disc to coworker
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you outstanding product.
Thank you outstanding product.
Published 3 days ago by GJM
4.0 out of 5 stars Will arrive later than prime time delivery...
Love the movie and Loved the price. Delivery was 2 days beyond/behind a normal Amazon Delivery time.
Published 4 days ago by Avid Reader1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Incredible visual effects - the color/fight sequences are awesome.
Published 10 days ago by Annmarie LaBella
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I bought this for my grandson. He loves it
Published 22 days ago by Luh
4.0 out of 5 stars Hero = *4* stars!!!
Sorry Folks, but this is not a *five star film* its definitely a *4* star film. I have just finished watching this movie,
and I have to say some of the things that happened... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cinese Fairy Tale/Allegory Breathtakingly Presented.
The martial arts choreography is extremely well done. The story, as initially presented, is simple but morphs into a complex, multi-tiered tale. Pay attention. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Holly
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Makes very little sense. Plot twists for the sake of plot twist.
Published 26 days ago by Clayton Z Kellogg
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb graphic
superb graphic & kungfu
Published 27 days ago by Man Bui
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