From the Publisher
HERO is a gripping story with a twisting turning plot that will keep readers poised in anticipation. Mr. Ma has truly outdone himself with this outstanding artistic accomplishment. His life-like representations of the film's all-star cast including Jet Li, Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi are nothing short of uncanny. And if that isn't enough to wet your mental palate, then those few who have been privileged enough to see the Chinese release of the movie will be pleased to know HERO the graphic novel contains an alternate ending written by Mr. Ma and approved by the film's creator - Zhang Yimou.
About the Author
About the Film's Director: Chinese film director Zhang Yimou is a world-renowned storyteller, but HERO is his martial arts film debut. He began his film career as a cinematographer, and his work for Chen Kaige's The Yellow Earth (1983) helped launch the "Fifth Generation," filmmakers who brought back sensuality and emotion to Chinese movies. Zhang made his directorial debut with Red Sorghum (1987), which starred Gong Li in the first of her acclaimed roles. Noted for his technical mastery, he also directed such films as Ju Dou (1990), Raise the Red Lantern (1991), The Story of Qiu Ju (1992), To Live (1994), and Shanghai Triad (1995).