Other Sellers on Amazon
Frequently bought together
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!
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 2.88 Ounces
- Director : Yimou Zhang
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 39 minutes
- Release date : November 30, 2004
- Actors : Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang, Donnie Yen
- Dubbed: : French, English
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Producers : Philip Lee, Shoufang Dou, Weiping Zhang, William Kong
- Language : English, French
- Studio : Miramax
- ASIN : B00030590I
- Writers : Yimou Zhang, Bin Wang, Feng Li
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #104,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The movie has great aesthetics. It used huge sets such as the Great Hall of the King of Qin that give you a real sense of power. When Nameless fights Sky it’s raining and there are all kinds of shots of droplets hitting bowls and the water falling from the roof shingles. Then there’s some amazing cinematography featuring a desert landscape followed by strong colors such as shades of red used in the city Snow and Broken Sword live in. The red was foreshadowing what would happen to the inhabitants. The use of colors is one of the most striking parts of the film. They also change when the stories are retold in different ways. This was something director Yimou Zhang was known for in some of his other releases.
Of course there’s plenty of martial arts sequences as well. Some are individual fights like Snow vs Broken Sword’s lover Moon (Zhang Ziyi) which features a swirling dervish of leaves. Others are huge war scenes such as when a whole army fires a sea of arrows trying to kill Snow and Broken Sword. Nameless and Snow end up going outside to fend off some of the arrows so that Broken Sword and paint a variation of the word sword. There’s plenty of the wirework which started with Hong Kong kung fu films and everything is done very stylishly.
You can’t really explain the theme without spoiling the story. What you can say is that it’s about the sacrifices the characters make.
Overall a stunning movie to watch.
This isn't just a best in-genre film, but perhaps one of the greatest films ever made. Incredibly artistic imagery, full of beautiful color, amazing battle sequences... and for me, the 5.1 audio production on this blu ray release will give you chills. The audio design in this film was just genius level, and masterfully executed by the engineers.
And not sure about other releases, but in the 2013 steelbook (which is the newest release, as far as I know), you do have the original 5.1 Dolby Digital in Mandarin, as well as 5.1 DTS English overdubbed, if that's your preference.
This film is seriously high art. Zhang Yimou absolutely created a masterpiece here. I would give it 7 stars if I could.
Oh, and the Steelbook is categorized in the Multi-format category here on Amazon, which includes the Blu Ray disc and digital redemption code. There's no standard definition DVD, just to be clear.
Top reviews from other countries
You just can't take your eyes off the screen from start to finish. It's astonishingly beautiful. Colour, texture, design, nature, calligraphy, movement, dance - everything ravishes the senses. And it has Ziyi Zhang in it. Enough said.
But there's more than visuals. A delicious, complex, fluid plot with plenty intrigue and mystery. The play on the idea of truth and reality versus storytelling, keeps us alert and striving to keep up.
Then there's the use of sound. The fight scene with the dripping water and the koto - the sounds will stay with me for life.
The martial arts scenes are really very good. But perhaps the calligraphy scenes are even better?
I found the ending a little hard to understand. Perhaps it was not the strongest part of the film - unsure.
I can watch this one again and again.
At least 4 and 1/2 stars.
Books you might like to read
Cold Steel on the Rocks
We Are Cold Steel
Kalter Stahl auf den Felsen
It has a great story and a great cast and for me is one of my favourite movies of all time. The visuals are stunning with each sub-story being told in a different colour palette, making the movie a visual feast, especially on blu-ray (which I bought to replace my DVD version). The fight scenes are other-worldly and so well choreographed (especially the scene fought over the still mirror-like lake).
Can't recommend this film enough. For me this is the best of the bunch of all of the "Crouching Tiger" type films and if that is your bag then this is unmissable!