August 25, 2004

Hero

POST #    1239

Last night I got to check out a screening of Hero, the "new" release from Zhang Yimou. While it might not be the greatest movie ever, it certainly is a beautiful movie. The movie has a great cast, with Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, and Zhang Ziyi, and is directed by Zhang Yimou. With Christopher Doyle as the cinematographer, you kind of know it's going to be a great looking movie.

Hero takes place during China's Warring States period, where the country was divided into seven factions, all fighting for control. The leader of the Qin was the most ruthless of all the leaders, and was the target of many assassination attempts. Three assassins were vanquished by Jet Li's character, earning him a meeting with the Qin King.

It is during his sitting with the King, several stories unfold of how the nameless Li defeated the three most famous assassins in the land. The beauty in which the story is told is worth the price of admission alone. Of course, for me, this was free, but that's a minor detail. One scene, in particular, stands out. A fight scene between Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi was filmed in a forrest full of yellow leaves, blowing as the two actresses flew and spun through the air. There is more to the beauty of that scene, but it's one of those things you have to see.

If the cast and the people behind the film weren't impressive enough, the movie also featured music by Tan Dun and violin solos and fiddling by Itzhak Perlman. Oh, and the film is also presented by Quentin Tarantino.

Posted by tien mao in Movies at 8:59 AM

 

 

That movie will explain the deja vu you feel when you get around to watching this year's Zhang release, House of Flying Daggers. Neither Hero nor HOFD has been particularly inspiring. Let the accusations of his selling out begin.

Posted by: Shryh at August 26, 2004 12:13 PM

How Jet Li was Jet Li in this movie?? Meaning, I thought that he was kick-ass when he first appeared in Lethal Weapon 3 (i think) but got carried away with himself in movies like One or anything with DMX and/or Steven Segal...

There aren't any DMX cameos in this movie are there??

Posted by: chris ives at August 27, 2004 7:22 PM

saw it last night. amazing cinematography. didn't even really notice the subtitles since I was watching the action and shot sequences so intently. Can't wait for the dvd.

Posted by: Chris at August 27, 2004 8:44 PM

actually dmx had a scene, his mandarin is pretty good. j/k. though i think some people were expecting a "normal" jet li movie.

i just saw it tonight... i was blown away by the cinematography... just the colors by themselves were simply awesome. the mind games and how the plot unfolded kept me more than interested.

Posted by: jason at August 28, 2004 1:09 AM

No wing night this week??

Posted by: Cindy at August 28, 2004 10:25 AM

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