''My decision will cause the deaths of many and Your Majesty will live on. A dead man begs you to remember; a warrior's ultimate act is to lay down his sword.''
A series of Rashomon-like flashback accounts shape the story of how one man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.
Jet Li: Nameless
Hero is an absolutely beautiful film, and quite possibly Jet Li's best film to date, with an engrossing story and top notch performances.
All the characters are fantastic, and the fight scenes are very well done, plus Jet Li is simply exquisite!. Characters are extremely faceted and pose depth and honour, and the scenery is completely drenched in stunning beauty.
Hero at times, was a hard film to follow at times but helped by the different shades of colour used in each section or different version of a story told. There is only one true version and it's interesting to see the parallel paths told in rich reds and greens and blues.
I was stunned by the story, and really liked how it all plays out, plus the cinematography defies perfection!
The wire work is also very good, and I especially loved the battle on the water, Jet and Donnie Yen had a fantastic meaningful battle at the humble beginnings.
I thought it was especially cool when they shot hundreds of arrows at the same time also reducing the speed to slow mo, something that movies reminiscent of 300, later after Hero copied in Western cinema.
The music also tantalizes as incredible, adding to the emotion and raw epicness of Hero.
Hero ia quite unpredictable, and it's wonderfully arty as well, plus I can see why this film has become so undeniably popular. Hero is an absolutely beauty of a film, with an engrossing story and top notch acting.
The Direction is wonderful!. Yimou Zhang does splendidly wonderful!
Here with outstanding camera work,wicked angles, great use of vibrant colours, awesome shots, and just keeping the film at an extremely engrossing high speed pace.
Jet Li is amazing as always and is amazing here, he had this intense stare look on his face throughout that really worked, and gives one of his finest performances. Tony Leung Chiu Wai is fantastic as Broken Sword, he was really likable, had some good lines.
Maggie Cheung is gorgeous and does excellent here as Flying Snow, she had some great emotional scenes with Tony Leung, had a cool character, and even though she was unlikable at times, she did an excellent job overall.
Ziyi Zhang is incredibly gorgeous, and does fine with what she had to do as Moon, I really liked her.
Daoming Chen does what he has to do well as the King, I liked him.
Donnie Yen is fantastic as always, and showed off his great martial art skills.
Yimou Zhang whom also did the elegant and beautiful House Of Flying Daggers, proves what a talented and respective visionary director he truly is, with his effortlessly, meaningful, and artistic laden Hero mastery piece.