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Hero (Jet Li)

Released on 21 February 2005

Featuring: Tony Leung, Jet Li & Maggie Cheung

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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One man will challenge an empire...

In pre-Imperial China, feared warrior Nameless (Jet Li) is granted an audience with the ruler of the most powerful of the seven warring kingdoms (Chen Daoming). Posing as a minor official, Nameless sets about his mission of revenge by relating the tale of how he defeated the three most fearsome of the ruler's adversaries. However, nothing is as it seems and Nameless is placed in great personal peril as the king suggests a very different version of events which brought him to the palace...

Filled with breathtaking wirework-enhanced martial arts sequences from action choreographer Ching Siu-Tung ('New Dragon Gate Inn', 'A Chinese Ghost Story'), truly sumptuous cinematography from the legendary Christopher Doyle ('In The Mood For Love') and an expressive traditional score from Tan Dun ('Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'), Zhang Yimou's elegant epic features an intriguing 'Rashomon' style flashback structure that will keep the audience guessing until the very end.

The most expensive movie ever made in China and a blockbuster upon its' theatrical release in the U.S., 'Hero' showcases the outstanding talents ofa multi-award winning cast including the pairing of Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung as star crossed lovers, the coquettish Zhang Ziyi ('Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon') as a feisty apprentice, venerated Chen Daoming lending gravitas as the Emperor-in-waiting and real-life martial arts masters Donnie Yen and Jet Li who co-designed perhaps the greatest duel ever committed to celluloid.

Nominated for both an Oscar and a BAFTA, 'Hero' is an exceptional example of Asian cinema and "really is one of the best looking films ever made." - The Guardian
  • 'Inside The Action': a conversation with Quentin Tarantino and Jet Li
  • 'Hero Defined' featurette
  • Storyboards: 'Golden Forest', 'Library', 'Ring Of Iron' and 'Lake'
  • Interactive menu
  • Scene access

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 Gorgeous

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This film is stunning. The use of colour to convey emotions is visually stunning and cleverly used. The fight scenes between Donnie Yen and Tony Leung are outstanding . Maggie Cheung who plays Snow is perfectly cast as the courageous and feisty swordswoman. This is her first action role, but she is flawless on screen and was born to pick up a sword. This film is on par with Crouching Tiger and House of Flying Daggers. It's a must see.

 Beautifull and Mesmerising

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when i first bought this and watched it i wasnt incredibly impressed, i merely enjoyed the fighting.

However, i feel as though my appreciation of films has developed alot since then and i watched it the other day, and i just thought it was incredible. The locations and images are amazing (e.g. in the autumnal forest, and the still lake near the end).
To my own suprise i also found the first fight ,between 'Nameless' and Sky, beautiful, it felt more like a dance between two people of complete understanding of one another.

I also read on the box right near the end that it was directed by Quentin Tarantino, and since he is my favourite director, this film has become one of my favourite in my collection - which i assure you is no mean feat.

 different yet moving in a way

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i saw this film on TV the first time and was mesmerised by the use of colours in story narration ! the wire work stunt scenes are very beautifully choreographed and though many will say that the stunts are way over the top i believe that they are in keeping with Chinese philosophy and martial arts concepts...
the way the story is unfolded is very nice.. and there are some very moving moments in the film.. for people who like martial arts with a story and a touching element, this is a must watch film.. am glad i got it on DVD...

 Perfect!

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I was just mesmerised from the first minute. Probably one of the most complete films i have ever seen. Absolutely stunning visually and the music score ........... words fail me Watch this film

 Quality Film! Gets Better Everytime!

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This Film is immense. It has a little bit of everything in it, Fighting/action, twists and turns, romance, strong characters, and a meaninful plot. This is a film for people who like classic chinese martial films, with great fight scenes and emotion.

It was very well cast, as all the characters were believable in their given roles.

It is a must buy for all the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and House Of Flying Daggers fans and even for people who want to get into chinese martial arts films.

It really does get better everytime you watch it. Quality film.

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ActorsTony Leung, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi, Donnie Yen & Chen Daoming
DirectorZhang Yimou
Certificate12 years and over
Year2002
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesMandarin ; English - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish
Duration1 hour and 36 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.