Hero – Review

Worth seeing: for Zhang Yimou's ground-breaking choreography and colour-palette
Director:Zhang Yimou
Featuring:Jet Li, Chen Daoming, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi
Length:99 minutes
Certificate:12A
Country:China
Released:24th September 2004

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

A mysterious warrior (Jet Li) arrives at the tightly guarded palace of the king of Qin province to announce that he’s slain the king’s three main adversaries.

The warrior goes into graphic detail, describing how he killed the potential assassins, using a combination of his skilled swordsmanship and cunning.

But the king doesn’t believe him and imagines his own version of events, leading to a tense confrontation.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

A far cry from Zhang Yimou’s previous work, such as the contemporary comedy Happy Times, the drama Not One Less and his earlier Raise The Red Lantern.

As beautiful as they were, this martial arts marvel blows them, and most films, out of the water.

From the colours to the choreography, you won’t forget this.

Hero’s “historic” events are described, Rashomon-style, 3 times, distinguished by corresponding production values.

Very showy, but clever and rewarding.