First off, this movie is way better than Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The fact that it is based on a legend in China makes it even better. Some of the most amazing directing and fight scenes I have ever seen. The fighting is about 95% with swords (Kung Fu wasn't invented until many centuries later) but it is spectacular nonetheless.
Jet Li is a warrior who supposedly has killed three assasins who were trying to kill the emperor. As a reward, he is invited to the emperor's home (it is not really a palace but a big building) and allowed to approach the emperor within 10 paces (nobody else may come within 100 paces).
He is given riches and must tell the tale how he disposed of the 3 assasins. The tale is told 3 different ways. Each time the director uses different colors. First, yellow and red, then green, and finally white. Each story is very different. The tension builds to a highly climatic and unexpected ending.
Not to be missed!
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Hero is a 2002 Chinese wuxia film, directed by Zhang Yimou with music by Tan Dun. Starring Jet Li as the nameless protagonist, the movie is loosely based on the legendary Jing Ke.
A group of assassins: Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung), Broken Sword (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), and Long Sky (Donnie Yen), have sworn to kill the King of Qin (Chen Daoming), and Nameless (Jet Li) comes to the royal capital to claim the reward offered for their defeat. The movie tells the story of his conversation with the King of Qin, and through a series of flashbacks depicts the journey he took to save the country from collapse. Zhang Ziyi stars as Broken Sword's servant Moon.
Hero was first released in China on October 24, 2002. At that time, it was both the most expensive and the highest-grossing motion picture inChinese film history. Miramax Films owned the American market distribution rights, but delayed the release of the film for nearly two years. It was finally presented by Quentin Tarantino to American theaters on August 27, 2004.
In ancient China during the Warring States, the nameless prefect of a small jurisdiction (Jet Li) arrives at the King of Qin's palace. Following a meticulous search for weapons, he is granted an audience with the King (Chen Daoming), who, following an assassination attempt, lives alone in his palace, always wearing his battle armor and forbidding visitors from coming within 100 paces of his throne. As Nameless kneels before the Emperor, he displays the weapons ...