HERO (2003 Palm Springs International Film Festival Palm Springs California USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

Hero is a great Chinese culture study film with good special effects. While a few flying scenes need improvement (such as the scenes where Jet Li drops from fighting several men at a shrine to fighting one man); overall, the fight scenes are very good and produce a pronounced entertainment effect. The acting is quite good.

Storyline

Nameless (Jet Li), a name he gave himself because his parents were unable to name him, develops a plan to kill Chinese Emperor Qin (Daoming Chen), the first emperor to rule China, who desires unification of states of China.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Yimou Zhang for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Shoufang Dou and Weiping Zhang for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include:
Broken Sword (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung), Moon (Ziyi Zhang), Qin Emperor (Daoming Chen), Sky (Donnie Yen), Old scholar (Zhongyuan Liu), Old Servant (Tianyong Zheng), and Prime Minister (Yan Qin).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Terrific Chinese film. Can’t beat this for good entertainment.

Ben Meyers

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