Tarrentino has been giving the American
public action films for over 10 years
now but this time he brings a movie from
China to US shores for all to view. Hero
directed by Yimou Zhang was originally
put in theatres overseas in 2002 but just
recently came out on DVD in the states
and features a great cast of Jet Li, Zhang
Ziyi, Donnie Yen and Maggie Chung.
plot consists of Li playing a nameless
warrior (no really he's in the credits
as nameless) who wants to bring a nation
together and takes an empire to get it
done despite them having three of deadly
killers a.k.a. assassins and an army of
soldiers ready to die for their cause.
Yen (of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
fame) plays one of the assassins Sky and
Chung and veteran Tony Lueng play longtime
love interests Flying Snow and Broken
Sword who are also assassins.
interesting part of the film is the fact
that Nameless (Li) tells the King of Qin
(played by Daoming Chen) of the tale because
the King was initially skeptical of the
defeat of these assassins when hearing
from a local dignitary.
cinematography is great and the fight
scenes are as well although the flying
is starting to get old. The plot is slow
to develop and you may need to see it
more than once to get the movie. The DVD
is short on features just a conversation
with Quentin Tarrentino and Jet Li, storyboards
and a short called "Hero Defined".
give the film 3 globes. Cinematography
alone doesn't carry the film in my eyes
and while the actors were real in their
characterizations I still felt the film
ended to predictably and very short (time
and plot-wise) of an adventure of this