Kono kuni wa mada, hontô no hero wo shiranai [Japan] (“This land doesn’t know a real hero. Yet.)

Because of lines like the above tagline I wanted to see Yimou Zhang’s Hero. From the previews I was kinda excited to see the movie and to see what it would end up being about. I did not, and still don’t, know the history of what the movie covers. The plot seemed interesting from the trailers and it seemed like a movie that I would enjoy. So, what the heck, why not see it? However, after sitting though the almost two hour movie I have some thoughts about what I saw.

Firstly, it was visually appealing. I liked how it looked. The use of simple colors in the wardrobe and in the scenery really added a lot to the movie. The colors were very vibrant and just stuck out in my mind, in a good way.

The action scenes were very well done. They were plentiful through out the entire film. However, I can only take so much of the wire-work flying/fighting style and that just ruined some of the what would otherwise be great action sequences. That one complaint aside, the action sequences were very well done.

The story line. The story was pretty good. I am not well versed in Asian history to know if the film was accurate, but the movie was very easy to follow. But, it was very drawn out. Some parts seemed to be added just because they wanted another fighting scene. That, and with all of the flashbacks (there are many) I got lost a few times in the story. I kept saying to myself, “Didn’t he already die? This is like his 5th death.” So, I got mildly confused at times, but not enough to say that I didn’t really know what was going on.

Overall it was a good movie. I enjoyed it, but found it drawn out at times and I got sick of seeing the Crouching Tiger flying fighting style time and time again. In the end I would have to give it like 3.5 out of 5.

3 thoughts on “Hero”

  1. IMO, Crouching Tiger wasn’t a really good movie anyways.

    I dunno when the U.S. was introduced to the old school chinese martial arts style films, but I’ve been watching flicks with the “flying style” fighting scenes in them ever since i was a little kid, and still to this day I think it is the coolest thing ever.

    Crouching tiger, Kill Bill, the Matrix (along with all of Jet Li’s American films) are just some of the movies that I noticed have taken on the role of introducing that style of fighting cinematography into Hollywood. I intend to watch Hero, since wendy says it’s really good, as she saw it in Japan like two years ago.

    watch all of Jet Li’s old school HK movies, and you’ll see what i’m getting at. <3 glad to hear you're back btw. Now you can show me your pad, and HEY I might be going golfing tomorrow (Monday) so let me know if you're down to go hit a bucket.

  2. Yeah, I watched the original version in cantonese with chinese subtitles. Well, I really only “watched” it for 20 minutes until I got tired of my friend translating it for us. LOL!

    My sister went to go see it and she got lost on the same dieing parts where he would die then be alive again. Anyways, probably gonna see it with my friends back at school. For the part I did see, it seemed like a movie I would like since I liked Iron Monkey, C.T.H.D., and other martial arts/matrix style fighting scene movies. As always, I <3 azN's -_-

  3. I agree that it is cool, the flying wire-style, but it just takes away from the movie a bit. I prefer realism over fantasy. Hence my lack of interest in movies like LOTR, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. While I think that they are great movies, they are just not what I am into.

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