Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Maggie Cheung Man-yuk
Thousands of legends tell the story of the first emperor
of China. One of those legends is about a man called Nameless
(Jet Li), a citizen of Zhao, whose family was killed by the
armies of Qin. Nameless spends the next 10 years perfecting
the ultimate assassins technique "Death Within 10 Paces"
in order to take revenge on the King of Qin. But in order
to get close enough to the King he must prove to him that
he is loyal by slaying his most feared assassins: Sky (Donnie
Yen), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung), and Broken Sword (Tony
Although Jet Li is a major international martial arts star
and has top billing, Maggie Cheung (Flying Snow) and Tony
Leung (Broken Sword) really steal the show. In all three stories
their relationship is always at the center of attention and
they do a good job stealing the spotlight from Jet Li acting
wise. Die hard Jet Li fans may be disappointed by this, but
the story flows so well you wont even notice.
Speaking of story telling, Hero takes a unique approach
by jumping around the time line. A style popularized by Quentin
Tarantino although it has been around since written word.
It may be confusing at first but once you get to the end you
will understand that it would not have worked any other way.
The movie begins with the meeting of Nameless and the King
of Qin. Each of them tell a tale followed by another story
from Nameless before the climactic finale. Through these stories
you will learn of how this meeting came to pass and of the
important decisions Nameless will have to make. This is the
first martial arts film I have ever shed a tear. The story
is very beautiful and even if your not a fan of martial arts
films your life is not complete unless you watch it.
Just a fair warning they are releasing this movie in the
states in April of 2004. Please check to make sure that it
is playing with subtitles and chinese dialogue. Dubs of HK
movies tend to completely change the meaning critical plot
points that will completely ruin the movie for you. If you
have to, wait for the DVD release or better yet do youself
a favor and import it.
- Grand Admiral