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Original Name  英雄
Starring Jet Li 李連杰, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Zhang Zi Yi, Maggie Cheung 張曼玉
Director Zhang Yimou
Screen Format 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Audio DTS Digital Surround
Language Mandarin
Subtitles English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Year 2002
Running Time 98 minutes
Genre Martial Arts
Version  Hong Kong
PAX-Code PAX0000048535
Catalog No.  03-EDVD-08

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  • 2 DVD Set, includes making of etc.

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At the height of China's Warring States period, the country was divided into seven kingdoms: Qin, Zhao, Han Wei, Yan, Chu and Qi. For years, the separate kingdoms fought ruthlessly for supremacy. As a result, the populace endured decades of death and suffering.

The Kingdom of Qin was the most determined of all. The Qin King was obsessed with conquering all of China and becoming her first Emperor. He had long been the target of assassins throughout the other six states. Of all the would-be killers, none inspired as much fear as the three legendary assassins, Broken Sword, Flying Snow and Sky. To anyone who defeated the three assassins, the King of Qin promised great power, mountains of gold and a private audience with the King himself. But defeating the killers is a near impossible task. For ten years no one came close to claiming the prize. So when the enigmatic county sheriff, Nameless, came to the palace bearing the legendary weapons of the slain assassins, the King was impatient to hear his story. Sitting in the palace, only ten paces from the King, Nameless told his extraordinary tale:

For ten years, Nameless studied the way of the sword and resolved to challenge the three assassins. Using the secrets of swordsmanship; Nameless defeated the mighty Sky in a furious showdown. Following this initial victory, he destroyed the famed duo of Flying Snow and Broken Sword. This time using a weapon far more devastating than his sword - their extraordinary love for each other.

The King hung on every detail of this curious story. But then something most unexpected happened - the King has a different story to tell of how Nameless really came to sit there, face to face with the King!

It appears that everything was not so simple. In the centre of the intrigue sits Nameless -a solitary ranger and the King of Qin - the ruler of the Kingdom, with only ten steps between them. Within those ten steps holds an earth-shattering tale of love, honour and duty, a story that moves beyond the reaches of history. A story about what it means to be a HERO.

To bring to life this epic tale of love, loyalty, jealousy and intrigue, HERO assembled an unprecedented collection of Asia's hottest talent. International martial arts superstar Jet Li heads the stellar cast as Nameless, the enigmatic county sheriff who earns his audience with the mighty King of Qin. Hong Kong megastars Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Maggie Cheung Man Yuk, fresh from their award-winning performances in Wong Kar Wai's 'In the Mood for Love', reunite to play the assassins Broken Sword (Leung) and Flying Snow (Cheung). Zhang Ziyi, who has gone from strength to strength since her critically acclaimed debut in 'The Road Home' will play Broken Sword's devoted servant, Moon, whilst distinguished veteran Chen Daoming plays the powerful King of Qin. Rising star and martial artist Donnie Yen will play the third assassin, Sky.

Two-time Academy Award nominee, director Zhang Yimou is joined by Award winning 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' producer, Bill Kong, Cannes Technical Grand Prize winner Christopher Doyle as director of photography, and straight from his roaring success in 'Shaolin Soccer' comes action director Tony Ching Siu Tung. Academy AwardR winning costume designer Emi Wada and Academy AwardR winning composer Tan Dun complete the formidable, star-studded crew.

戰國時代,秦王野心吞併六國,被視為暴君,六國剌客均以殺秦王為首要目標。當中殘劍(梁朝偉)、飛雪(張曼玉)、長空(甄子丹)更是秦王的心腹大患。天涯孤客無名(李連杰)竟獨力把三人殺掉,獲賞賜晉見秦王道出來龍去脈─利用三人?#91;上殘劍近身侍俾如月(章子怡)的微妙關係將他們逐一擊破。秦王並未苟同,徐徐道出三大剌客敗於無名劍下的另一版本.....

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alan2 (1) on 12, Aug. 2004 19:59 (HKT)
Superb Movie
One of the best films I have seen this year
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Anonymous on 09, Jun. 2004 23:03 (HKT)
AllYourBase
this movie IS as good as ikaruga
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Anonymous on 30, Nov. 2003 20:45 (HKT)
Thumbs up from a non-action movie fan
I don\'t usually like action movies... and the whole kung foo thing has been overused lately. BUT... this movie really just blows you away.

The cinematography is excellent, and the plot is cleverly written. In my opinion, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is way below Hero... Even if you normally don\'t like these types of movies, I would still recommend it!!
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sascha.tausend (2) on 25, Oct. 2003 02:57 (HKT)
excellent asian cinema
This movie blew me away in the cinema. Beautifull cinematography, the locations are excellent and the use of color to aid the story telling is quite unique. There is so many little things to discover besides the main plot.

I can\'t wait to own the DVD and i hope they made a carefull transfer from the original movie version.

Probably one of the best movies this year.
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Anonymous on 21, Aug. 2003 23:12 (HKT)
Great fighting scenes
HERO shows one of the best fighting scenes I have ever seen in a Hong Kong movie, combined with a really beautiful scenery. Jet Li and Zhang Zi Yi are playing their roles just excellent.

What I disliked slighty was the idea that the story was told several times, I think a bit more could have been done out of the actual plot. Not as good as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon but it\'s getting very close... go and buy this movie, you won\'t regret it.
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