Hero (2002)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, History


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A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.


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Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Feng Li (screenplay), Yimou Zhang (screenplay), Bin Wang (screenplay)

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2 January 2005 | rserrano
10
| Haunting beauty and provocative message
Hero is noteworthy on at least two counts.

First, there are scenes of haunting beauty("Duel in the yellow forest" and "Turquoise autumn" to site a couple) that, like the best of impressionist paintings, are so affecting that you will forever see the world in a slightly different way having once beheld them.

Secondly, the overall message of the film is a provocative one. The claim is that a degree of human casualties and suffering may be the optimal path to a better world, especially when the alternative is equally brutal chaos. This is not a popular theme. It has become much more fashionable to be anti-war in all cases. And understandably so, since variations of this logic have often been used in the past to justify atrocities. But the film provides a crisp litmus test for avoiding delusion: action must be taken with a heart void of malice and an unwavering commitment to the broadest possible ultimate outcome of good for all. Can anyone live up to this standard? Several characters in the movie do, each in their own way. If the standard could be met, would the world be a better place? These are questions worth reflecting on that have not been dealt with, to this depth, in any film I'm aware of.

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Release Date:

27 August 2004

Language

Mandarin


Country of Origin

China, Hong Kong, Australia

Filming Locations

Dunhuang, Gansu, China

Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,800,000 29 August 2004

Gross USA:

$53,710,019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,395,557

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