Hero [Blu-ray] [2002]

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Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (45 out of 47)

Synopsis


Hero
Hero is two-time Academy Award nominee Zhang Yimou's directorial attempt at exploring the concept of a Chinese hero. During the peak of their Warring States period, China was divided into seven kingdoms all fighting for supremacy. Most determined to dominate China was the kingdom of Qin, whose king (Chen Daoming) was wholly obsessed with becoming the first emperor of China. Though he was an assassination target for many, none of his would-be killers inspired as much fear as the legendary assassins Broken Sword (Tony Leung), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung), and Sky (Donnie Yen). In hopes of thwarting his death, the king has promised endless wealth and power to anyone who defeats his would-be murderers. No results come until ten years later, when a man called Nameless (Jet Li) brings the weapons of the three assassins to the Qin king's palace. Nameless claims to be an expert swordsman who had defeated Sky and destroyed the famed duo of Flying Snow and Broken Sword by using their love for one another against them. Once Nameless comes face to face with the king, however, it looks as if the situation is more complicated than he had thought. Also featured in Hero is actress Zhang Ziyi (The Road Home, Crouching Tiger, Hiden Dragon) as Broken Sword's devoted servant, Moon. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jet Li
    Jet Li - Nameless
  • Maggie Cheung
    Maggie Cheung - Flying Snow
  • Chen Daoming
    Chen Daoming - The King of Qin
  • Zhang Ziyi
    Zhang Ziyi - Moon
  • Donnie Yen
    Donnie Yen - Sky



Overall customer rating

4.7
96%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    5+ Star Movie, unworthy Blu-Ray

    Posted
    AudioOwl

    First of all, I recommend this movie along with the top of a short list of personal favorites, which is why I purchased this along with my first 20 or so Blu-Rays since upgrading my home theater package. That being said, this is the first Blu-Ray I have not been satisfied with, especially since I paid good money for the metal box edition. The positives: It is a beautiful heartfelt production, with a class act score that includes the international elite violinist Itzhak Perlman. The negatives: The video is no better than DVD. I am a late comer to the Blu-Ray hype, and this does not cut it. The audio, DTS Master, is no better than a standard Dolby Digital DVD. It lacks all the extra clarity and definition that modern high-def audio offers. The percussive sound track and sword play do not pop and sparkle like I assumed they would. Worse yet, THERE IS NO OPTION FOR DTS MASTER AUDIO IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE, only with English dub over, and try as they might, the ambiance does not match convincingly. The original language in Dolby Digital sounds better than the dub over in DTS MA because of this. If you know and love the movie, save yourself a buck and get the DVD, but I do sincerely recommend doing at least that. They made no effort whatsoever to remaster this unto the Blu-Ray expectation.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An epic wuxia masterpiece. A Zhang Yimou classic

    Posted
    tofumissile
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    Hero is a 2002 epic wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou, who also directed House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower, in 2004 and 2006 respectively. Zhang is also the mastermind behind the extravagant opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The martial arts choreography in Hero has since influenced many of the action sequence in contemporary western action film making. I purchased this steelbook release on sale for $9.99 even I already own other released versions of this film. The only downside to this steelbook version is it only has the international release of the film (shorter version) and very limited special features. It would be perfect if it also contains the original Chinese release version (extended with more than 30 min.) and more extras about the film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The original chinese wushu epic

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    Playstatement
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    Hero is the gold standard for eastern Asian cinema and top to bottom its superb. A fairly straightforward plot line that has interwoven story lines that really marked you care about each character involved. Couple that with excellent martial arts scenes (if not the best ever) along with an absolutely gorgeous visual experience make hero not only one of the greatest eastern cinema films ever, its one of the greatest films ever, period.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    its a HERO in my world

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    DannyBca
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    I love this movie, so when I saw it on Blue Ray having just purchased a new 60" Samsung TV I had to. See it on my new big TV. Man, it was impeesive! Plus I had a couple friends over, they thought it was great too! Its a worthy movie to enjoy and discuss the really impressive cinematography and the beauty and character development. See it and stay with it as it has a twist you will be schocked . I woukd give it 4.5 of 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Some of the greatest fight sequences I've seen

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    sammhc12
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    The fight sequences in this movie (specifically the one between Donnie Yen and Jet Li) are some of the best I've seen. The slow motion shots combined with the panoramic visuals are amazing. The only thing I don't like about the movie is that some of the voice-overs really don't match the characters. The plot makes up for it though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Visually thrilling

    Posted
    Retep

    These is one of many new films coming out of china with the feel and touch on visual perfection and a strong story, this film master the arts and disciples of filmmaking and put it in the realm of the marshal arts to give a presentation worth watching. Simple put fighting in style.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the Best of Modern Chinese Cinema

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    Aaron
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    Beautiful cinematography and a rich story about love, heartbreak and the needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few, told on the foundation of traditional Chinese morals. There is factual basis of the events in the story, but the drama is lush.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Steelbook Fever

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    MUSER4LIFE
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    Another Steelbook that Best Buy doesn't label online but that doesn't take away anything from the film. The film is pure art and Quentin Tarantino was able to bring this film to the US so that's a plus even if he didn't direct.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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