Nameless recounts first killing Long Sky at a gaming house, accompanied by warriors loyal to Qin, before traveling to meet Flying Snow and Broken Sword, who have taken refuge at a calligraphy school in the Zhao state. Sky Zhang Ziyi. Snow and Sword argue over who should be the one to die, resulting in a short fight, in which Snow manages to injure Sword. While Mum fights to support her son, Matty realises family life has changed forever. In this approach, the film comments not only on China and its position in the world, but also on the ongoing erasures of languages and cultures under globalization. In ancient China during the Warring States period, the nameless prefect of a small jurisdiction arrives at the Qin state's capital city to meet the king of Qin, who has survived an attempt on his life by the assassins Long Sky, Flying Snow, and Broken Sword. [19] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade "A-" on scale of A to F.[20], Roger Ebert called it "beautiful and beguiling, a martial arts extravaganza defining the styles and lives of its fighters within Chinese tradition." [8], The lake sequences were filmed in the Jiuzhaigou national park in northern Sichuan, China. Broken Sword. [2] Starring Jet Li as the nameless protagonist, the film is based on the story of Jing Ke's assassination attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC. This is a full fourteen months after it was released in Hong Kong, AND a full year after it received an Academy Award AND Golden Globe Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film of 2002. When Mark returns, Matty witnesses the soldier's increasingly disturbed behaviour. He said the film "demonstrates how the martial arts genre transcends action and violence and moves into poetry, ballet and philosophy. Hero is a 2002 Chinese wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. Director. Starring Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Donnie Yen, Chen Daoming, and Zhang Ziyi. The wu xia pian or ‘martial chivalry film’ has gone through several cycles of popularity in the cinemas of the ‘three Chinas’ (‘mainland China’, Hong Kong and Taiwan) since the early 1950s. [23] Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote: "Filled with meticulous set pieces, including a showdown between Snow and Moon set among swirls of golden-yellow leaves, Hero is easy on the eyes, but it's too segmented to gather much momentum and too art-directed to convey much urgency." "[25][26][7], The film also has been interpreted as a nuanced investigation into the relationship between culture on one hand, and political or military power on the other. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. The United States version of the DVD, with Mandarin, English, and French soundtracks, was released on 30 November 2004. Hero is a film that is recognisable as a traditional Chinese genre, first from literature and then from cinema. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Hero, an American LGBT magazine 1997–2002 Hero (British magazine) , a men's fashion and lifestyle magazine from 2009 Hero (novel) , a 2007 novel by Perry Moore Online Hero (Taiwanese Drama); 天下無雙; Tian Xia Wu Shuang;; Ding Da Yong is a young man from a small fishing village that loves nothing more than video games Itzhak Perlman performs most of the violin solos, with additional solos by Tan Dun himself. Ziyi Zhang Director. Play Trailer; One man's strength will unite an empire. All translations are handicapped. "[22] Charles Taylor of Salon.com took an especially positive stance, deeming it "one of the most ravishing spectacles the movies have given us". Qin dreams of uniting all of China's warring kingdoms under his rule; his plans to end war, the opening narration observes, "were soaked in the blood of his enemies." Sky. Find movie and film cast and crew information for Hero (2002) - Yi Mou Zhang, Zhang Yimou on AllMovie 'Nameless' claims that he has slain the three assassins and he displays their weapons before the king, who allows the former to sit closer to him and tell him his sto… Jet Li. [9][10] Wind & Sand (風沙) is a song inspired by the film and was sung by Tony Leung. [24] Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post wrote an otherwise positive review but concluded: "The movie, spectacular as it is, in the end confronts what must be called the tyrant's creed, and declares itself in agreement with the tyrant. Cast (615) Produced by (39) Music by (2) Cinematography by (6) Film Editing by (8) Casting By (3) Production Design by (2) Art Direction by (8) Set Decoration by (3) Costume Design by (1) Makeup Department (47) Production Management (8) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director (45) Enterprise is planning a trip to the relaxation planet Risa, when it gets an urgent request from the Vulcan High Command. Their lives intertwine as a devastating event must be prevented. "[7] Because of the assassination attempt, no visitors are to approach the king within 100 paces. The movie was finally released in American theaters on 27 August 2004 after intervention by Disney executives, Government of China and Quentin Tarantino, who helped secure an English-subtitled release. Doyle compared their story to Rashomon, as it has an unreliable narrator and stories within stories. The colors were chosen for their aesthetic reasons, and not symbolic ones, and the colors orange and pink were not considered as options, and Doyle was dismissive of universal theories of color such as those put forward by Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. He used this technique on Sky, and asks Snow and Sword to cooperate by faking a duel with him as well. Hello all! Cast (in credits order) Scott Bakula. 1 at the American box office, where it stayed for two consecutive weeks, and went on to earn $53.7 million in the United States and $177 million worldwide.[1]. An ailing movie star comes to terms with his past and mortality. Three assassins have vowed to kill him: Broken Sword ( Tony Leung ), Flying Snow ( Maggie Cheung) and Long Sky ( Donnie Yen ). Acclaimed by critics and honored with numerous awards, HERO was nominated for both an Oscar® (2002 Best Foreign Language Film)and Golden Globe! Jack Coleman Noah 'H.R.G. This is about a Little League coach Joe Finn, whose pursuit of fame and fortune leaves him with little but broken relationships-particularly with his son. Quentin Tarantino eventually convinced Miramax to open the film in American theaters on 27 August 2004. Zhang Yimou was asked about the change at a screening in Massachusetts and said it was a problem of translation: "If you ask me if 'Our land' is a good translation, I can't tell you. The version shown in American cinemas was localized as the two-word phrase "our land" instead, which seems to denote just the nation of China rather than the whole world. Moon later gives Nameless her master's sword, telling him that the swords of Snow and Sword should remain together in death as they had in life. Dargis was impressed by the beauty of the actors and their compelling performances, "whose passions erupt as fiercely as any of the film's fights though often to more devastating effect." Hero was actually released in 2002 in China and Hong Kong. Hero (2002) PG-13 12/19/2002 (US) Drama, Adventure, Action, History 2h User Score. This review for Hero features a summary of the plot but focuses on analyzing the film’s message and meaning. Hero (2002) ← Back to main. ... Sarah MacKenzie. Use the HTML below. She then attacks Sword, and manages to wound him with Nameless's help. The next day, Nameless kills an emotionally unstable Snow before the Qin army, and claims her sword. The story about the murder of an 11-year-old boy, Rhys Jones in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007 and his parents, Melanie's and Steve's ordeal, and how Rhys's murderer and associates were eventually brought to justice. The guqin music for that scene was performed by Liu Li. Whether Zhang Yimou intended the film to also have meaning with regard to the world and world unity was at that time difficult to say. Li’s character is based on real life scholar and swordsman Jing Ke who attempted to assassinate the Qin Emperor. Common people discover that they have super powers. Jonathan Archer. Credited cast: Christopher Purdy ... Matty Paul Fox ... Mark Crissy Rock ... Mum Margaret Spiteri ... Mrs. Prescott Anne Boylan ... Grandma Rest of cast … ", "Hero soundtrack CD track list at YesAsia.com", "Disney in Talks On Independence For a Weinstein. Jet Li is “Nameless” a small time prefect and master swordsman, so named as he was found as an orphan and not named. When Snow learns that Sword convinced Nameless to forgo the assassination, she furiously attacks Sword and unintentionally kills him when he chooses not to defend himself so that she would understand his feelings for her. The Scorpion King is a 2002 American action-adventure fantasy film directed by Chuck Russell, starring Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Hu, Grant Heslov and Michael Clarke Duncan.It is a spin-off of The Mummy franchise and launched The Scorpion King film series.The film marks Johnson's first lead role. To watch Hero is to watch visual poetry, and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor as the end credits started rolling.. Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty redefine the meaning of Love, Rebel and Freedom! A heartbroken and angry Sword makes love to his pupil Moon, and is seen by Snow. (2002). However, he states that the King has underestimated Sword, and tells the true story. Hero was first released in China on 24 October 2002. They must pick up ambassador V'Lar who has fallen in disgrace. Maggie Cheung. He tosses his own sword to Nameless and examines the scroll drawn by Sword. Title: Hero is one of my favorite movies since I was 7. Here, They're Either Remade, Held Hostage or Released with Little Fanfare. "[21] Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune called it "swooningly beautiful, furious and thrilling" and "an action movie for the ages. CAST. [27], Zhang Yimou himself maintained that he had absolutely no political points to make. Snow agrees to the plan, but Sword refuses. There has been some criticism of the film for its American-release translation of one of the central ideas in the film: Tiānxià (天下) which literally means "Under heaven", and is a phrase to mean "the World". "[14] In Cause: The Birth of Hero—a documentary on the making of Hero—Zhang mentions that he hopes the film will have some contemporary relevance, and that, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks (which took place just before the movie was filmed) the themes of universal brotherhood and "peace under heaven" may indeed be interpreted more globally, and taken to refer to peace in "the world. The desert sequences were shot near the border with Kazakhstan.[8]. Realizing the wisdom of these words, Nameless abandons his mission and spares the king. Directed by Patrick R. Norris. Top Billed Cast. For its release in Belgium, two years before the U.S. release, the subtitled translation was "all under heaven". The next day, Nameless "kills" Snow in front of the Qin army. ... Capt. Jolene Blalock. Jet Li The Warrior. The theme song, Hero (英雄), composed by Zhang Yadong and Lin Xi, was sung by Faye Wong. The film was scored by Tan Dun, who also conducted the China Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus for the recording. She concludes: "less than the sum of its attractive parts, it's nonetheless generally pleasurable. Cast 27. Check out our gallery. A boy and a girl find themselves stuck in a whirlpool of such intense love that they would do anything, go to any extent and face all odds for the one they love. A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. Every word has different meanings in different cultures. "[18] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 85 out of 100 based on 42 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Hero (Chinese: 英雄; pinyin: Yīng Xióng) is a Chinese martial arts, drama and adventure film of the wuxia genre, directed by Zhang Yimou with music by Tan Dun.It was released in 2002. While Mum ... View production, box office, & company info, Cine Terapia: Cine Terapia - Alejandro Ramírez Rojas. After passing the law board exams, Kuryu becomes a prosecutor. Import DVDs of the film were sold online and Miramax demanded that the sites cease selling the DVD.[11]. A fraudster gets to fulfill his childhood dream of being a superhero when he takes on a ruthless businessman whose business strategy is to crush the dreams of children. Author. Cast. On 27 August 2004, after a long delay, Hero opened in 2,175 North American screens uncut and subtitled. Nevertheless, there were several film critics who felt the film had advocated autocracy and reacted with discomfort. [1] 'secret') is a 2002 Indian supernatural horror film directed by Vikram Bhatt.The film stars Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea as a couple who have moved to Ooty to save their failing marriage. [17], On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 95% based on 208 reviews, with an average rating of 8.19/10. She then proceeds to meet Nameless before the Qin army, while the recovering Sword watches helplessly as Snow is defeated. J. Hoberman of The Village Voice deemed it to have a "cartoon ideology" and justification for ruthless leadership comparable to Triumph of the Will. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Moon … Kohei Kuryu is a former juvenile delinquent who drops out of junior high and goes on to earn a high school equivalent diploma. With Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating. The king understands that it describes the ideal warrior, who, paradoxically, should have no desire to kill. Broken Sword Maggie Cheung. He proves himself by demonstrating that the technique is highly accurate as well as deadly. [30], "Worldwide, Asian Films Are Grossing Millions. 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"[3] Richard Corliss of Time described the film as being like "Rashomon with a Mandarin accent" and compared the film to House of Flying Daggers but said "Hero is the masterpiece", adding that "it employs unparalleled visual splendor to show why men must make war to secure the peace and how warriors may find their true destiny as lovers. The stories are dominated by the colors red, blue, and white. Zhang had initially wanted to use different cinematographers and shooting styles, but that proved impractical. ... Harmon Rabb, Jr. Catherine Bell. Director Zhang Yimou collaborated with Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle to help realize his plan to divide the film visually into five sections, each dominated by a particular color. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai. Nameless explains that he can use this technique to kill the king, but to get close enough he must present one of their weapons to the king; he further explains that he only needs to kill one of them in public in order to accomplish his goal. He tells Sword that he is there to commission a calligraphy scroll with the character for "Sword" (劍), secretly seeking to learn Sword's skill through his calligraphy. Author. As the tale concludes, the king expresses disbelief and accuses Nameless of staging the duels with the assassins; he had, in the previous assassination attempt, perceived Sword as an honourable man who would not betray Snow in that manner. Wang Bin. This FAQ is empty. Nameless admits that he does indeed possess the special technique the king alluded to. [29] Hero was listed at 77th place on this list. Hero grossed $53.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $123.7 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $177.4 million. Notes: • In what has become a legendary injustice, the Disney/Miramax consortium has not released Hero in the United States as of February 2004. Add the first question. Chen Daoming. Flying Snow Donnie Yen. Ever wonder what A Christmas Story star Peter Billingsley and other adorable kids from holiday movies look like now? Cast and crew. Maggie Cheung Flying Snow. When it first came out my dad was the one who rented it and I saw it with him. Raaz (lit. Cast (in credits order) David James Elliott. Donnie Yen. However, what they find in their new home is more than they expected when a ghost starts haunting the place. It's 1982 and Matty's big brother Mark, joins the army and sees action in the Falklands War. He says that Sky was certain Snow would avenge him, challenges Snow to a duel the next day. ... Dr. Phlox. Moon. When Mark returns, Matty witnesses the soldier's increasingly disturbed behaviour. The brilliant acting skills of Jet Li were a great advantage to the movie. Determined to win back his son and... See full summary ». Making up the film’s conspiratorial trio of skilled swordsman whose previously failed attempt on the King’s life sent them into exile include; Tony Chieu … Snow angrily accuses Sword of ruining the opportunity they had three years ago, revealing that Sword had overpowered the king of Qin during their assault on his palace three years prior, but had refused to kill him. Jet Li. At his court's urging, the king reluctantly orders Nameless to be executed at the Qin palace for his assassination attempt, understanding that in order to unify the nation, he must enforce the law and use Nameless as an example. [13] In addition, a sword held by Jet Li's character in the original promotional poster was replaced by weapon resembling a katana, a Japanese weapon, in the North American promotional poster, which was both anachronistic and culturally misplaced. Nameless. Overwhelmed with sorrow, Snow commits suicide. Jet Li Tony Leung Chiu-Wai Maggie Cheung Donnie Yen Zhang Ziyi Chen Daoming Liu Zhong Yuan Zheng Tia Yong Yan Qin Chang Xiao Yang James Hong Xia Bin Hua Cao Hei Zi Ma Wen Hua Xu Kuang Hua Li Lei Emil Lin Liu Jie Bruce Locke Jin Ming Angela Oh Peng Qiang James Sie Elizabeth Sung Shou Xin Wang Yakun Zhang. It's 1982 and Matty's big brother Mark, joins the army and sees action in the Falklands War. Once the scroll is complete, Nameless reveals his identity and reveals that Snow and Sky had been together as lovers. Nameless also learns that Snow and Sword, who are lovers, have gradually grown distant. The website's critics consensus reads, "With death-defying action sequences and epic historic sweep, Hero offers everything a martial arts fan could ask for. As a result, the king has implemented extreme security measures: no visitors are allowed to approach the king within 100 paces. It became the first Chinese-language movie to place No. Hero is the kind of film that often imitated, but never duplicated here in the States. Sword later explains to Nameless that he let the king live because he desired a unified, peaceful China, and that only the king of Qin could achieve that vision. • Jet Li as Nameless (simplified Chinese: 无名; traditional Chinese: 無名; pinyin: Wúmíng) An unknown prefectof a small province, orphaned at an early age. He is the primary conspirator to assassinate the king, but ultimately decides that China's unification and peace are more important than vengeance. Starring Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo, it is the second part of the season-themed Endless Love series directed by Yoon Seok-ho.Filming primarily took place on the resort island of Namiseom and Seoul. Chen Daoming King of … Forged into a master swordsman over years of training, Nameless possesses the singular technique "Death at Ten Paces" (十步一殺 Shíbù yīshā) allowing him to strike precisely within that distance. The king, touched by the tale and Sword's understanding of his dream to unify China, ceases to fear Nameless. He then sends Nameless off to the Qin capital, writing the words Tianxia in the sand before leaving in order to persuade Nameless to reconsider the assassination. In the king's hypothetical version of the story, Nameless seeks out Snow and Sword after staging the battle with Sky, telling them that he has perfected a special technique that allows him to kill any target that is within ten paces. Nameless claims that he has slain the three assassins, and their weapons are displayed before the king, who allows the former to approach within ten paces and tell him his story. Flying Snow. [5][6] The film received positive reviews from critics. Hero als… The film opened in China in October 2002, where it grossed $30 million. That special sets up the lead-in for the 2007 feature film. "[15][16] The phrase was later changed in television-release versions of the film. Zhang Ziyi. The overall framing story is darker with shades of black, and flashbacks are shown in vibrant greens. Nameless receives a hero's funeral and a closing text identifies the king as Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Hero (2002) Cast: Jet Li , Tony Leung Chiu-Wai , Maggie Cheung , Donnie Yen , Zhang Ziyi , Chen Dao-Ming , Liu Zhong Yuan , Zheng Tia Yong Director: Zhang Yimou [28], In 2014, Time Out polled several film critics, directors, actors and stunt actors to list their top action films. At that time, it was the most expensive project[3] and one of highest-grossing motion pictures in China. It is unavailable in the American versions of the film DVD and soundtrack album. This film is proof positive that it is possible for a film to stand on only style points, with the actual story taking a backseat. Miramax owned the American-market distribution rights, but delayed the release of the film a total of six times. [12][5][6] Tarantino also offered to lend his name to promotional material for the film in order to attract box office attention to it; his name was attached to the credits as "Quentin Tarantino Presents". In ancient China during the Warring States period, Nameless, a Qin prefect, arrives at the Qin capital city to meet the king of Qin, who has survived multiple attempts on his life by the assassins Long Sky, Flying Snow, and Broken Sword. [7] [4] Miramax Films bought the American market distribution rights, but delayed the release of the film for nearly two years. Hero King of Qin. Snow kills Sword in revenge, and later Moon when she attempts to seek vengeance for her master. A majority of the tracks feature Japanese taiko drum ensemble Kodō. 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