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 cityonfire.com | Hero
The films focus seems to be on the relationship between Broken Sword and Flying Sword so Jet has little to work with but he does fine with what he has, that's not a criticism of his acting, just his character.
Every aspect of this film combines some of the most talented people in the industry, and this proves to be a powerful driving force behind this Epic film.
The film was beautifully shot, in the epic scale, angles (during intimate scenes and during fight scenes), and use of color.
www.cityonfire.com /hkfilms/gh/hero.html   (2028 words)

 Filmtracks: Hero (Tan Dun)
The film nominations for an Oscar and Golden Globe in 2002 for the foreign film categories, but was never fully distributed in the West.
Like the first film, he assembled immense talent for the project, recording with the China Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, the KODO Drummers of Japan, the Ancient Rao Ensemble of the Changsha Museum, soprano You Yan, and guqin (lute) performer Liu Lu, with sessions in China, Japan, and New York.
There are no individual standout cues --consistency is one of the trademark aspects of Dun's work for these films-- although pronounced performances by the soprano and lute player were limited and may have served the score better had they been used in a greater capacity.
www.filmtracks.com /titles/hero.html   (891 words)

 LIBERTAS » Blog Archive » Hero and Its Critics
Hero has been tarred as both Hitlerian and Maoist, but this is to understand the film in the most limited way, as a bare plot in which a man sacrifices himself to the larger purpose of an autocratic state.
Scenario aside, the film has far more in common with Nietzsche’s exultation of the transcendent individual than with Hitler’s exultation of the race, and its notion that history is the lengthened shadow of a few great men, types of the artist, could not be farther from communist ideology.
In its essence, the film is a reverent – indeed a longing – paean to the traditional culture of the Chinese literati, the very culture that the present regime in Beijing successfully destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.
www.libertyfilmfestival.com /libertas/index.php?p=37   (1535 words)

 "LAST" ACTION HERO: Film Freak Central Interviews The Last Just Man Director Steven Silver
At once a startling exposé on the horror of Rwanda's 1994 genocide and a stirring portrait of heroism, Steven Silver's fantastic documentary The Last Just Man is a balanced, provocative film that demonstrates a steady hand at the rudder and an educator's philosophy at the helm.
It is wrenching and difficult to consider one's own life from the same perspective once watched--thus it fulfills the noblest aspirations of the medium: to move, to inspire, to edify, all so professionally composed that it manages to disguise its mechanism.
Film was just a medium through which I could engage a lot of people and still feel as though I were staying involved.
www.filmfreakcentral.net /argus/ssilverinterview.htm   (1349 words)

 Hero (2002)
The film works better in parts than as a whole, and the oversimplified politics could raise the eyebrows of the initiated.
The film posits that Ying Zheng's quest to conquer China is as much about protection as it is about tyranny, a version of events that not all historians may find agreeable.
This is a film that still could satisfy both lovers of art and commercial filmmaking, though perhaps not as universally as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon did.
www.lovehkfilm.com /reviews/hero_2002.htm   (1896 words)

 Zhang Ziyi CSC: Hero: Review 1
Having anxiously awaited my chance to view the film, I was elated when it finally began; the usual attitude of nonchalance which accompanies first viewings of even eagerly awaited films was absent, and my attention was fully with the film from the very first frame.
By the point of the film where Flying Snow and Moon duel, I was totally seduced by the film's fantastic visual flair, and by the absolutely brilliant contrasts in the film's tempos and color schemes.
Indeed, once the film's narrative is set upon the remembrances of Chin Huang-di himself, the romance and emotional impact of the film is sharpened considerably.
csc.ziyi.org /filmography/hero/review01.html   (1377 words)

 Film Noir and the Hard-Boiled Detective Hero, by John Blaser
The makers of this new type of detective film seemed to recognize that if they were going to create a new cinematic view of the world, they also would have to create a completely new hero to exist in that world.
This film centers around a newspaper reporter who testifies as a witness in a murder trial in which an innocent man is found guilty.
In all three films, Marlowe exhibits the code of personal integrity and professional responsibility (to paraphrase George Grella) that he shares with Sam Spade and that is crucial to his status as a hero.
www.lib.berkeley.edu /MRC/noir/hb-all.html   (3321 words)

 Hero - Jef - Film-Critiques
He’s listed on the IMDB credits as being the “Presenter” which is someone who introduces a film, either via a narrative voice over, or it could mean that he is an executive producer.
Perhaps it was because Quentin really liked this film, and somehow used his pull to get Miramax to brush the cobwebs off this film, and release it here in the USA.
The film was originally released in 2002, so it’s been sitting on the shelf for two years.
www.film-critiques.com /Hero_1J.html   (843 words)

 Hollywood Gothique: Hero (2004) - Review
HERO is one of the best films of its kind and one of the most beautiful films ever made.
This is a film in which every fight is layered beneath falling rain, wind-blown flower petals, or whirling curtains—a colorful feast for the eyes that should appeal even to those who do not appreciate martial arts films in general.
The film created a small controversy when it was released, based on the accusations by some that it conveyed a pro-communist message.
www.hollywoodgothique.com /HERO2002.html   (618 words)

 Hero - Chinese Movie - Chinese Art
Hero (Chinese languageChinese: 英雄; pinyin: yīng xióng) is a film first released in China on October 24, 2002.
These critics argue that the ulterior meaning of the film is the triumph of security and stability over liberty and human rights and that the concept of all under heaven is used to justify the incorporation of Tibet within the People's Republic of China and promote the reunification of Taiwan with mainland China.
However defenders of Zhang Yimou and his film point out that the Chinese government's support of "Hero" is hardly different to the US army providing support to film makers portraying the US military in a positive light.
www.famouschinese.com /virtual/Hero   (737 words)

 Planet Bollywood: Film Review: Hero No. 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Hero No. 1 is inspired by Bawarchi, an old time classic by Hrishikesh Mukerjee.
There is little doubt that Hero No.1 will end up becoming a successful film like the duos other collaborations, but this film, like last year's Saajan Chale Sasural, does not have the punch and verve of their earlier films together.
When Govinda and Dhawan were earlier lambasted by critics unfairly for their earlier bouts of making "vulgar films", the duo backed off and has begun trying to make more family-oriented comedies; it did not work.
www.indolink.com /Film/hero.html   (506 words)

 Animal Logic: Film - Hero   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Hero, the latest film from Chinese director Zhang Yimou, is an epic retelling of the two thousand year old story of the first Emperor to unify China.
Based on one of the many mythical characters of this time, Hero is a powerful story of mysticism and legend which centres round assassin Nameless, played by Jet Li in his first Chinese role for more than a decade.
From the effects through to its cast, Hero is a visually stunning film.
www.animallogic.com /film/hero/index.html   (323 words)

 Hero film review
As befits a film dealing with codes of behaviour and honor in ancient China, Hero is a spacious work of quiet strength, filled with an imperious dignity bestowed on it by highly acclaimed director Zhang Zimou.
It was only after the film gained almost cult-like status as a result of imported DVD copies, and Quentin Tarantino added his endorsement, that it finally reached the cineplexes.
Hero may be sparing with its words, but its eloquence comes from its wondrous imagery.
www.tiscali.co.uk /entertainment/film/reviews/hero.html   (731 words)

 Film Roar: Hero [Ying Xiong] (2002)
I first heard about Hero (2002) when it set records for most expensive movie produced in China as well as overseas box-office records in 2002.
Hero is a movie that is truly deserving of the adjective 'epic' and is not only worth watching but very much deserving of being seen in a movie theater with a large, clear screen and a top notch sound system.
Hero is different, its all about the art colour and cinematography of every shot.
www.geekroar.com /film/archives/000629.php   (813 words)

 Reviews: Hero - Christianity Today Movies
Hero is one of those rare works of art that serves both as an intimate character drama and as a national myth.
Hero is about the way that the spread of an empire can all too easily devalue and destroy the valuable distinctions defined by the language, personality, and artistry of differing cultures.
The film is called Hero, not Heroes, and it is clear that the film's most revered character is not the king, but the one who makes an impassioned appeal for the end of violence.
www.christianitytoday.com /movies/reviews/hero.html   (3771 words)

 Slant Magazine - Film Review: Hero
The film is less narratively underwhelming but it's infinitely more dazzling and spiritually profound.
Hero is essentially a chamber piece and it employs a Rashomon-like narrative mechanism throughout its 90 minutes that's every bit in service of the film as its sumptuous mise-en-scène, delirious pacing, and eye-popping aerial effects.
Hero is alive with Chinese history, electrified by the dizzying sensuality of its convoluted love triangle, and ennobled by its acknowledgement of basic Taoist principles (indeed, trust is the film's weapon of choice).
www.slantmagazine.com /film/film_review.asp?ID=659   (232 words)

They were filming at Rattlesnake Hill, known to most locals, and the crew and cast found the name appropriate, spotting more than thirty rattlers even before the cameras began to roll.
One critic wrote of Murphy's performance, "Audie Murphy, whose heroic exploits in real life make him ideally suited for and extra believable, does his usual commendable restrained job in super heroic roles." Audie Murphy was a believable killer on the screen because of his experiences as a killer during the war.
Hero, actor, family man, businessman, patriot: Audie Murphy's life will be celebrated and explored this year at the Lone Pine Film Festival October 11,12,13th.
www.lonepinefilmhistorymuseum.org /featurestory1002.asp   (881 words)

 Hero - Lyn - Film-Critiques
The film is loosely based on real life historical events, or so to speak.
It is truly a pleasure to watch this film and just let it wash over you.
But all in all, is was nothing if not a breathtaking film, and I can only hope that I had seen the entire uncut version of the film originally released in Asia back in 2002.
www.film-critiques.com /Hero_1L.html   (299 words)

 Hero (film review)
Coupled with a violent lust for intimate battle choreography, the film’s war rhetoric pounds away while its softly spoken melodrama holds an elegance and grace rarely exhibited in even the most delicate modes of storytelling.
Ignoring the garble of the film’s theatrics, Hero’s pace moves along briskly enough and stops periodically to smell the roses, or in this case, to paint them red.
Deakins has a great eye for an interesting shot and is able to create a visual buffer for the film that in turn gives its more clinical story functions greater resonance.
www.infilm.com.au /reviews/hero.htm   (359 words)

 Hero film movie trailer review at The Z Review
Hero will be released in the UK on R2 DVD on the 21st February 2005.
Hero will be released in the US on R1 DVD on the 30th November 2004.
This page has no intention to infringe on the rights of the film and intellectual copyright holders of Hero and hold copyright over the movie, characters, merchandise and storyline.
www.thezreview.co.uk /comingsoon/h/hero.shtm   (255 words)

 Movie Review: Everyone's Hero - /FILM
At the same time, the film is not planted in the 1930's just for the hell of it.
One of the most exciting moments of the film is a chase scene on a train.
I hate to make generalizations, but in my experience attending family films, I've noticed that the Mother, not the Father, is usually the guardian attending the movie with their son or daughter.
www.slashfilm.com /article.php/20060915everyones-hero-movie-review   (843 words)

 Southest Asia Film Reviews - Hero - Southeast Asia
Hero, Jet Li’s 2004 film, takes place before the unification of China more than two thousand years ago.
Hero is a joy to the eyes and ears.
The film is an interesting look on the unification of China.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art28103.asp   (368 words)

There are interesting questions about what constitutes true heroism in the aptly named Hero but it's the aesthetic splendor and weird kineticism that you remember.
What leaps off the screen in Hero are the astonishing cinematography, the superlative action sequences, and the vivid colors of a world uniting just as it busts apart.
From beginning to end, Hero is a painting in motion, its fight scenes a ballet with blades.
www.rottentomatoes.com /m/hero   (960 words)

 Action man, torture hero - Film - www.theage.com.au
The film is the story of a troubled former counter-intelligence agent, played by Denzel Washington.
Another bad film with a lousy script and a good actor, dependent on explosions and bodies flying through the air.
Certainly some of these films have had a masochistic streak: the younger Eastwood was forever being beaten up or burned alive; Mel Gibson's directorial oeuvre seems to stem from his being frequently cinematically tortured; and even Denzel was whipped within an inch of his life in the civil war saga Glory.
www.theage.com.au /articles/2004/08/11/1092102515703.html   (933 words)

 Hero (2002 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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.
There has been some criticism of the film for its American-release translation of one of the central ideas in the film: 天下 (tiān xià).
One particular difference in the extended version of Hero was Moon attempting to take her life before Nameless stops her after Broken Sword left with his sword and words.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Hero_(2002_film)   (2347 words)

 Hero News - 0207-09   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
HERO is director Zhang Yimou's first attempt of appealing for a wider audience range, which proves he is a master of making the best of actions while still maintaining his own touch of an artist.
Even though his scene ended at very early of the film, the showdown between him and Jet Li and the fight in which he is opposing the seven top fighters from Qin are the only two pieces of action played by real martial artists.
The song was not attached to the film during the seven day run in Shenzhen and Beijing New Picture has no intension of including it in the final print of the film.
www.monkeypeaches.com /Heronews0210-12.html   (5135 words)

 bibloi.com ¦ film review ¦ Ying Xiong / Hero (2002)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Indeed the story of ‘Hero’ is more complicated than that: it is a story largely
China) and filmed it as a beautifully coloured fable of the genesis of a nation.
filmed water ballet that will likely go down in the annals of cinema as one of the
www.bibloi.com /performingarts/film/2002/hero.html   (674 words)

 Pulp Film Recommendations - HERO GAMES Discussion Boards   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The movie industry was in one of its heydays in the pulp era, giving GMs and players plenty of period films they can watch to get a feel for things (though many of those old movies aren’t available on VHS or DVD, or are rare).
Rather than try to list all of them, this Filmography lists a few classics, concentrating instead on modern films and television shows depicting pulp adventures that the author particularly enjoys or thinks would be helpful for gamers to watch.
It can be difficult to find nowadays, but if you can dig it up I recommend a classic 1930's film serial, Daredevils of the Red Circle, featuring a trio of circus acrobats drawn into the schemes of a mysterious mastermind villain.
www.herogames.com /forums/showthread.php?t=30062   (1166 words)

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