place in ancient China, when seven kings divided it. Then, the
ruler of the Qin section threatens to overtake the other six.
It takes time for the story to become interesting,
but the beautiful costumes, gorgeous sets, amazing over-the-top
battle, and an outstanding color scheme make for one of the most
lavish martial-arts films to date.
It's so breathtaking that you're willing
to forgive the subtitles and lagging pace.
Chinese film is literally magical--you
must suspend belief in the laws of physics just to enjoy its
And that rich tapestry is color, which
is shown throughout, not just for good art direction but also
as an identifier.
Told in a Rashomon style of multiple
perspectives, Hero unfolds 2,000 years ago, when China
was divided into seven warring factions.
Shown more as myth than reality, it attempts
to explain how actions become legends and how one man becomes
a Chinese spectacle, dated back some 2,000 years ago, when China
was divided into seven kingdoms, and all were battling for control
of the land.
The most powerful king was determined to
unify the land and become supreme ruler through the use of force.
The movie is stylish, with amazing gravity-defying
martial art moves.
The film is a model example of the art
of expressing visual beauty.