Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Hero (2002)

Directed by Yimou Zhang

Starring Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang


Just not much fun. The Rashomon-inspired story is meager, the characters are uninteresting. The martial arts and swordplay are pretty good, but the wire stunts are artificial and the effects are a few dollars short of Matrix quality. Lots of nice photography and fabulous use of color, but what for? It’s like Crouching Tiger with less story and more color.

Zhang reprises her role as an angst-ridden teenage martial artist. She’s cute when she’s mad. Nice work by the extras.

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