Bear Martial Arts

Hero (2002)



 Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ziyi Zhang, Maggie Cheung, Donnie Yen



 Yimou Zhang


 The Story in a Nutshell

 Set in ancient China, before the first emperor, the seven states / kingdoms are at war, and plotting to assassinate the  most powerful of their rulers, a man known as Qin. When a unknown man defeats 3 of Qin's most fearsome enemies,  he is summoned to Qin's palace to tell the tale of his victories.


 Martial Arts Styles Used

 Kung Fu


 Weapons Used

 Straight Sword, Chinese Spear, Chinese Curved Knife / Dagger


 In Summary

 With star performances from an all-star cast, Hero is rightly acclaimed as one of the most beautifully shot martial arts  movies of all times.

 The fight scenes in breathtaking scenery, using the same physics-defying combat sequences as "Crouching Tiger  Hidden Dragon", do not disappoint. The action throughout the film is perfectly done, with the perfect balance between  martial arts skill and superhero-like powers.

 Jet Li is a little subdued in this film outside of the action sequences, although he fails to disappoint when the fighting  starts. The outstanding performances go to Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, with their scenes eclipsing all others in  the film. 

 Our only real criticism of the film has to be the pace of the film outside of the action. The scenes between our  nameless hero and the King are not as good as they should be, and really do not live up to the rest of the film. They  are of course the narrative of the film, adding storyline to the fight sequences, but you can't help but feel that there  could be more to them.

 This slow pace outside of the action is the only reason why we have not given Hero 5 out of 5. If Crouching Tiger  Hidden Dragon and Fearless can add so much richness to their action scenes with a good story to go with them, then  it's a shame that Hero can't as well. 


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 Rating: 4/5

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 Author: The Bear Martial Arts Team 

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