• Hero (2004)


Release Date: August 27th, 2004

DVD Release Date: November 30th, 2004

PG-13 |1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

In this visually arresting martial arts epic set in ancient China, an unnamed fighter (Jet Li) is being honored for defeating three of the king's most dangerous enemies. When Nameless recounts his battles with the assassins -- Broken Sword (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) and Moon (Zhang Ziyi) -- the king begins to question some of the details. As Nameless goes on, the king challenges the tales, interjecting his own take on these perhaps suspect version of events.

Cast: Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung, Donnie Yen Ji-Dan, Chen Daoming, Zhang Ziyi, Liu Zhongyuan, Tianyong Zheng

Director: Yimou Zhang

Genres: Action , Martial arts , Historical drama

Production Co: Beijing New Picture Film Co.

Distributors: Miramax Films

Keywords: Gripping, Rousing, Rivalry, Love, Quest, Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Its stars - especially the photogenic Leung and Cheung, fresh from Wong Kar Wai's jazzy romance In the Mood for Love - are wonderfully charismatic. And wonderfully athletic. show more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal

    Rich in motion -- the very clothes of the characters seem under a choreographer's direction -- as well as imagery.

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Swooningly beautiful, furious and thrilling, Zhang Yimou's Hero is an action movie for the ages. show more

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Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Foreign Language Film