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Hero (2002)

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A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

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Broken Sword (as Tony Leung Chiu-Wai)
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Flying Snow (as Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk)
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Moon (as Zhang Ziyi)
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Sky
Zhongyuan Liu ...
Old scholar
Tianyong Zheng ...
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Qin Guard #4
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Qin Guard #1
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Storyline

In ancient China, before the reign of the first emperor, warring factions throughout the Six Kingdoms plot to assassinate the most powerful ruler, Qin. When a minor official defeats Qin's three principal enemies, he is summoned to the palace to tell Qin the story of his surprising victory. Written by Yocke

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Rated PG-13 for stylized martial arts violence and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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27 August 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$687,653 (Hong Kong) (27 December 2002)

Gross:

$84,961 (USA) (18 September 2015)
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The emperor remarks, after hearing Nameless tell him that there are 19 ways to write the word "sword", that he would solve this problem. In history, he succeeded in enforcing only one writing system in the whole of China. This way, whatever dialect people speak, they would be using the same set of characters making communication a lot easier. See more »

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When Nameless shows Sky's broken spear to Broken Sword and Snow, he had directed them to meet at midnight - yet when he leaves, it is clearly the middle of the day, as a building is visible in sunlight through the doorway. See more »

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Nameless: [voiceover] I was orphaned at a young age and was never given a name. People simply called me Nameless. With no family name to live up to, I devoted myself to the sword. I spent ten years perfecting unique skills as a swordsman. The King of Qin has summoned me to court, for what I have accomplished has astonished the kingdom.
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Beautiful.
13 December 2004 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

In all honesty, Hero required a bit more patience than I thought. Tarantino wanted to present this movie to North American audiences so I thought there would have been more action, but surprise! There is much drama in Hero and the movie begins with one intention and unfolds, in a deceptively beautiful fashion, into a legend that is much larger than the characters themselves are involved! Why did it have to take so long to prove such a point?

Anyway, a man who shall remain Nameless has dispatched the kingdom's three top assassins, thus easing the King's mind that he could sleep at night. But the King is curious and we see the true story and how the tale unfolds.

The fights are beautiful. The battle between Snow and Moon, though lopsided, was a joy. It was art in itself. But overall, be patient. With the many changes in the story, I lost my concentration adjusting to it. But any fan of martial arts and drama must see this movie. It is that elegant.


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