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Hero (2002) More at IMDbPro »Ying xiong (original title)

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Hero -- A series of Rashomon-like flashback accounts shape the story of how one man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.

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Release Date:
27 August 2004 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Kono kuni wa mada, hontô no hero wo shiranai [Japan] (This land doesn't know a real hero. Yet.) See more »
Plot:
A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 34 wins & 25 nominations See more »
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A most beautifully questionable film See more (832 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jet Li ... Nameless

Tony Chiu Wai Leung ... Broken Sword (as Tony Leung Chiu-Wai)

Maggie Cheung ... Flying Snow (as Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk)

Ziyi Zhang ... Moon (as Zhang Ziyi)

Daoming Chen ... Qin Emperor

Donnie Yen ... Sky
Zhongyuan Liu ... Old scholar
Tianyong Zheng ... Old Servant
Yan Qin ... Prime Minister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xia Bin ... Qin Guard #4
Hua Cao ... Qin Guard #2
Heizi ... Qin Guard #1

James Hong ... Qin Emperor (voice: English version)
Ma Wen Hua ... Head Eunuch
Xu Kuang Hua ... Pianist
Liu Jie ... Qin Guard #6
Li Lei ... Qin Guard #3

Emil Lin ... Nameless (voice: English version)

Bruce Locke ... Sky (voice: English version)
Jin Ming ... Eunuch

Angela Oh ... Moon (voice: English version)
Peng Qiang ... Qin Guard #5

James Sie ... Broken Sword (voice: English version)

Elizabeth Sung ... Flying Snow (voice: English version)
Chang Xiao Yang ... General
Wang Shou Xin ... Musician
Zhang Yi ... Qin Guard #7
Yakun Zhang ... The Qin guards' commander
Tielin Zhang ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Yimou Zhang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Feng Li 
Bin Wang 
Yimou Zhang 

Produced by
Shoufang Dou .... executive producer
William Kong .... producer (as Bill Kong)
Philip Lee .... line producer
Sook Yhun .... producer (english version)
Weiping Zhang .... executive producer
Yimou Zhang .... producer
Zhenyan Zhang .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Dun Tan 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle 
 
Film Editing by
Angie Lam 
Vincent Lee (documentary segment)
Ru Zhai 
 
Production Design by
Tingxiao Huo 
Zhenzhou Yi 
 
Art Direction by
Qin Hong Bo (supervising art director)
Zhong Han (supervising art director)
Tingxiao Huo 
Liu Yong Qi (supervising art director)
Bin Zhao 
 
Costume Design by
Emi Wada 
 
Makeup Department
Siu-Mui Chau .... chief hair stylist (as Chau Siu Mui)
Lee-Na Kwan .... chief makeup artist (as Lee Na Kwan)
Tam Ying Kwan .... hair stylist
Shul Niu .... assistant hair stylist
Yang Shu-Dong .... makeup artist
Ji Wei-Hua .... makeup artist
Xiaohai Yang .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tianhui Ge .... unit manager
Jane Maguire .... post-production supervisor
Zhenyan Zhang .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shi Bin .... seventh assistant director
Xiaoyang Chang .... fifth assistant director
Liu Guonan .... third assistant director (as Liu Guo Nan)
Tao Lu .... fourth assistant director (as Lu Tao)
Huan Qi .... first assistant director
Du Ming Xiang .... sixth assistant director
Jinzhan Zhang .... director: battle sequences (as Zhang Jin Zhan)
Wei Zhou .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Zhao Xiao Dan .... property master
Gao De Zhong .... set dresser
Liu Jin Guo .... set dresser
Zhongquan Hu .... assistant set dresser (as Hu Zhong Quan)
Yi Hua .... sketch artist
Wang Xue Jun .... draftsman
Li Yan Lai .... sketch artist
Ming-Shan Li .... property master (as Ming Shan Li)
Guang Lu .... props
Xiao Jun Min .... assistant to sketch artist
Jia Ren Wang .... assistant set dresser
Ming Wu .... storyboard artist
Liu Yi .... assistant set dresser
Yang Zhan Yi .... assistant set dresser
 
Sound Department
Lai Jia Bin .... sound technician
Steve Burgess .... sound editor
Li Pei Gen .... sound assistant
Wei He .... sound technician
Yu Hou .... sound assistant
Peng Jiang .... second sound assistant
Tao Jun Jie .... sound technician
Si Guo Li .... sound assistant
Francis Ward Lindsay .... sound editor
Robert Mackenzie .... sound effects editor
Andrew Neil .... sound effects editor
Glenn Newnham .... sound editor
Paul Pirola .... sound effects editor
Roger Savage .... sound re-recording mixer
Roger Savage .... supervising sound editor
Blair Slater .... foley mixer & editor
Blair Slater .... foley recordist
Jing Tao .... sound
Jing Tao .... supervising sound editor
Li Wen .... sound assistant
Andy Wright .... assistant re-recording mixer
Wang Yu .... sound assistant
Zhigang Zhang .... first sound assistant
Chris Goodes .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jance Allen .... compositor
Charlie Armstrong .... senior compositor
Kevin Baillie .... digital artist
Aaron Barclay .... lead compositor
Ryan Beadle .... digital I/O
Chris Bone .... R&D programmer
Dan Breckwoldt .... digital compositor
Andy Brown .... visual effects supervisor: Animal Logic
Ian Brown .... lighting sequence lead
Alex Brownell .... visual effects coordinator: Tweak Films
Sonia Calvert .... digital compositor
Cedrick Chan .... digital artist
YouJin Choung .... visual effects
Sarah Cloutier .... digital liaison
Fiona Crawford .... visual effects producer
Francisco DeLaTorre .... visual effects artist: Tweak Films
Jonathan Dixon .... digital liaison
Dennis Dorney .... digital lineup
David Dulac .... visual effects supervisor
Wayde Duncan-Smith .... 3D animator
Rebecca Dunn .... digital compositor
Stephen Evans .... digital compositor
Arin Finger .... visual effects coordinator: The Orphanage
Lindsay Fleay .... 3D lead
Howard Fuller .... 3D animator
Michele Gray .... visual effects producer: Tweak Films
Matthew Hendershot .... digital artist: The Orphanage
Jesse Ho .... animator
Christopher Horvath .... visual effects supervisor: Tweak Films
Jim Hourihan .... visual effects research and development: Tweak Films
Sarahjane Javelo .... digital paint/rotoscope artist
Krista Jordan .... senior compositor
Keith Leung .... wires artist
Justen Marshall .... production programmer
Ian McCamey .... visual effects editor: The Orphanage
Yvette Memory .... visual effects coordinator: The Orphanage
Lori C. Miller .... digital compositor
Saki Mitchell .... digital compositor
Cliff Mueller .... lead animator: Tweak Films
Luke O'Byrne .... visual effects producer: The Orphanage
Scott Palleiko .... technical director: Tweak Films
Guoyu Pan .... visual effects supervisor
JaeWook Park .... technical director/compositor
Ellen Poon .... visual effects supervisor
Murray Pope .... visual effects executive producer
Alex Prichard .... digital artist: The Orphanage
Dane Rapaport .... systems administrator
Jeff Renton .... 3D animator
Aaron Rhodes .... digital compositor: The Orphanage
Michael Root .... visual effects sequence supervisor: Tweak Films
Jonathan Rothbart .... visual effects supervisor: The Orphanage
Danielle Rubin .... visual effects coordinator
Marc Sadeghi .... executive visual effects producer
Richard Schlein .... visual effects executive producer: Tweak Films
Pheng Sisopha .... compositor
Christa Starr .... technical director: Tweak Films
Robert Sullivan .... video operations supervisor: Animal Logic
Chris Swinbanks .... film I/O supervisor
Ryan Tudhope .... digital artist
David Valentin .... visual effects associate producer
Ray Van Steenwyk .... animator
Sandeep Vengsarkar .... digital compositor
Carl Walters .... digital artist
Shu Qing Wang .... model maker
Frederick Wolff .... scanning and recording operator
George Zwier .... digital compositor
S. Kai Bovaird .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Ben De Luca .... systems administrator (uncredited)
Chris Godfrey .... on-set visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Laurence Lok .... roto artist (uncredited)
Kristi Valk .... digital artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Hu Wen Biao .... stunts
Xia Bin .... stunts
Hua Cao .... stunts
Siu-Tung Ching .... action director
Shi Feng .... stunts
Wang Wen Hua .... stunts
Wang Zhao Hui .... stunts
Zhao Hui .... stunts
Feng Iang .... stunts
Li Fang Jin .... stunts
Li Lei .... stunts
Cai Li .... action choreographer
Li Ou .... stunts
Huang Tao .... stunts
Wei Tung .... action director
Li Wei .... stunts
Jack Wai-Leung Wong .... action choreographer
Zheng Xin Xin .... stunts
Din Yong .... stunts
Sun Yong .... stunts
Bai Lin Yuh .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jasmine Yuen Carrucan .... assistant camera (as Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan)
Wang Ji Chao .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences
Song De Hua .... assistant camera
Wei Guo Dong .... generator operator
Yu Jian Dong .... electrician
Guo Xing Hai .... assistant camera
Yong Hou .... additional camera operator
Dongsheng Jiang .... electrician (as Jian Dong Sheng)
Cao Jin .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences
Li Wu Jun .... generator operator
Zhu Al Jun .... assistant camera
Baoquan Li .... Steadicam operator (as Bao Quan Li)
Zhang Li .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences
Brett Matthews .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Kong Yu Ping .... camera grip
Cao Yong Qiang .... electrician
Li Zu Rong .... still photographer
Yoshio Sato .... still photographer
Lihong Wang .... best boy electric
Tian Lin Wang .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences
Chao Wei .... camera grip
Chen Zhu Xiang .... assistant camera
Fusen Xu .... camera grip (as Fu Sen Xu)
Jeng Zi Ying .... electrician
Huajie Zhang .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences
Chuncheng Zhao .... assistant camera (as Zhao Chun Cheng)
Xiaoding Zhao .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Zeng Qing Chun .... costumer
Jin-Hua Gu .... costumer (as Gu Jin Hua)
Bao-Rong Huang .... wardrobe supervisor
Zhu Ming .... costumer
Zhu Run Sen .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Olivier Fontenay .... color grader
Matt Garner .... post-production executive: Miramax
Mark Griffith .... digital intermediate colorist (2008 digital restoration)
Al Hansen .... digital colorist
Antonio Mestres .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Richard King .... music scoring engineer
Simon Leadley .... music editor
Itzhak Perlman .... musician: violin solos and fiddling
Tim Ryan .... music editor
Katrina Schiller .... additional music editor
Dun Tan .... conductor
 
Other crew
Kerry Dibbs .... post production assistant
Xu Ai Dong .... production assistant
Xia Li Fu .... production assistant
Wang Li Ge .... script supervisor
Li Guang .... script supervisor
Eidan Hanzei .... adr voice replacement (as Henry Hayashi)
Yong Hou .... location scout
Zhihua Hou .... assistant to director
Zhong Hu .... production assistant
Duang Xue Jun .... cashier
Kodo .... drumming
Ming Beaver Kwei .... personal assistant: Jet Li
Stephen Lam .... production coordinator
Roger Lee .... chief accountant
Maria Lo Orzel .... creative consultant
Stanley J. Orzel .... creative consultant
Ji Pei .... script supervisor
Fellicia Pullam .... assistant: Ziyi Zhang
Wei Ran .... script supervisor
Zhang Rui .... cashier
John Salvitti .... assistant: Donnie Yen (as John Paul Salvitti)
Quentin Tarantino .... presenter (US version)
Lao Li Ya .... production coordinator
Li Yan .... assistant: Ziyi Zhang
Wei Yan Yen .... production assistant
Shi Ze Yi .... production assistant
Lei Yu .... production assistant
Jiang Zi .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ying xiong" - China (original title)
"Jet Li's Hero" - USA (promotional title)
"Quentin Tarantino Presents Hero" - USA (promotional title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for stylized martial arts violence and a scene of sensuality
Runtime:
99 min | China:107 min (extended version) | China:93 min | Turkey:89 min (TV version)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Germany:12 (bw) | Iceland:L (original rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Ireland:12 | Malaysia:18SG | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | Norway:11 | Peru:PT | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | South Korea:15 (extended version) (2014) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #39290)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This movie is the most expensive Chinese movie to date.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The number and position of arrows around the calligraphy school master changes.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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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96 out of 134 people found the following review useful.
A most beautifully questionable film, 24 December 2004
Author: the_usual_suspect from United Kingdom

After two years of hearing about the myth of the most expensive Chinese film ever made, Hero has finally floated on to British cinema screens. As it flies, it trails a coloured cloth that carries the film's numerous morals and messages which descend upon you like a soft layer of fabric. This is a film that can lift your spirits and have you laughing out in sheer joy as you gaze in wonder at the perfection of the mise-en-scene and cinematography. That is, if you let the film take you on a journey, without pondering the films questionable plot points.

Hero is two sides of a tale as presented by Nameless (Jet Li), a mere Prefect who defeated three deadly assassins, and the King of Qin (Daoming Chen), the man the assassins wished to kill. Nameless weaves his heroic though modest story of how he killed the assassins, but the King remains unconvinced, spinning his own version of how he believed events unfolded.

Director Yimou Zhang takes us through Nameless' story first, spreading the battle sequences thick, allowing them to take their own time. In the King's version, certain battles are then revised, which is remarkably brave considering that some battles are utter fabrications. In one such fictitious fight, in a faultlessly designed set, Nameless and Sky (Donnie Yen) close their eyes and fight out the battle within their minds. Screen time is being spent lavishly on showing how two characters contemplated a fight, whilst fighting each other in a battle that never occurred. It is confusing certainly, but perhaps Zhang wished for his audience to get lost in the plot's design so that they would not question the warrantability of half of the battle sequences, which make up most of the film.

Yet, it is difficult to ponder these details when they are made so utterly insignificant when viewing such a spectacle. The sheer beauty of the battles, the gentle floating of the assassins as they fly around their arenas (which range from a forest full of orange leafed trees, crisp leaves falling down to the ground like rain, to the crystal clear and calm of a mountain lake), the costumes of characters at varying stages in the story line (red for passion, green for youth, white for truth, blue for love), the amazing army scenes which feature thousands of arrows being fired into the sky to create a black cloud that descends right on top of the camera, all these elements combine to produce a faultlessly perfect image on the screen, each frame a worthy photograph that gently reminds you why cinema is the greatest art form of the twentieth century.

And characterisation is not lost in this beauty as one may have feared. Despite the irritating two dimensional performance of Zhang Ziyi as Moon, the other actors carry off fine performances, especially Tony Leung Chiu Wai as Broken Sword and Daoming Chen as the King. Their performances are especially credible as they are often drowning in the memories of the King and Nameless - they need to change slight mannerisms in order to reflect whose mind they are now in.

The script too is of an impressively high standard. The moments of clarity that the warriors feel are experienced by the audience also, and there are some very informed outlooks of the emptiness of warfare, communicating that to achieve peace, sometimes war is the only option. These messages of course seem fitting in our current times, underlining how ancient some of the methods of our governing body truly are.

Hero is undoubtedly a most beautiful and awe inspiring film. What it lacks in plot substance, it makes up for with structure and script. It elaborates on the ground work created by 'Crouching Tiger' and is an experience that I would encourage you to seek out, as long as you are willing to submit to the film and let it guide you through its world on its own terms.

Rating: 4/5

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