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

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Director:
Writers:
Feng Li (screenplay) &
Yimou Zhang (screenplay) ...
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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 41 wins & 32 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent See more (845 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 ... King (as Chen Dao Ming)

Donnie Yen ... Sky
Zhongyuan Liu ... Scholar (as Liu Zhong Yuan)
Tianyong Zheng ... Old Servant (as Zheng Tian Yong)
Yan Qin ... Prime Minister
Chang Xiao Yang ... General
Yakun Zhang ... Commander (as Zhang Ya Kun)
Ma Wen Hua ... Head Eunuch
Jin Ming ... Eunuch
Xu Kuang Hua ... Pianist
Shou Xin Wang ... Musician
Heizi ... Seven Qin Guards (as Hei Zi)
Hua Cao ... Seven Qin Guards
Li Lei ... Seven Qin Guards
Xia Bin ... Seven Qin Guards
Peng Qiang ... Seven Qin Guards
Jie Liu ... Seven Qin Guards
Zhang Yi ... Seven Qin Guards
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Hong ... Qin Emperor (voice: English version)

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

Bruce Locke ... Sky (voice: English version)

Angela Oh ... Moon (voice: English version)

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

Elizabeth Sung ... Flying Snow (voice: English version)

Tielin Zhang ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Yimou Zhang 
 
Writing credits
Feng Li (screenplay) &
Yimou Zhang (screenplay) &
Bin Wang (screenplay)

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 (director of photography)
 
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
Ji Wei-Hua .... makeup artist
Shudong Yang .... makeup artist (as Yang Shu-Dong)
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
Guonan Liu .... 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
De Wen Bai .... props assistant
Rowan e Cassidy .... matte painter (as Rowan Cassidy)
Gao De Zhong .... set dresser
Liu Jin Guo .... set dresser
Zhongquan Hu .... assistant set dresser (as Hu Zhong Quan)
Yi Hua .... sketch artist
Yuchen Ji .... props assistant
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
Xue Jun Wang .... draftsman (as Wang Xue Jun)
Ming Wu .... storyboard artist
Liu Yi .... assistant set dresser
Yang Zhan Yi .... assistant set dresser
Xiao Dan Zhao .... property master
 
Sound Department
Lai Jia Bin .... sound technician
Steve Burgess .... sound editor
Bruce Emery .... dolby consultant
Li Pei Gen .... sound assistant
Wei He .... sound effects editor
Wei He .... sound technician
Yu Hou .... sound assistant
Peng Jiang .... second sound assistant
Tao Jun Jie .... sound technician
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 .... re-recording mixer
Roger Savage .... supervising sound editor
Guoli Si .... sound assistant (as Si Guo Li)
Blair Slater .... foley mixer & editor
Blair Slater .... foley recordist
Jing Tao .... sound
Jing Tao .... supervising sound editor
Mario Vaccaro .... foley artist
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
Rowan e Cassidy .... matte painter (as Rowan Cassidy)
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
Patricio Ducaud .... visual effects artist
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
Graham Olsen .... digital compositor
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
Xia Bin .... stunts
Hua Cao .... stunts
Siu-Tung Ching .... action director
Shi Feng .... stunts
Wen Biao Hu .... stunts
Zhao Hui .... stunts
Feng Iang .... stunts
Li Fang Jin .... stunts
Li Lei .... stunts
Cai Li .... action choreographer
Cai Li .... martial arts coordinator (as Li Cai)
Li Ou .... stunts
Peng Qiang .... stunts (as Qiang Peng)
Kang Min Tang .... stunts (as Tang Kang Min)
Huang Tao .... stunts
Wei Tung .... action director
Wei Tung .... fight choreographer (as Tung Wei)
Wen Hua Wang .... stunts
Zhao Hui Wang .... stunts
Li Wei .... stunts
Jack Wai-Leung Wong .... action choreographer
Jack Wai-Leung Wong .... martial arts coordinator (as Wong Wai Leung)
Din Yong .... stunts
Sun Yong .... stunts
Bai Lin Yuh .... stunts
Jin Zhang .... stunts (as Zhang Jin)
Nan Zhang .... stunts (as Zhang Nan)
Xin Xin Zheng .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jin Cao .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences
Yong Qiang Cao .... electrician
Jasmine Yuen Carrucan .... assistant camera (as Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan)
Zhu Xiang Chen .... assistant camera
Song De Hua .... assistant camera
Yu Jian Dong .... electrician
Zi Ying Feng .... electrician
Xing Hai Gao .... assistant camera
Yong Hou .... additional camera operator
Dongsheng Jiang .... electrician (as Jian Dong Sheng)
Yu Ping Kong .... camera grip
Baoquan Li .... Steadicam operator (as Bao Quan Li)
Wu Jun Li .... generator operator
Zhang Li .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences
Zu Rong Li .... still photographer
Brett Matthews .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Yoshio Sato .... still photographer
Ji Chao Wang .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences
Lihong Wang .... best boy electric
Tianlin Wang .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences (as Tian Lin Wang)
Chao Wei .... camera grip
Guo Dong Wei .... generator operator
Fusen Xu .... camera grip (as Fu Sen Xu)
Huajie Zhang .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences
Chuncheng Zhao .... assistant camera (as Zhao Chun Cheng)
Xiaoding Zhao .... camera operator
Ai Jun Zhu .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Zeng Qing Chun .... costumer
Jin-Hua Gu .... costumer (as Gu Jin Hua)
Bao-Rong Huang .... wardrobe supervisor
Zhu Run Sen .... costumer
Ming Zhu .... 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
 
Location Management
Yong Hou .... location scout
 
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
Bruce Hwang Chen .... assistant: producer
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)
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
Felicia 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:
China:107 min (Director's Cut) | USA:96 min (Theatrical Version)
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-11 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (bw) | Iceland:L (original rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Ireland:12 | Malaysia:18SG | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 (dvd rating) | Netherlands:12 (original rating) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Norway:11 | Peru:Apt | 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:
Miramax originally acquired the U.S. distribution rights in 2002 after the film's huge success in Asia. However, the film did not receive its U.S. theatrical release until 2004. Before the release of the official U.S. version, the film gained a cult following in the States via "official" copies of the DVD from other countries.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 27 mins) 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
References Ran (1985)See more »

FAQ

What musical instrument was the old man playing near the beginning of the movie?
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135 out of 187 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, 22 January 2003
Author: mrwiseguy from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

While i enjoyed this movie very much, i believe Hero will get the kinds of reviews and responses that Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (CTHD) did, and still does, ie. either you liked it very much, or you couldn't see what the fuss was all about. This dichotomy of opinions makes for interesting study because it seems to cut across cultural and intellectual differences. Everywhere the film is shown, there will a segment of the audience that will love and rave about it, and another segment that will be wondering if they had been watching the same movie. I can't explain why this is so, but i suspect it has a lot to do with a viewer's initial expectation of the movie, and then his perception and appreciation of the nuances in the telling of the storyline.

Hero is a film that is beautiful in many aspects. The direction and photography is artsy without being pretentious. Every shot is worthy of being a work of art in itself. The language spoken is traditional mandarin, but oh, so easy to the ear, even though i couldn't understand every word. (I don't think Tony's and Maggie's voices were dubbed, but i could be mistaken). The main characters were very well acted out, especially that of the role of the Qin Emperor. Zhang Ziyi's character was largely insignificant though, so i think she's been put in to add some star power to the production. The fighting scenes are unusual by most standards, employing an interesting combination of CGI and real action. Some of the powers that the characters possess appear too amazing to be true, but remember that some of the fights only took place in the fighters' imagination. The music, though quite similar to that in CTHD, is appropriate, and sticks hauntingly to the back of your mind long after the movie is over.

I went to the cinema having heard some of the hype leading to the movie, but with no real knowledge of the storyline, and not expecting a lot. I think that helped me enjoy the movie more, because the way the story unfolded actually set me thinking and anticipating in a manner that i could not have had i known more about the storyline. The message at the end of the movie is simple, but certainly open for debate. In fairness, i don't think the director attempted to provide an answer, as to whether the decision made by the Nameless One was the correct one or not, but rather to ask questions. I'd better not give out too much here, but it certainly set me thinking about things for a little while after the show had ended. These days, any movie that can get me pondering after the credits go down has got to be pretty good.

Overall an excellent movie. I'm sure some areas could be better, but i can't think of any right now. Highly recommended.

Score: 8.5/10

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