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Hero (2002)

Ying xiong (original title)
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A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Feng Li (screenplay), Yimou Zhang (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 46 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Zhongyuan Liu ... Scholar (as Liu Zhong Yuan)
Tianyong Zheng Tianyong Zheng ... Old Servant (as Zheng Tian Yong)
Yan Qin ... Prime Minister
Chang Xiao Yang Chang Xiao Yang ... General
Yakun Zhang Yakun Zhang ... Commander (as Zhang Ya Kun)
Ma Wen Hua Ma Wen Hua ... Head Eunuch
Jin Ming Jin Ming ... Eunuch
Xu Kuang Hua Xu Kuang Hua ... Pianist
Shou Xin Wang Shou Xin Wang ... Musician
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Storyline

Ancient China and the Qin Empire is out to conquer the six kingdoms. This makes its king a target for assassination. However, one man has single-handedly ensured the safety of the king, by killing the three most notorious assassins in the land. Treated as a hero, he is summoned for an audience with the king. Written by grantss

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One man's strength will unite an empire See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Stylistically and plot similar to The Emperor's Shadow (1996) involving the power of the Qin Emperor and sub-plot with court assassins. See more »

Goofs

(at around 3 mins) At the beginning when Nameless first walks into the courtyard and the camera pans back and forth you can clearly see the line of soldiers is only a couple of people deep. It is possible to see daylight between their legs, however when shot is shown from above the fact the entire scene is filled with soldiers would have made this impossible. 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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Alternate Versions

The Director's Cut was 107:15 minutes, compared to the theatrical version at 96:23 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie (2011) See more »

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Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful
16 September 2004 | by oldgirlSee all my reviews

It's not often that a film's visual virtuosity has the ability to hit you right between the eyes. I'm still saying 'WOW', and this may go on for days.

Every shot is a masterpiece of composition combined with fluid, stylized movements as graceful and technically precise as the strokes of a master calligrapher's brush. And the storyline is faithful to the best of the classical taoist fables. Lao Tzu and Sun Tzu breathe in every frame of this film.

I was grateful as well to the film's releasers for not dubbing it into English, which would have destroyed the unity of this grand opus.

A gorgeous film, absolutely stunning. If ever I teach AP English classes again, I will most certainly be using this film in my classes as perhaps the penultimate example of how filmmakers use color, composition, music, and movement to reinforce complex metaphorical and philosophical themes. Thank you, whomever talked US movie distributors into putting this into theaters.


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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax [United States]

Country:

China | Hong Kong | Australia

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

27 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quentin Tarantino Presents Hero See more »

Filming Locations:

Dunhuang, Gansu, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,800,000, 29 August 2004

Gross USA:

$53,710,019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,395,557
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's Cut) | (Theatrical Version) | (Amazon Video)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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