Hero

2002 | Drama | 99 minutes | Mandarin with English subtitles

Info
In ancient China, during the Warring States period, the king of Qin has eluded several assassination attempts by three of his enemies, Long Sky, Flying Snow, and Broken Sword. One day, Nameless, a  warrior, informs the king  he’s killed the three assassins. Nameless tells the king  he has a special technique for killing enemies. The king is suspicious. With the assassins dead the king  fears that Nameless can be dangerous. The king is uncertain if Nameless is his loyal ally or fierce enemy. 
Cast
Chen Daoming (King of Qin) / Tony Leung (Broken Sword) / Maggie Cheung (Flying Snow) / Jet Li (Nameless) / Donnie Yen (Long Sky)
Why Stream This Film?

Hero is just as spiritual in its dramatic scenes as in its action sequences. Richard Corliss, film critic of TIME, called Hero a “masterpiece.”

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 94%
  • Metacritic Score: 85
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Foreign Language Film
  • Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Foreign Language Film
  • Berlin International Film Festival: Winner, Alfred Bauer Award (Zhang Yimou)
Led by director Zhang Yimou and dazzling cinematographer Christopher Doyle, HERO might be the most artistically sophisticated, most beautiful martial arts film the genre has seen.
Kenneth Turan

Los Angeles Times

HERO demonstrates how the martial arts genre transcends action and violence and moves into poetry, ballet, and philosophy.
Roger Ebert

RogerEbert.com

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