Tuesday, October 9, 2007
"This land doesn't know a real hero. Yet."
This post will be my third mention of a Jet Li movie (sorry), but I can't help remembering all the good movies he's made, not to mention the questionable ones too.
However, this movie deserves mention because it took films like CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON to the next level, both in action choreography and in the intellectual depth of the story.
HERO tells the story of one man (Jet Li), who defeats the legendary Kung Fu masters of a region in China in order to gain an audience with the Emperor. But don't let this simple script description fool you, there is so much beneath the surface that it would be rude of me to unveil any of it here.
Needless to say, this movie is outstanding, not only for its magnificent action but also for its drama, character depth and realism, and revolutionary scenery; a rare quality in Kung Fu movies, or any movie for that matter today.
Released in 2002, HERO stars Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi and Donnie Yen.