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Hero (2002)

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Coming Out at 24 October 2002 in theaters

“Ying xiong”

Action, Adventure, History

Hero is wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. Starring Jet Li as the nameless protagonist, the film is based on the story of Jing Ke’s assassination attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC.

Hero was first released in China on 24 October 2002. At that time, it was the most expensive project and one of highest-grossing motion pictures in China. Miramax Films bought the American market distribution rights, but delayed the release of the film for nearly two years. Quentin Tarantino eventually convinced Miramax to open the film in American theaters on 27 August 2004. The film received positive reviews from critics. It became the first Chinese-language movie to place No. 1 at the American box office (where it stayed for two consecutive weeks) and went on to earn $53.7 million.

In ancient China during the Warring States period, Nameless, a Qin prefect, arrives at the Qin capital city to meet the king of Qin, who had survived an attempt on his life by the assassins Long Sky, Flying Snow, and Broken Sword. As a result, the king has implemented extreme security measures: no visitors are allowed to approach the king within 100 paces. Nameless claims that he has slain the three assassins and he displays their weapons before the king, who allows the former to approach within ten paces and tell him his story.

Director: Yimou Zhang

Writers: Feng Li, Yimou Zhang, Bin Wang

Stars: Jet Li, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang, Daoming Chen, Donnie Yen, Zhongyuan Liu

Cast:

Jet LiNameless
Tony Chiu-Wai LeungBroken Sword
Maggie CheungFlying Snow
Ziyi ZhangMoon
Daoming ChenKing
Donnie YenSky
Zhongyuan LiuScholar
Tianyong ZhengOld Servant
Yan QinPrime Minister
Chang Xiao YangGeneral
Yakun ZhangCommander
Ma Wen HuaHead Eunuch
Jin MingEunuch
Xu Kuang HuaPianist
Shou Xin WangMusician
HeiziSeven Qin Guards
Hua CaoSeven Qin Guards
Lei LiSeven Qin Guards
Xia BinSeven Qin Guards
Peng QiangSeven Qin Guards
Jie LiuSeven Qin Guards
Zhang YiSeven Qin Guards
James HongQin Emperor (voice)
Emil LinNameless (voice)
Bruce LockeSky (voice)
Angela OhMoon (voice)
James SieBroken Sword (voice)
Elizabeth SungFlying Snow (voice)
Bing Lei LiGuard
Tielin Zhang

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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