Master filmmaker Quentin Tarantino presents HERO - starring martial arts legend Jet Li in a visually stunning martial arts epic where a fearless warrior rises up to defy an empire and unite a nation! With supernatural skill ... and no fear ... a nameless soldier (Jet Li) embarks on a mission of revenge against the fearsome army that massacred his people. Now, to achieve the justice he seeks, he must take on the empire's most ruthless assassins and reach the enemy he has sworn to defeat!
Not a bad movie, expected more subtlety. First 45 mins seem to drag out and are overly worked with cool and atmospheric shots and direction. I believe to the point that it's too many atmospheric shots bolted together. It picks up in the last 45 mins, when the story seems to pull out it's twists and meaning. Ok martial arts, nice visuals, some terrible acting in a manga style from the female leeds (snarling and shouting Ho! whilst flying through the air - not good, especially as the female Leeds are so much better than that), though some of the visuals of characters in a manga style are superb. To see the comic books come to life with make-up and subtle eye movements - fantastic. Watch and see the difference bewteen translating the manga understated and the manga overstated.
I've bought this film pior to hiring it, I will watch it again, but only for some of the movie, unlike "Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon" which is just a beautiful and complete movie, period.