August 28, 2004


The asian martial arts film Hero, starring Jet Lee and being released in the states with the help of Quentin Tarantino, is out in theatres this weekend. This is definitely a film worth watching.

The story itself is very clever, told in Rashamon style: This version, another version, then finally what really happened.

But what's really impressive is the way this movie was filmed. It has the look of a grand epic, ala Cecil B. Demille, or like some of our modern epics (Gladiator comes to mind).

Each section of the film is like watching a moving piece of art. Each piece has a dominant color, depending on who's telling that part of the story.

There's also some impressive wire work in this film...Dad, this means people flying around, so you may not like it.

Bottom line, this movie is as good or maybe even better than Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. But being the sort of cult cinema it is, this may not be in theatres long, so go see it!


Blogger mithglin said...

Anything is better than Flopping Tiger Snoozing Dragon. I saw the preview of Hero with Nicholas and we both want to see it. It looks pretty interesting.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Rothar said...

That's right, I forgot you hated the former film. Not sure if you'll like this one, either. It has more action though.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't seen this one yet, but plan to.

We just watched "Courage Under Fire" which is a US military themed movie (Gulf War I) starring Meg Ryan, Denzel Washington, Matt Damon, and Lou Diamond Phillips. (Yeah, Bob's historical liberty parameter flares went off-they did some historical rewriting). I mention this film only because it is an American attempt at utilizing the Rashomon style of story telling. It was interesting.

Hope to see Hero in the upcoming weekend.

7:59 AM  

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