While Hero is technically a part of the martial arts genre, there’s much more to it than mere spectacle. The feelings and the motivations that fuel the fighting are of more importance; if you ignore that side of it you’ll be getting less than half the story.
It gathered together some of the best actors in China, all of whom gave subtly different performances for each of the interconnected stories.
Composer Tan Dun's score is as beautiful as Yimou's imagery.
5 flickering flames out of 5