Favorite Foreign Films: Hero (2002)

Film: Hero
Country: China
Director: Zhang Yimou

Built around the core story of a nameless assassin attempting to get within striking distance of a king, Hero unfolds as a series of flashback narratives told by Nameless at the king’s request. Nameless claims to have killed three famous assassins to protect his king, and it is their stories, as well as his battles with them, which are the subject of his tales. The use of color in this film is unmatched, and remains one of the most visually stunning films I’ve seen. It’s also a powerhouse of a martial arts movie, bursting with big names- Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, and Donnie Yen.
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