When I review a film, there are certain laws of nature you can count on. If its got wirework, I wont like it. If its very plotty and Heros got multiple plot lines I wont like it. If its got Jet Li, I wont like it. If its completely devoid of humor, I aint gonna like it. Well. Hero has all of these things, and its easily the best martial arts film Ive seen all year. I hate to recite plots, so once again, from the DVD case:”At the end of Chinas Warring States, the Kingdom of Qin is the most ruthless and ambitious of the seven states. Its King is the target of assassins from all over China. Of all the would-be assassins, Broken Sword, Flying Snow and Sky are the most dangerous. When Nameless kills all three, he is offered a chance to meet the King. Nameless explains to the King how he used their personal relationships to expose and attack their weaknesses, but the King tells a different version of the same story.
The plot summary alone kept me from popping this disc into the player for weeks. As I said, Im not a plotty person. Dont let it scare you, and thats all Ill say before I give something away.
Visually, Hero really is like nothing Ive ever seen before. There are color schemes for each major chapter in the story. The extras on Disc Two of this set describe them as red for “passion, blue for “romance, and white for “truth. The costumes, landscapes, and elaborate sets all change with the story. This excruciating attention to detail allows the viewer to fully enter the fantasy and enables curmudgeons like me to accept the wirework.