September 9, 2005


I must have decided not to write an entry for Hero the first time I saw it. I originally purchased a legitimate import. But it was a piece of crap. Single-layer, horrible compression, and the producers decided to display their logo in the corner every few minutes. I have no idea how a company can remain profitable with some bad quality products. Anyway, watching a U.S. distribution of Hero was very nice. With higher quality production, this movie can really show its stuff.

There are many aspects of Hero that are simply very good. The story is excellent, although I have no idea if it is actually based on historical records or a fabrication based around the time period. The extras indicate that the story took two years to put together. The precision and depth does show. The music is also very good, and I think this is one of the few films that I think have an amazing score. And it includes performances by Kodo, a personal favorite, and Itzhak Perlman.

Of course, the actors themselves are also very good. And a great cast was put together to portray the characters. I've become a fan of Zhang Ziyi because of how well she can portray emotions and lose herself to the character. I already own Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and House of Flying Daggers. I plan to pick up 2046 soon.

Probably the thing for which this movie will be most remembered by people are visual sequences. An enormous amount of detail was put into creating amazing visuals for every single shot of the film. The mood is carried through the color and music, and there is a distinctive tone portrayed in every shot. If you bother to watch the behind the scenes extra, you'll discover just how far they went to achieve this.

Posted by josuah at September 9, 2005 5:28 AM UTC+00:00

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