Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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2 responses to “Hero (2002) – Fant-Asia Film Review”

  1. » Film Review: House of Flying Daggers (2004)

    [...] on 22 Apr 2008 at 08:07 pm | Tagged as: Reviews, Movies Director Yimou Zhang’s follow-up to HERO (2002) is another high-class, artsy interpretation of the martial arts genre. Like its predecessor [...]

  2. Dennis Fischer

    Frankly, I consider HERO to be better than THE HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, though both are beautifully shot and designed productions. What struck me about HERO is not only how truly mythic it was, but also the moral complexity. The Emperor is portrayed as an Imperialist warmonger who is in an all-out war against all his neighboring kingdoms. As Nameless talks to him, the Emperor conveys his deep desire for peace by conquering all his enemies and thereby uniting China. Through the Rashomon-like plot, we realize that Nameless is, like the other assassins, willing to sacrifice himself for the good of the Nation, and that he has to look past the bloodthirstiness of the Emperor to decide what is truly best for CHINA. This is truly one of the best wuxia movies I have ever seen.

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