Jet Li in Hero (2002), directed by Zhang Yimou. The film features impressive set-piece battles and fight choreography, but its weighty themes aren’t a good fit for the many scenes of fantasy martial arts. Jet Li in Hero (2002), directed by Zhang Yimou. The film features impressive set-piece battles and fight choreography, but its weighty themes aren’t a good fit for the many scenes of fantasy martial arts.
Jet Li in Hero (2002), directed by Zhang Yimou. The film features impressive set-piece battles and fight choreography, but its weighty themes aren’t a good fit for the many scenes of fantasy martial arts.

How Jet Li’s nameless Hero encapsulates Zhang Yimou’s political philosophy in classic martial arts film from 2002

  • Director Zhang has said Hero isn’t political, but that’s hard to believe with its justification of China’s philosophy that authoritarianism is better than chaos
  • Jet Li stars as unknown swordsman Nameless, with Hong Kong talent including Donnie Yen, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung also featuring

Topic |   Asian cinema: Hong Kong film
Jet Li in Hero (2002), directed by Zhang Yimou. The film features impressive set-piece battles and fight choreography, but its weighty themes aren’t a good fit for the many scenes of fantasy martial arts. Jet Li in Hero (2002), directed by Zhang Yimou. The film features impressive set-piece battles and fight choreography, but its weighty themes aren’t a good fit for the many scenes of fantasy martial arts.
Jet Li in Hero (2002), directed by Zhang Yimou. The film features impressive set-piece battles and fight choreography, but its weighty themes aren’t a good fit for the many scenes of fantasy martial arts.
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