Hero—Many True Heroes,
by The Maven and the
is a true historic tale that stands alone. The film is
told through the director’s (Zhang Yimou) amazing,
beautiful, visually extravagant, and unique way of
storytelling. It is a triumphant masterpiece-quality
film about man’s honor, principals, values, pride, love
This martial arts epic takes
place in ancient China at the dawn of the Qin dynasty.
This warring land of factions throughout six kingdoms
was struggling before the reign of the fist emperor.
These separate kingdoms fought ruthlessly for supremacy.
As a result, the populace endured decades of suffering
and death. Even though the King of Qin (played by
Daoming Chen), the most powerful tyrant ruler of all
time, felt it best to unite the kingdoms to make for a
bigger and stronger China, a plot was organized to
assassinate him. A minor official, who goes by the name
of “Nameless,” played by Jet Li (The One), defeated
Qin’s three most feared enemies: Moon, Broken Sword, and
Flying Snow. “Nameless” was summoned to the great palace
to tell the ruler Qin the story of his surprising
victories. His stories are puzzle-like mazes of the many
possibilities of truth, until we are finally exposed to
the real story in the end. Revealing any more than this
would simply ruin the film for you. So, go see
The Blonde: Hero was like The
last Samurai meets Crouching Tiger meets Kill Bill meets
Momento. First of all, I want to throw in some Jewish
guilt. I am typing this review in the middle of a
hurricane, so our readers (who we adore) will know what
movie to see next week after cleaning up the mess of
Hurricane Frances. Now, with that said, this movie
starts out hard to deal with. I found that the
sub-titles pass by way too quickly to comfortably read.
I only got half of each sentence. In the beginning, I
also found the storyline all over the place. However, I
advise you to stay. It all changes. You will get used to
the fast-paced sub-titles, and the story does all come
Maven: Before I begin, I need to know who the heck
were you talking to the entire movie? You never shut
Blonde: I was reading aloud. It helps me to read
Maven: Well, it was driving me nuts… Remind me to never
see a foreign film with you again!
Blonde: Ouch! So I’m a slow reader! Well, excuse me! As
I was saying, this film was directed by Yimov Zhang so
amazingly. It was an absolute delight to watch and hear
this gorgeous work of art. He managed to make war scenes
original—graceful ballet-type fighting, symbolic,
visually artistic, musically perfect, and all
accomplished with a uniquely crafted style. His decision
to use black and white, slow motion, monochromatic
coloring, all cradling nature, intensified the realism
and importance of each scene. There were many spiritual
Maven: Talk about a visually voluptuous movie, with a
different, vibrant hue dominating each sequence!
Blonde: Voluptuous? There were no voluptuous people
sporting skin in this film! I know I had trouble reading
but I had no trouble seeing!
Maven: Each scene was like a picture of art that I would
like to put on each wall of my house. The yellows
were yellower, the blues were bluer …
Blonde: Yeah, I get it, and the reds were redder!
You sound like a Clorox 2 commercial!
Maven: Well, they were! I can’t convey how much I
enjoyed watching this picturesque film.
Blonde: It was interesting to learn—as we have recently
discovered about the Torah—that the sequence of the
Chinese letters are coded with a more important message
than what is written. In this case the power of the
Maven: Hero’s swordplay was exciting to watch but, don’t
worry, there is no real gore or blood.
Blonde: There’s one other thing I truly enjoyed
about this film. Wasn’t it terrific the way that the
Chinese children respect, listen to and honor their
parents and elders? They would never talk back to, or
even say no to them. I wonder, Maven, do you think they
have boarding schools for American children? Just a
pondering thought. Okay, more than a thought!
Maven: Why do you think my children are so perfect and
Blonde: I knew you had a secret!
Maven: Don’t hesitate to see this movie, as quickly
after Hurricane Frances as you can! I loved it and will
be seeing it again. I rate it an A! I also give it
ten extra credit points for those yellows and blues,
reds and purples!
Blonde: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”—or hurricane—I
loved Hero as well and also I rate it an A. I suggest
that you eat some wontons, Leechee nuts and, yes, some
popcorn, too. Enjoy! Maven, this movie really made me
hungry. Let’s go do some Chinese food!
Maven: You’re on! And no sharing!
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