info, RE: "Hero"

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    I believe it was Zhukov who was unsure whether this movie was american-made or not. It is definitely not, I went to the movies yesterday and there's a big sign out front saying "Please take note: Hero is presented entirely with subtitles". Also, on the poster, every name other than Tarantino's is Asian.

    The movie is also, however, #1 at the box office right now. Whether it's any good or not, it's nice to see the folks supporting some more varied movies.
     
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    wo wo wo, this is already out? where are you?
     
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    I'm in South Carolina. It came out nationwide this past Friday. It'll probably be out for a while if it continues to pull the numbers it did this past weekend.
     
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    Subtitles or not, the movie looks bad ass. First moment i saw it, i knew i had to see it. I never goto the theater, but i damn sure am going to see this.
     
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    I read somewhere that the subtitles get a little annoying, because it is a VERY visual film, and most of the dialogue is spoken quickly, so you have to read quickly, but you're also compelled to look at the screen. Might work better on video, in that respect.

    But, for me, a big action movie, like this appears to be, will always be better in theaters. For example, I thought Bad Boys 2 was really good in theaters, but once I rewatched it at home, it seemed long, gory, and annoying. Maybe I just force myself to enjoy a movie once I've plopped down $7.50 for it.
     
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    I watch alot of anime, so subtitles are nothing new to me. But perhaps your right. DVD might be better so that i can rewind on stuff i missed.
     
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    OK, I went and saw it. The same day as this thread started in fact, a few hours after my post about being amazed it was already out. I just haven't gotten around to reviewing it, but I suppose I have a few minutes now.

    It bears many similarities to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (CTHD), and in summation I believe if you liked that you'll like this. I will also use CTHD as a basis of comparison in this review.

    Subtitles are subtitles. You'd like to see the play on peoples face when they deliver lines, but you have to read the dialogue. There is a fair amount of dialogue in this film, and compared to CTHD I'd say the dialogue is more important as the plot is more complex and the ideas expressed are more important.

    All the same, like CTHD, the characters know when to shut up and fight. There are many fight scenes between a variety of combinations of characters, From the Nameless Hero (Jet Li), to the three assassins, Broken Sword, Flying Snow, and Sky, to the King and of course the most beautiful woman on Earth, Zhang Ziyi, who unfortunately has a much smaller role than she did in CHTD.

    As expected the widescreen visuals of Chinese landscapes are incredible. From desert, to mist enshrouded valleys, the landscape itself is a character, which is appropriate considering China itself is one of the important themes of the movie.

    The plot is much more complex than CTHD, but not so complicated that it is difficult at all to follow. It's interesting that Tarantino's name appears as the "presenter", whatever that means, because the timeline of the movie moves constantly back and forth, with variations each time, somewhat like Tarantino's style. Though not quite.

    There is also alot of color symbology, but not being chinese I couldn't fathom what it all meant.

    I'm not going to explain anymore than to say the movie is not quite how I expected it to be. Not at all. Just the same, I liked it.
     

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