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Director:
Writers:
Feng Li (screenplay) &
Yimou Zhang (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 August 2004 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Kono kuni wa mada, hontô no hero wo shiranai [Japan] (This land doesn't know a real hero. Yet.) See more »
Plot:
A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 41 wins & 32 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jet Li ... Nameless

Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Broken Sword (as Tony Leung Chiu-Wai)

Maggie Cheung ... Flying Snow (as Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk)

Ziyi Zhang ... Moon (as Zhang Ziyi)

Daoming Chen ... King (as Chen Dao Ming)

Donnie Yen ... Sky
Zhongyuan Liu ... Scholar (as Liu Zhong Yuan)
Tianyong Zheng ... Old Servant (as Zheng Tian Yong)
Yan Qin ... Prime Minister
Chang Xiao Yang ... General
Yakun Zhang ... Commander (as Zhang Ya Kun)
Ma Wen Hua ... Head Eunuch
Jin Ming ... Eunuch
Xu Kuang Hua ... Pianist
Shou Xin Wang ... Musician
Heizi ... Seven Qin Guards (as Hei Zi)
Hua Cao ... Seven Qin Guards
Li Lei ... Seven Qin Guards
Xia Bin ... Seven Qin Guards
Peng Qiang ... Seven Qin Guards
Jie Liu ... Seven Qin Guards
Zhang Yi ... Seven Qin Guards
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Hong ... Qin Emperor (voice: English version)

Emil Lin ... Nameless (voice: English version)

Bruce Locke ... Sky (voice: English version)

Angela Oh ... Moon (voice: English version)

James Sie ... Broken Sword (voice: English version)

Elizabeth Sung ... Flying Snow (voice: English version)
Bing Lei Li ... Guard (uncredited)

Tielin Zhang ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Yimou Zhang 
 
Writing credits
Feng Li (screenplay) &
Yimou Zhang (screenplay) &
Bin Wang (screenplay)

Produced by
Shoufang Dou .... executive producer
William Kong .... producer (as Bill Kong)
Philip Lee .... line producer
Sook Yhun .... producer (english version)
Weiping Zhang .... executive producer
Yimou Zhang .... producer
Zhenyan Zhang .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Dun Tan 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Angie Lam 
Vincent Lee (documentary segment)
Ru Zhai 
 
Production Design by
Tingxiao Huo 
Zhenzhou Yi 
 
Art Direction by
Qin Hong Bo (supervising art director)
Zhong Han (supervising art director)
Tingxiao Huo 
Liu Yong Qi (supervising art director)
Bin Zhao 
 
Costume Design by
Emi Wada 
 
Makeup Department
Siu-Mui Chau .... chief hair stylist (as Chau Siu Mui)
Lee-Na Kwan .... chief makeup artist (as Lee Na Kwan)
Tam Ying Kwan .... hair stylist
Shul Niu .... assistant hair stylist
Ji Wei-Hua .... makeup artist
Shudong Yang .... makeup artist (as Yang Shu-Dong)
Xiaohai Yang .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tianhui Ge .... unit manager
Jane Maguire .... post-production supervisor
Zhenyan Zhang .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shi Bin .... seventh assistant director
Xiaoyang Chang .... fifth assistant director
Guonan Liu .... third assistant director (as Liu Guo Nan)
Tao Lu .... fourth assistant director (as Lu Tao)
Huan Qi .... first assistant director
Du Ming Xiang .... sixth assistant director
Jinzhan Zhang .... director: battle sequences (as Zhang Jin Zhan)
Wei Zhou .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
De Wen Bai .... props assistant
Rowan e Cassidy .... matte painter (as Rowan Cassidy)
Gao De Zhong .... set dresser
Liu Jin Guo .... set dresser
Zhongquan Hu .... assistant set dresser (as Hu Zhong Quan)
Yi Hua .... sketch artist
Yuchen Ji .... props assistant
Li Yan Lai .... sketch artist
Ming-Shan Li .... property master (as Ming Shan Li)
Guang Lu .... props
Xiao Jun Min .... assistant to sketch artist
Jia Ren Wang .... assistant set dresser
Xue Jun Wang .... draftsman (as Wang Xue Jun)
Ming Wu .... storyboard artist
Liu Yi .... assistant set dresser
Yang Zhan Yi .... assistant set dresser
Xiao Dan Zhao .... property master
 
Sound Department
Lai Jia Bin .... sound technician
Steve Burgess .... sound editor
Bruce Emery .... dolby consultant
Li Pei Gen .... sound assistant
Wei He .... sound effects editor
Wei He .... sound technician
Yu Hou .... sound assistant
Peng Jiang .... second sound assistant
Tao Jun Jie .... sound technician
Francis Ward Lindsay .... sound editor
Robert Mackenzie .... sound effects editor
Andrew Neil .... sound effects editor
Glenn Newnham .... sound editor
Paul Pirola .... sound effects editor
Roger Savage .... re-recording mixer
Roger Savage .... supervising sound editor
Guoli Si .... sound assistant (as Si Guo Li)
Blair Slater .... foley mixer & editor
Blair Slater .... foley recordist
Jing Tao .... sound
Jing Tao .... supervising sound editor
Mario Vaccaro .... foley artist
Li Wen .... sound assistant
Andy Wright .... assistant re-recording mixer
Wang Yu .... sound assistant
Zhigang Zhang .... first sound assistant
Chris Goodes .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jance Allen .... compositor
Charlie Armstrong .... senior compositor
Kevin Baillie .... digital artist
Aaron Barclay .... lead compositor
Ryan Beadle .... digital I/O
Chris Bone .... R&D programmer
Dan Breckwoldt .... digital compositor
Andy Brown .... visual effects supervisor: Animal Logic
Ian Brown .... lighting sequence lead
Alex Brownell .... visual effects coordinator: Tweak Films
Sonia Calvert .... digital compositor
Rowan e Cassidy .... matte painter (as Rowan Cassidy)
Cedrick Chan .... digital artist
YouJin Choung .... visual effects
Sarah Cloutier .... digital liaison
Fiona Crawford .... visual effects producer
Francisco DeLaTorre .... visual effects artist: Tweak Films
Jonathan Dixon .... digital liaison
Dennis Dorney .... digital lineup
Patricio Ducaud .... visual effects artist
David Dulac .... visual effects supervisor
Wayde Duncan-Smith .... 3D animator
Rebecca Dunn .... digital compositor
Stephen Evans .... digital compositor
Arin Finger .... visual effects coordinator: The Orphanage
Lindsay Fleay .... 3D lead
Howard Fuller .... 3D animator
Michele Gray .... visual effects producer: Tweak Films
Matthew Hendershot .... digital artist: The Orphanage
Jesse Ho .... animator
Christopher Horvath .... visual effects supervisor: Tweak Films
Jim Hourihan .... visual effects research and development: Tweak Films
Sarahjane Javelo .... digital paint/rotoscope artist
Krista Jordan .... senior compositor
Keith Leung .... wires artist
Justen Marshall .... production programmer
Ian McCamey .... visual effects editor: The Orphanage
Yvette Memory .... visual effects coordinator: The Orphanage
Lori C. Miller .... digital compositor
Saki Mitchell .... digital compositor
Cliff Mueller .... lead animator: Tweak Films
Luke O'Byrne .... visual effects producer: The Orphanage
Graham Olsen .... digital compositor
Scott Palleiko .... technical director: Tweak Films
Guoyu Pan .... visual effects supervisor
JaeWook Park .... technical director/compositor
Ellen Poon .... visual effects supervisor
Murray Pope .... visual effects executive producer
Alex Prichard .... digital artist: The Orphanage
Dane Rapaport .... systems administrator
Jeff Renton .... 3D animator
Aaron Rhodes .... digital compositor: The Orphanage
Michael Root .... visual effects sequence supervisor: Tweak Films
Jonathan Rothbart .... visual effects supervisor: The Orphanage
Danielle Rubin .... visual effects coordinator
Marc Sadeghi .... executive visual effects producer
Richard Schlein .... visual effects executive producer: Tweak Films
Pheng Sisopha .... compositor
Christa Starr .... technical director: Tweak Films
Robert Sullivan .... video operations supervisor: Animal Logic
Chris Swinbanks .... film I/O supervisor
Ryan Tudhope .... digital artist
David Valentin .... visual effects associate producer
Ray Van Steenwyk .... animator
Sandeep Vengsarkar .... digital compositor
Carl Walters .... digital artist
Shu Qing Wang .... model maker
Frederick Wolff .... scanning and recording operator
George Zwier .... digital compositor
S. Kai Bovaird .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Ben De Luca .... systems administrator (uncredited)
Chris Godfrey .... on-set visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Laurence Lok .... roto artist (uncredited)
Kristi Valk .... digital artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Xia Bin .... stunts
Hua Cao .... stunts
Siu-Tung Ching .... action director
Shi Feng .... stunts
Wen Biao Hu .... stunts
Zhao Hui .... stunts
Feng Iang .... stunts
Li Fang Jin .... stunts
Li Lei .... stunts
Cai Li .... action choreographer
Cai Li .... martial arts coordinator (as Li Cai)
Li Ou .... stunts
Peng Qiang .... stunts (as Qiang Peng)
Kang Min Tang .... stunts (as Tang Kang Min)
Huang Tao .... stunts
Wei Tung .... action director
Wei Tung .... fight choreographer (as Tung Wei)
Wen Hua Wang .... stunts
Zhao Hui Wang .... stunts
Li Wei .... stunts
Jack Wai-Leung Wong .... action choreographer
Jack Wai-Leung Wong .... martial arts coordinator (as Wong Wai Leung)
Din Yong .... stunts
Sun Yong .... stunts
Bai Lin Yuh .... stunts
Jin Zhang .... stunts (as Zhang Jin)
Nan Zhang .... stunts (as Zhang Nan)
Xin Xin Zheng .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jin Cao .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences
Yong Qiang Cao .... electrician
Jasmine Yuen Carrucan .... assistant camera (as Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan)
Zhu Xiang Chen .... assistant camera
Song De Hua .... assistant camera
Yu Jian Dong .... electrician
Zi Ying Feng .... electrician
Xing Hai Gao .... assistant camera
Yong Hou .... additional camera operator
Dongsheng Jiang .... electrician (as Jian Dong Sheng)
Yu Ping Kong .... camera grip
Baoquan Li .... Steadicam operator (as Bao Quan Li)
Wu Jun Li .... generator operator
Zhang Li .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences
Zu Rong Li .... still photographer
Brett Matthews .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Yoshio Sato .... still photographer
Ji Chao Wang .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences
Lihong Wang .... best boy electric
Tianlin Wang .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences (as Tian Lin Wang)
Chao Wei .... camera grip
Guo Dong Wei .... generator operator
Fusen Xu .... camera grip (as Fu Sen Xu)
Huajie Zhang .... additional assistant camera: battle sequences
Chuncheng Zhao .... assistant camera (as Zhao Chun Cheng)
Xiaoding Zhao .... camera operator
Ai Jun Zhu .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Zeng Qing Chun .... costumer
Jin-Hua Gu .... costumer (as Gu Jin Hua)
Bao-Rong Huang .... wardrobe supervisor
Zhu Run Sen .... costumer
Ming Zhu .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Olivier Fontenay .... color grader
Matt Garner .... post-production executive: Miramax
Mark Griffith .... digital intermediate colorist (2008 digital restoration)
Al Hansen .... digital colorist
Antonio Mestres .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Yong Hou .... location scout
 
Music Department
Richard King .... music scoring engineer
Simon Leadley .... music editor
Itzhak Perlman .... musician: violin solos and fiddling
Tim Ryan .... music editor
Katrina Schiller .... additional music editor
Dun Tan .... conductor
 
Other crew
Bruce Hwang Chen .... assistant: producer
Kerry Dibbs .... post production assistant
Xu Ai Dong .... production assistant
Xia Li Fu .... production assistant
Wang Li Ge .... script supervisor
Li Guang .... script supervisor
Eidan Hanzei .... adr voice replacement (as Henry Hayashi)
Zhihua Hou .... assistant to director
Zhong Hu .... production assistant
Duang Xue Jun .... cashier
Kodo .... drumming
Ming Beaver Kwei .... personal assistant: Jet Li
Stephen Lam .... production coordinator
Roger Lee .... chief accountant
Maria Lo Orzel .... creative consultant
Stanley J. Orzel .... creative consultant
Ji Pei .... script supervisor
Felicia Pullam .... assistant: Ziyi Zhang
Wei Ran .... script supervisor
Zhang Rui .... cashier
John Salvitti .... assistant: Donnie Yen (as John Paul Salvitti)
Quentin Tarantino .... presenter (US version)
Lao Li Ya .... production coordinator
Li Yan .... assistant: Ziyi Zhang
Wei Yan Yen .... production assistant
Shi Ze Yi .... production assistant
Lei Yu .... production assistant
Jiang Zi .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hero" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title), International (English title) (imdb display title)
"Ying hung" - China (Cantonese title), Hong Kong (Cantonese title) (alternative title)
"Jet Li's Hero" - USA (promotional title)
"Quentin Tarantino Presents Hero" - USA (promotional title)
"Herói" - Brazil, Portugal (imdb display title)
"Ήρωας" - Greece
"Герой" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Герой" - Russia
"Anh Hùng" - Vietnam (imdb display title)
"Bohater" - Poland (informal title)
"Gibor" - Israel (Hebrew title)
"Hős" - Hungary ( (imdb display title))
"Héroe" - International (Spanish title) (imdb display title)
"Héros" - Canada (French title)
"Hero" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Hero" - Finland (imdb display title)
"Hero" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
"Hero" - Italy (imdb display title)
"Hero" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Hero" - Germany (imdb display title)
"Hero" - Sweden (imdb display title)
"Hero" - France (imdb display title)
"Hero" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Hero de Zhang Yimou" - Spain (long title)
"Heroj" - Croatia
"Hrdina" - Slovakia
"Hrdina" - Czech Republic
"Iroas" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Junak" - Serbia (imdb display title)
"Kahraman" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Kangelane" - Estonia
"Sankari" - Finland (TV title)
"Varonis" - Latvia
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for stylized martial arts violence and a scene of sensuality
Runtime:
China:107 min (Director's Cut) | USA:96 min (Theatrical Version)
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-11 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (bw) | Iceland:L (original rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Ireland:12 | Malaysia:18SG | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 (dvd rating) | Netherlands:12 (original rating) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Norway:11 | Peru:Apt | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | South Korea:15 (extended version) (2014) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #39290)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Miramax originally acquired the U.S. distribution rights in 2002 after the film's huge success in Asia. However, the film did not receive its U.S. theatrical release until 2004. Before the release of the official U.S. version, the film gained a cult following in the States via "official" copies of the DVD from other countries.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: On numerous occasions, it is possible to see the glue that molds the sides of Jet Li's wig to his head (it casts a plastic-like reflection in certain light). It's most noticeable during the fight with Ziyi Zhang("Moon"), when he traps one of her blades with his sword and there's a close-up of the side of his face, and at the very end, when he's reached the palace gate and turns towards the camera.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Nameless:[voiceover] I was orphaned at a young age and was never given a name. People simply called me Nameless. With no family name to live up to, I devoted myself to the sword. I spent ten years perfecting unique skills as a swordsman. The King of Qin has summoned me to court, for what I have accomplished has astonished the kingdom.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Man yan (2004)See more »

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107 out of 192 people found the following review useful.
Space, 8 September 2004
Author: tedg (tedg@filmsfolded.com) from Virginia Beach

Two things interesting about this project. First, the sad news, at least for the Chinese, that the Japanese have finally won. This is a Japanese film in all important respects: the theming by lush color, the rather modern notion of benevolent conquest (genuinely originating in the Persians but only used since as justification for selfish empire, specifically in this case Japanese conquest - and adopted by the Chinese only since the war) and of course the wholesale swallowing of Kurosawa.

Kurosawa is here obviously in the story: it is half 'Rashomon' and half 'Ran.' But more important is Kurosawa's theory of film as a device to capture space. As with Parisian impressionist painters, the thing painted is not the point. It provides an origin only; the painting is about all the magical things that happen in the space between the subject and the viewers eye. The paintings, and Kurosawa's films are about that space.

Kurosawa invented the technique of shooting from very far away with a telephoto so as to flatten space, and at the same time creating (usually three) layers of space. Often, he would engage the space directly.

This masterful film is obsessive about the point and may be the most lush swim in dimensional space you are likely to find with the technology we have. Every shot is oriented around not the action, but the space that contains the action. Falling water, dust, lots of blown fabric and hair, feathers, arrows, even book tablets and those leaves! With lots of bamboo screens, all these are used to show the space, plus the usual fantastic mountains, clouds and forests - even at the end the Great Wall and of course the moving waves of soldiers and courtiers.

Many of the architectural shots are lifted from Welles' "Othello."

The matter is not lost in the copious allusions to mental space: the game of Go, music, calligraphy, politics, and love. All these are defined, exercised and conflated with one another in terms of space and the intrigue of space with a little more effort in the latter items on the list. Then, waving lamps are used to make 'murderous intent' spatial.

Unlike 'Crouching Tiger' which this resembles not at all, the camera is static, not dancing. Where Lee emphasized the ballet of the fight by engaging his camera, Zhang stands back in the space. Where Lee conceives fights not among the participants but their masters, Zhang shows us not the fights, but the battles among the true worlds of the fights - the worlds of different colors.

What we see could be the imaged Go game, or the imaged fight within it, or the imaged story Nameless tells, or the one the King tells and on and on with nestings of imaginations.

Every nation creates their own movie to explain themselves. We in the US seem to like more militarist stuff. Except for the thuggish motive (my war for my kind of peace), we would do well to have stories about stories like this one through four layers until they reflect back on the origin. Complex story space in rich real space.

If you are going to see this, you really must see 'In the Mood for Love,' which features Broken Sword and Flying Snow in something of the same relationship they have here. It is one of the best films ever made and truly spatial in a purely Chinese manner. It will completely transform your enjoyment of this.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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