• 2002
  • China
  • 1h 39min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Zhang Yimou
  • Cast: Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung

Yimou's controversial take on the life of Emperor Qin, one of the bloodiest reigns in Chinese history. Unsurprisingly, he was one of Mao Tse Tung's heroes. 'Hero' is a mind blowing old-school-swordplay-high- jumping take on this terrible time in history. Beautifully filmed by cameraman Chris Doyle, this is as breathtaking as it is reactionary. A joy (if you can ignore the underlying fascistic tone).

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