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Ying Xiong (Hero) / Hero
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Towards the end of its Warring States period (481-221 BC), China was divided into seven separate kingdoms which each fought ruthlessly for supremacy over the others. Qin, King of the Northern province, had long been the target of assassins and had promised all kinds of recompense to the person who defeated his worst enemies: the warriors Broken Sword, Flying Snow and Sky. Ten years later, Nameless, an enigmatic county sheriff, comes to Qin bearing the weapons of the slain assassins, giving a detailed account of how he came by them. But the King has his own version of the events... Nothing is as simple as it seems in a story mixing love, honour and duty and which, finally, tells us about what it's like to be a hero.
Zhang Yimou was born in Xian in 1950. Having studied at the Beijing Film Academy, he debuted with Hong gaoliang (Red Sorghum, 1987), Golden Bear at Berlin. Several of his subsequent movies likewise won awards at festivals: Dahong denglong gaogao gua (Raise the Red Lantern, 1991), Qiu Ju da guan si (The Story of Qiu Ju, 1992), To Live (1994), Keep Cool (1997), Not One Less (1999) and The Road Home (1999). He chaired the San Sebastian Official Jury in 1997. He has moreover directed, with Zubin Mehta, the opera Turandot.
Zhang Yimou
Li Feng, Zhang Yimou, Wang Bin
Christopher Doyle
Zhai Ru, Angie Lam
Tan Dun
Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi, Donnie Yen
Focus Features International 417 Canal St. 7th Fl. New York, NY 10013 Tel 1 212
Running Time
98 m.
Txina - Hong Kong
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