August 27th, 2004


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One man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 8.0/10 (94,674 voted)

Critic's Score: 84/100

Director: Yimou Zhang

Stars: Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung

In ancient China, before the reign of the first emperor, warring factions throughout the Six Kingdoms plot to assassinate the most powerful ruler, Qin. When a minor official defeats Qin's three principal enemies, he is summoned to the palace to tell Qin the story of his surprising victory.

Writers: Bin Wang, Yimou Zhang

Jet Li - Nameless
Tony Leung Chiu Wai - 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 of Qin
Donnie Yen - Sky
Zhongyuan Liu - Old scholar
Tianyong Zheng - Old Servant
Yan Qin - Prime Minister
Chang Xiao Yang - General
Yakun Zhang - Commander
Ma Wen Hua - Head Eunuch
Jin Ming - Eunuch
Xu Kuang Hua - Pianist
Wang Shou Xin - Musician

Taglines: One man's strength will unite an empire


Official Website: Miramax [United States] | Warner Bros [Japan] |

Release Date: 27 August 2004

Filming Locations: Dunhuang, Gansu, China

Box Office Details

Budget: CNY 248,301,001(estimated)

Opening Weekend: €461,720 (Spain) (16 November 2003) (91 Screens)

Gross: $102,941,649 (Worldwide) (24 December 2003) (except USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | China: (extended version)  | China:  | Turkey: (TV version)

Did You Know?

Jackie Chan was offered the role of the King but turned it down.

Continuity: When Moon gives Nameless the sword as he is in the horse-drawn cart, she initially approaches from the right, but later is seen to the left of the cart.

[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.

User Review

Some of the most astonishing cinematography I've ever seen.


Some reviewers have suggested that the storyline of this movie is a bit plodding and portentous, and I'd be willing to allow that. But even if this film had absolutely no plot to speak of, I would have considered the money I plunked down yesterday to see "Hero" to be money well-spent, because I have been witness to some of the most achingly beautiful film-making I've ever seen. As in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," the characters here fly through the air and dance across water, but "Crouching Tiger" surely could have benefited from the sublime camera eye of "Hero." One scene of swordplay in particular that takes place in a grove of trees amongst swirling yellow leaves almost stopped my heart in my chest: It was that gorgeous. And yes, there is a plot also, one that involves various assassins with names like Sky, and Broken Sword, and Flying Snow. I have to admit that the tales and counter-tales told were a bit confusing at first, but by the time the film is over, all the pieces have fallen into place, and this chapter of ancient Chinese history has assumed a truly mythical quality. At a time when movie theaters show a lot of utter dreck, we ought to be supporting movies like this.