Cast: Jet Li: Nameless Tony Leung Chiu Wai: Broken Sword Maggie Cheung: Flying Snow Ziyi Zhang: Moon Daoming Chen: King of Qin Donnie Yen: Sky Liu Zhong Yuan: Scholar
Plot / Synopsis
Hero is a 2002 Chinese martial arts film, directed by Zhang Yimou with music by Tan Dun. Starring Jet Li as the nameless protagonist, the movie is loosely based on the legendary Jing Ke.
A group of assassins: Flying Snow, Broken Sword, and Long Sky, have sworn to kill the King of Qin, and Nameless comes to the royal capital to claim the reward offered for their defeat. The movie tells the story of his conversation with the King of Qin, and through a series of flashbacks depicts the journey he took to earn the honor of sitting before the emperor.
Hero was first released in China on October 24, 2002. At that time, it was both the most expensive and the highest-grossing motion picture in Chinese film history. Miramax Films owned the American market distribution rights, but had delayed the release of the film for nearly two years. It was finally presented by Quentin Tarantino to American theaters on August 27, 2004.