Hero (2002) Zhang Yimou | Wed 22 Mar Melbourne Cinémathèque
Hero (2002) Zhang Yimou | Wed 22 Mar Melbourne Cinémathèque
Hero (2002)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present


Zhang Yimou | China, Hong Kong | 2002 | M

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Wed 22 Mar 2023

Zhang’s bracingly revisionist wuxia features Leung among an ensemble cast of megastars including Maggie Cheung and martial arts legends Jet Li, Donnie Yen and Zhang Ziyi. Set during the historical warring states period preceding the unification of China under the Qin dynasty, the film is divided into five parts, each dominated by a specific colour. Inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, the film offers conflicting accounts of battles with heroic assassins. Features cinematography by Christopher Doyle and action choreography by Ching Siu-Tung (Shaolin Soccer).

35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Format: 35mm
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Source: NFSA
Runtime: 120 mins

Event duration

120 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Quiet and introspective as a child and outcast by his parents’ separation, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (1962–) never aspired to much. In 1982, while working as an appliance salesman, Leung was encouraged to take up acting by his childhood friend Stephen Chow...

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