Just a sentence really, as I know there are Zhang Yimou fans out there: Actually, Hero
is a piece of reactionary craftsmanship (it should get Zhang at least three offical projects going, with justifying the tyrannic emperor in the name of China's founding myth, but that's not so much the issue), and a shameless stab at repeating the CTHD success, though even crossed with Rashomon
it just shows what an unsubtle filmmaker Zhang is compared to Ang Lee (martial-arts-calligraphy-analogy hammered home at every possible instant and then some), but despite its heavy-handedness it won me over with the most ravishing color work I've seen since the Far from Heaven
-intoxiaction (Chris Doyle, closing in on his wkw reputation), amazing character work from all our beloved heroes which even overcome the glycerine sickness in their emphases (additional bonus: fair game for genre requirements, as almost everyone gets to fight everyone else at some point) and despite the languid, but consistent pacing it casts a hypnotic spell. 1 3/4 thumbs up. Wow, really one sentence, if you don't count the rating.