Today’s screening: Hero (2002)
August 11, 2010
— Lucky Cat
Today’s screening: Hero / Yīngxióng (2002)
Electric Sheep Film Club: Hero / Yīngxióng
Zhang Yimou’s breakthrough martial arts epic is a lavish visual feast best appreciated on the largest screen possible! Set in the third century BC as the ambitious, war-mongering king of Qin is trying to unite China by force, it stars Jet Li as a nameless swordsman granted a rare audience with his sovereign after killing three fearsome assassins (played by some of Hong Kong cinema’s greatest, Donnie Yen, Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung). As the sly king questions the ‘hero’, we are presented with three different versions of the events, each colour-coded. The result is a sumptuous spectacle combining graceful fight scenes, magnificent décors, dubious truths and questionable politics.
Guest speaker: Zoë Baxter, presenter of Resonance FM’s radio show on East Asian culture.
FILM WRITING COMPETITION:
Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of Hero and send it to ladyvengeance [at] electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. A film expert to be announced shortly will pick the best entry. Deadline: Thursday 26 August. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website in September.
WEDNESDAY 11 AUGUST, Prince Charles Cinema 8:45pm : HERO
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY
Price: £6.50/£4.00 Prince Charles members
Dir: Zhang Yimou, China, 2002, 99 min