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CWM 2020: Hero Cancelled
In ancient China, a warlord lives in constant fear of his life as opposing states plot against him. However, one day word comes to him that a nameless man has defeated the three most deadly assassins who have been threatening his life - but can he trust the unassuming hero's story?
Director Zhang Yimou's fable is a visual treat, with amazingly choreographed martial arts scenes set against dazzling and luscious backdrops. Its colour-coded, Rashomon-style flashbacks set the stage for a series of ravishingly photographed fight sequences - yet there’s more to Hero than the immediate pleasures of its luxurious surfaces. Sporting an aesthetic rigour matched by the complexities of its Chinese-box narrative, it’s as steeped in ancient culture and philosophy as it is playful in its revisionist filtering of history through genre.