Genre Guesstimation – Hero (2002)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Lisa Leehey of Critical Critics and we will be reviewing our favorite Unreliable Narrator Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to unreliablelisa@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Lisa!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Unreliable Narrator Movies……

“Your Majesty, my task is completed now. My decision will cause the deaths of many and Your Majesty will live on. A dead man begs you to remember; a warrior’s ultimate act is to lay down his sword.” – Nameless

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A nameless assassin enters the palace of the King and tells a tale about his true mission.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before coming across it during my research on films for this months genre.

The movie fits in really well because of the way that the narrator tells different versions of the same story and never makes it completely clear as to whether we can trust him when he claims to tell the truth.

The cinematography is so beautiful to watch here and they use colors so well in establishing each of the different stories and it works really well in doing so.

The story has a clear narrator who tells each of these tales in a compelling way which make sit harder to decide which is the real truth.

They are able to film the action scenes in such a great way and is reminiscent of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) while showing how close martial arts and dancing can really be.

Unfortunately, due to the way that they [resent each of these stories, things are a bit convoluted and that takes away some of the impact of things along the way.

Bottom Line – Beautifully filmed movie that works on numerous levels. The film uses colors in such a spectacular way to try and tell the story and differentiate between the various stories being told. The story is narrated in an interesting way and we never quite know which of the stories of what happened is the full and honest truth The action scenes are filmed really well and like in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), they are able to show how close martial arts and dancing are. The story itself is a bit convoluted due to the way that the numerous perspectives on similar stories are presented. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The lake scenes took almost three weeks to film because director Yimou Zhang insisted that the lake’s surface had to be perfectly still and mirror-like during filming. Due to the natural currents, this occurred every day for only two hours starting at 10am. To adjust to this phenomenon, the filmmakers arose at 5am each day to begin five hours of preparation and set-up. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close. The story is told quite well and is beautifully shot, but something is missing that would make it even more enjoyable to watch.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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