Abstract: Is Hero just another martial-arts film? Who is the hero in Hero? Does the film suggest a justification for the despotism in Chinese history, as many Chinese critics have charged? Is there any connection between Hero and Zhang Yimou's previous works? This review focuses on these challenging questions as it explores the intricacies of Hero.
Jia-xuan Zhang was born in Beijing, China and received a master's degree in cinema studies at New York University in 1985. Since then he has been working in New York City as a freelance film critic, translator, photographer, and Chinese calligrapher. He also teaches Chinese cinema at CUNY and New School University.
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Jia-xuan Zhang; Hero. Film Quarterly 1 June 2005; 58 (4): 47–52. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2005.58.4.47
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