Just saw Hero, a martial arts movie very much in the vein of Crouching Tiger. This time, Jet Li takes the staring role (and does a great job at it – much better then his Western efforts to date), and the beautiful vidography seen in Tiger is ramped way up. Stunning color palettes signify different parts/versions of the story in reds, whites, greens and blues.

The story itself is set during the Emporer Qin’s rise to power (pronounced Chin). This is the same emporer that had the Terracotta Warriors made, and it was interesting having seen something of that era when Shannon and I were in Xi’An on our honeymoon.

Anyway, beautifully shot and choreographed, although with performances that perhaps weren’t quite as engaging as in Tiger (maybe this is just because the feel is now more familiar).


London Design Festival 2004