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Ying Xiong (2002)

Action | 99 minutes / 107 minutes (extended version)
3,65 1.561 votes

Genre: Action / Drama

Duration: 99 minuten / 107 minuten (extended version)

Alternative titles: Hero / 英雄

Country: Hong-Kong / China

Directed by: Yimou Zhang

Stars: Jet Li, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-wai

IMDb score: 7,9 (188.075)

Releasedate: 22 July 2002

Ying Xiong plot

"One man's strength will unite an empire."

King Qin wants to control all of China in order to become the first emperor. For a while, hitmen have wanted to kill him. There are three assassins, named Broken Sword, Flying Snow, and Sky, which the king especially fears. He has for many years a reward for whoever can eliminate these three. One day, the king is visited by the mysterious swordsman Nameless, who claims to have killed the three murderers.

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avatar van Gang_Star


  • 6837 messages
  • 3401 votes

Directed by Yimou Zhang, this hybrid of drama and martial arts features a good cast with names like Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung and Donnie Yen ( if it's a shame he only has a fairly short role in this film [ /spoiler]). The film has a story that is told in a way that is far from standard. Actually, it's mainly about flashbacks that this film revolves around.

Visually a very beautiful film, the use of color is sometimes almost breathtaking. The locations also look nice, as a good example I found that scene where there was fighting on the water. Also nice to see was that fight with all those leaves, which even changed color after that fight.

Action scenes are also more than successful, even the drops of rain are beautifully involved.

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avatar van Alathir


  • 2084 messages
  • 1601 votes

This movie is really not too much. Such ugly colors, often monotonous battles and worst of all, the laws of physics are not taken into account here. Ever heard of gravity? Fighting on water, flying over the tops of the trees, thousands of arrows on 10 m² but do you think the characters get hit, no. Oh yes swords that are bent as if they were made of plastic. 2 excellent swordsmen who briefly struggle through an army of 3000 men, falling over before being hit. Shields that are made of ceramic and are as brittle as a porcelain vase. If you like incredible movies, here's one for you. It can hardly get more over the top than this. Unfortunately, it's not Kung Fury either and it doesn't get funny anywhere. The first half hour I found dizzying bad, after that there is a little more progress in the story so that my vote will just become 1*. In my opinion hopelessly overrated.

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Fisico (moderator films)

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A plot unfolding that I had envisioned somewhat differently. It is literally about the battle with the three hitmen and the report it brought to King Qin. I'm honestly not into that flying martial art and that's no different here. Spectacular, that's for sure, and it probably shows up just fine on the big screen, but for me it sometimes misses the mark. Visual spectacle that predominates at the expense of a decent story...

Decor still reasonable, but everything else is secondary to the fighting. Battles or scenes that are totally illogical, not just the flying work, but also the shower of arrows or the fight with the army. The movie is full of it. Anyway, there's clearly an audience for this given the scores. They could only have enjoyed it.

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