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  1. Hero movie review
    The movie hero first started with it saying “people would give up their lives for their family, friends, and even other people. of course when I read that I thought maybe it would be a story someone doing something bad for their friend. But then it went on and said “even kill for them” and I thought oh so someone’s gonna die. At the Beginning of the movie it seemed more like a comedy thing a action feel drama. I say this because of how they fight or how they act it’s more funny than sad. In this review essay I’ll basically be telling you what I have saw or Heard or what I thought was bad and good. And I will be explaining what happens throughout the movie and giving you background on the character.
    In this movie I have seen betrayal, heartbreak, lies, fights and even love. In the movie you start to understand that you shouldn’t trust everyone. There was a lot of things that surprised me and that was the way they were fighting. You could tell that it was fake usually in movies the fighting seems more real. In the first fight Scene you see a man playing an instrument it kinda look like a violin only it was smaller and on it back. The color of the movie was amazing looking at the roses fall off the tree and the snow in the background, It was all so peaceful and beautiful. Another shocking thing to me was when the army started to shoot the arrows at the building and the people just sat there knowing that they could get shot by one.
    Towards the end of the movie we start to understand broken sword and snow’s love for each other. All so much that they would die and kill for each other. I was so confused at the end seeing broken sword in snow kept dying and that were it lost me I was really confused at that point. Whenever there was a fight saying there would always be A drum beating in the background like a weird yelling sound I could not tell if it was the fighters or the music. I also was upset that nameless did not killed the empire. But one thing I did like about the movie was how moon stuck up for her master. And then for her to see her master die was just so sad.
    In Conclusion this movie had a lot of up and downs there were some parts that I don’t like and some parts that I did. There were some parts that were faker than others and some parts that were real. This Movie has a lot of sound and colors, you can see the cultures of China that you really don’t get to see in other movies. That’s why I think this movie hero was such a great movie.

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  2. Siane Campbell period 6

    The movie heroat first had me confused because the way the sequence of events was set up. Even though we watched it two times I was still confused. But what I got out of it was the movie overall was about love. I think the creator of the movie was trying to show how love can be beautiful, dangerous, and exciting at the same time. Some scenes that showed beauty was the more colorful scenes like when the two woman were fighting outside. Scenes that showed danger were when the soilders shot arrows on the school of girls who got nearly every one killed. The other things I noticed in this film was the conversations of the man and his wife. Throughout the whole movie, one of then always died in a different circumstance but it was all for the same thing, love. This movie really showed how different things can tear people apart and somehow never break the love the two people share. Overall the movie was really dramatic and confusing at first but if you pay attention really closely then you will find your own understanding of the movie as I did. I think anyone else who watches this movie will enjoy it just as much as I did.

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  3. My review on the movie was that it was not a normal Jackie Chan movie. it gives us a taste of how the ancient Chinese culture was back then in our past time. It kind of amazed me because there were different scenarios from different point of views as well. Till the day China is considered as “Our land” as being a united country.

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  4. Hero essay
    Nameless is a worrier and he wants to go kill the emperor because he Killed his family when nameless was a baby and now nameless wants revenge and comes up with different missions to find the emperor. In the beginning nameless fought some random guy in a yellow shirt and lied to sky and snow to get to the emperor. Finally when nameless finds the emperor he tried to kill him but he realized that it wasn’t worth it so he walked away and left him alone confused.
    On the other hand Snow and Broken Sword had got into an argument because he slept with moon and sword did it on purpose to make snow mad so snow stabbed Broken Sword and he called her foolish . Moon had got mad and fought snow and lost. When snow and Broken Sword met up again they ended up fighting and they both died over love so this story is just like Romeo and Juliet in both movies they both die over love and truth just because of a little blood fuse that can be fixed.
    In the movie, I noticed a few things and it was in every scene they fight and a hard drum plays at a medium speed. I also notice that everyone dies with a purpose sadly when they could of fixed the situation and moved on and be happy. I also noticed that every time I see a fighting scene with swords they always hop on air to get away from the enemy. Throughout the movie I was kind of confused because I thought that some of the characters were dead and I say this because I keep seeing the same characters over and over and it made me wonder and I thought that the person was dead for example when Snow stabbed BrokenSword because of the situation that happened earlier in the movie it made me wonder if they were having a flashback or if they were just alive the whole time and they just wanted to confuse you and make sure you were caught up in the movie and you understand it.

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  5. A’Majaye from period 8,
    My reflection on the movie was that the movie was very much intense and it was hard to keep up with since I really couldn’t understand what anybody in the movie was saying. I had to read the subtitles throughout the whole movie. Besides that , the message of the sequence is that the character “Nameless” the worrier wanted to kill the man who had killed his family when he was younger. The man he wanted to kill was the emperor. Nameless fought and lied to people just to get to the emperor and after finally getting to the emperor Nameless didn’t kill him. He felt as if he wasn’t worth it anymore but he was also still confused. The message communicated by music , fighting sound effects and swords. The filmmaker is trying to communicate that not everyone is worth your time of day to get you out of your character. The five channels of information in film, visual image , print , speech , music , and sound effect worked together to communicate the message in a weird way. I say that because when they was fighting they stopped fighting to have a man play his music and then they started up fighting again. Space is landscape used as a comment in the characters inner state of mind. Yes the use of space includes a certain atmosphere the atmosphere is very calm and then angry. There is definitely a lot of prop using going on in the movie. Some of the social and cultural codes were music. Anyways back to my reflection of the movie the movie overall was very interesting. But the movie was very confusing I kept getting lost because I would think someone had died but they didn’t. I don’t really know how to explain this movie because it was some what weird but good at the same time. For some one to understand this movie they would literally have to watch it there self in my opinion.

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  6. Caleb jordan 6th period September 29, 2019 — 10:15 pm

    The movie was very well directed the cuts from one story to another was floless and the senery was amazing the music was well scribted and the actors did very well the two seens I liked the most were when he was facing the man with the silver spear and the fight at her resting place the fight with the silver spear was good because of the music it added a nother level to the movie and the fight on the water was great because of the senery but my one problem was the plot it was a little pridictable in the fact that you new that he was going to die

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  7. Makayla Kaliszewski September 29, 2019 — 10:14 pm

    Makayla Kaliszewski 2°

    In the film “Hero” I found myself often confused at times. There would be scenes where it felt like it was just a repeating scene of what we already saw. For example between flying snow and broken sword there were plenty of times where they would just stab each other and it would confuse me a lot because I didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t. Besides the repetition it was overall a good movie and I loved the plot twists that they would sneak up on us. The choice of landscape was beautiful and fit the scene in heaven very nicely. The sounds effects and visual image were always done quite nicely so no complaints there. “Hero” was a good movie overall and I would watch again.

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  8. Jaden Hartman Period 2, The movie Hero shows what forgiveness, loyalty, and sacrifice truly is. Not only that it had insane martial arts skills that was so satisfying to watch but they also threw in a romantic relationship that kept everyone’s interest to find out what’s happening with them. My personal favorite character was Broken Sword, because he risked his life so the so that he truly loved Snow. It was a great movie I would totally recommend.

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  9. Ivonna Fairley, period 2
    I absolutely enjoyed the movie “Hero”. I loved the mix of art and music, along with the martial arts and action scenes. Overall sacrifice and loyalty definitely played a huge role in creating this Chinese film.

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  10. At first when watching Hero, I was confused with what was going on because the story line was confusing, but then after it being told a couple of times I understood it. Overall it was a good funny movie.

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  11. Aminah
    Period 8
    I believe the movie “Hero” is communicating the impact the King of Qin had in uniting China and becoming the first emperor. Hero tells one segment of the King’s journey, Jing Ke’s assassination attempt, through an interesting martial arts epic style film. The movie is creatively told from multiple points of view, emphasizing the underlying message that perspective varies the truth. Imagery majorly contributes to relaying this as in order to identify different characters, their story, and their truths in a clear manner, imagery is key. Speech is used in combination with imagery to peek into character’s minds/ inner conversation as well as complex outer conversation and ideas. This complexity adds layers to the movie, creating a deep and immersive environment for those watching. Deciphering all the hidden meaning may or may not be impossible however it gives viewers something to ponder and converse about. This also provides a fun and complex challenge because the themes and messages are apparent, but allows you to discover more about the portrayal of the events and theorize about it.
    The segment that captures my attention is the tragic but poetic scene where Sword (an assassin) in order to prove a point to the woman he loves (Snow, a fellow assassins) does not defend himself when she attacks him, resulting in her accidentally killing him. In her grief she hugs him from behind, sobbing, then uses the sword, still in his body, to kill herself by pushing it all the way through his body, into her own heart. I really love the message and imagery behind this, an artistic ending brought about by human error. Something drastic that could have been avoided if only they communicated better and the irony that such wise masters of the art of death could bring about their own with one small miscommunication. The imagery echoes the tragic theme of what could’ve been but wasn’t, taking place in the vast, quiet, empty desert, and the cleverness of them both meeting their demise with the same sword, signifying their downfall by the same fault. A scene whose importance may be to simply add a beautiful tragedy with a lesson to the film. Overall, if you enjoy visually spectacular martial art epic style films with a heavy plot, intriguing story-line, and a historically centered message, you should give Hero a watch.

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  12. Keishmarie Rivera; period 2 September 29, 2019 — 6:25 pm

    The movie was great. I loved the characters in it, and the way they all had an important role to play.

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  13. My review of the movie Hero is rather simple. I found the colors and set designs to be impeccable. All the colors meshed together beautifully, making the movie visually beautiful. The story I found could be a little hard to follow at some points, it moved very fast from one point to the next. I also found that the fight scenes could be a little strange at times. The characters would be flying around or very arrow that was shot completely missed the main characters. All in all I found the movie Hero to be a 7/10. It was a fun movie to watch with amazing set designs, but it could be a little fast paced at times.

    -Jane sterling

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  14. I felt like the movie was good but it was confusing. The characters die and they were alive all of the sudden. It was confusing but it wasn’t bad.

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  15. Alina Phanthouhem September 29, 2019 — 5:35 pm

    Alina from Period 2

    I think what the filmmaker was trying to show was the journey of the protagonist. The setting takes place in ancient China. It’s not very clear what the message is. Some of the things that happened in the movie were confusing, one character died multiple times. The characters keep changing clothing colors and the story is all over the place. The actions were very over dramatic and it was difficult for me to take the movie seriously. One thing I do like is the visuals. The visuals were very colorful, aesthetic, and pleasing to look at.

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  16. Derek Rivera Period 8

    This movie had many things to say through a loosely based story of a historical event. Of course the movie was mostly fiction but from my research the assassination attempt on the Qin emperor was true. But even if the movie is fictional it definitely had something to say about the unification of China and the cultural differences across the divided China. One scene that was really interesting was the scene in the calligraphy school. It was mentioned that there were about 19 ways to write sword. The Qin emperor says that bringing China together will eliminate the confusion between people because of the various dialects of the different regions of China. That may be true, but at the same time you are taking away the culture and literature of other people, which is something that the calligraphy school in the film really cares for. Later in the scene at the school the Qin army attacks, sending volleys of arrows and yet the students stay writing their calligraphy. It is very reminiscent of the saying, “The pen is mightier than the sword.”, because no matter if the Qin takes down the Zhao, their literature will not be lost. There is also a connection between swordsmanship and writing from what the film says. It is shown in the film that two of the characters in the film Flying Snow and Broken Sword, who are assassins against the Qin emperor, would write calligraphy in order to refine their hand movements and help their fighting skill. There are also other topics mentioned in the film like love, swordsmanship and what it means to be a ruler, but I felt that calligraphy and writing was the main message of the film and I enjoyed what it had to say.

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    1. Cindy Tran from period 8
      I think your review is very insightful. This has counter-arguments about the movie mentioning the unification of China would have a loss on the culture across the nation which I think is interesting about the pros and cons of leaving a nation divided to unified together. At what cost does this mean for the country? This is the question came up while I was reading this. This brings a different perspective on the movie that I didn’t consider. It makes me question what intention was truly justice for the masses of China at the time. The next thing I like to talk about is the calligraphy because you went pretty in-depth in this is history. How the connection to swords and writing how do they connect? I think it’s about knowledge of the order of the strokes in writing versus swords might be random strikes, maybe the combination together creates peace or balance between the two. Your review changed how I see the movie. It was a good one.

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  17. James Carter 6th period
    I think the message of the film is the power of love and patience and the destructive ness of revenge. These messages are shown by the two assassins in the end die together. Another example is when the main character in a the end doesn’t kill the king because he saw what would happen if he killed him. I think in these selected scenes are trying convey confusion, peace, and to show how interconnected art the themes of the movie are. The channels of work together because of how back and forth the story is. Every piece of clothing, word, place and fight is in it’s own way a major part of the movie.

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  18. NASTASHIA GILBERT September 29, 2019 — 4:21 pm

    1) I believe that the filmaker wants to describe the martial arts in the movie. I also believe its about a certain Chinese tradition.
    2) The message communicated by the effects. I can see it through people dying and happening. It could also be all the drama. Its a sad ending of hero the great wall standing among the mountains.
    3) I believe that the filmaker is trying to explain what they are good at. What they are known for.
    4)I think that in order to have a really good film is to have all these features to come with it. When these features are in, they make a really good storyline. Most of these make the film intense. I dont think that the space is seen as anything to the characters. There could be sybolic use of props. Like when one of the charcters was in the library and took down all the scrolls with his sword. The lighting and sound effects could make the film intence or funny. But I believe it depends on thats persons idea like the view of the film.
    D) I feel like the drama represents the movie as a whole. The fighting gives the significance of the movie.

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  19. The movie hero is a message about love, hope, and unity in the divided land of China. The movie is trying to portray that one person’s actions can have an impact that can bring people together or tear them apart. These messages are communicated through the constant scenes of love and joy and longing for a United China. The use of character writing is constant and in the 20th version of sword, it was written as the joining of man and land and in the end of the movie the words our land are written which are what convince nameless to spare the emporer so he can achieve his goal of uniting china. Swords are a big prop In the movie and the reason for that is because martial arts in hero were rooted in swords and the character that portrays the most important message was sword.

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  20. The filmmaker is trying to communicate the importance of being united as one and the importance of that message to how China became one nation. Throughout the movie Hero they tried to assassinate the king of Qin for killing people from the tribe of Zhao and to get their revenge from him. Later on, his assassins begin to hear the statement, “our land” which makes them reconsider their decision to assassinate the king to help him achieve his goal in trying to unite the tribes into one, when they realize that what he’s doing is actually good for them and that killing him would just make matters worse.

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  21. The movie “Hero,” communicated a story of the Qin Dynasty. The film used music to effect the mood and sound effects to show feelings. A good scene was the court when the story was told multiple times, themes like the unification of China and conquering the rest of China became clear. Visual images relayed important biases while the speech communicated emotions. The sound effects and music helped to convey the mood and make scenes more interesting. The film effectively used print to give background information and supporting details. The scene/segment from the court storytelling scene was important to bring the flashbacks back to the present.

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  22. From leonardo period 2 September 28, 2019 — 10:33 pm

    From the beginning to the end the the movie hero does not disappoint. It is a masterpiece from the culture, to the martial arts and actions scenes. But what concludes it is the forgiveness, sacrifice, and loyalty which tells this unique story.

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  23. The movie was alright. The meaning of the movie was kinda off for me especially with all the flashbacks, I couldn’t keep up. But with the acting and characters were great.

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  24. (Cindy Tran from period 8) The messages the filmmaker displayed in the movie “ Hero” is we as a nation shouldn’t be divided by our endeavors with each other instead be united as one. An example of this is a scene when Broken Sword first fought the King of Qin. He came to the realization that the King’s “tyrant” action across the nation was at part to unite. He came into the conclusion that if he, Broken Sword had killed him it would turn into utter chaos. This event took three years prior to the events of the movie. The visual of the use of the color green is a symbol of harmony to establish Broken Sword’s conclusion to spare the king. The use of music is dramatic with the use of the action to harmonize with the music. The significance of this is the underlying message of a change of heart from Broken Sword who was from Zhao, a person that has the best justification to kill the king for revenge from his conquest. Yet he had spared him for the greater good because the character Nameless brought was written by Broken Sword. The two words Broken Sword said the character was “ Our Land.” which is significant for many reasons. First, harmony and unity as previously stated because that was the only way to stop the cycle of war and suffering across the nation. Second, it determined the finale of the movie. Having Nameless spare the King then moments later killed by him. His death was an honor that’s why there was a red fabric covering dead Nameless. He was seen as a hero in China making the King unite the rest of the nation later.
    How do all the mechanics work together to get the idea across is I’ll start with CG. Fix the CG and effects ruin the immersive storytelling because the atmosphere there with the banging music and the setting being the day creates a serene, but the tension puts insecurity to the viewer. When the characters were about to make their first move the overdramatic tension is now gone with the effects looked so out of place. The angles were precise although were too long of a shot. This makes the action scenes quite awkward. The speech in this film is very formal and eloquent as the characters speak in metaphors often enough which create some immersion especially when they change in tone for certain scenes. For example, while Nameless is conversating with the King of Qin their tone is loud and sharp. To imply this scene is high stakes. The scenery and background are gorgeous taken place in water and urban settings. Sound effects are dramatic to emphasize how much the characters want to win or take revenge just like Nameless’s first version of the story with everyone in red clothing. Where Moon and Snow were fighting. Moon was enraged with the drums, screams, and music mirroring the fight. What all these factors together with getting the point of “Our Land” pretty well with some of its shortcomings said before. The serene atmosphere with all the colors transitioning the series of events of the stories. Gers the point across being very straightforward in speech so not confusing. Expressions are clear and are so obvious to the viewer on what’s happening.

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  25. Kristian DeMarco, 8th period,
    My thoughts about the movie “Hero” is that it is a good and important film to those who care about the history of China, but want a fun way to explore and learn about it’s past. As far as acting, writing and the flow of the film goes, it is a pretty good quality, scene transitions work well together when it goes from the “nameless hero” telling his story, to the actual story being laid out for you to see for yourself. For special effects in the movie, for the most part it’s good, and the movie isn’t supposed to be very close to how real life is, it is entertaining to see the protagonist glide through the air while he fights his opponents in the action scenes. Thus being said, the fight scenes are well written and performed really well even though I find them a little over-the-top. One thing I did particularly enjoy was the music throughout the movie, it really played well into the theme of the movie and the overall tone of the setting and time period. The dialogue of the film flows well together and represents the time well with the way they speak in a very formal manner. My review of this movie is overall positive, I’d recommend anyone who is learning Chinese or is interested in the culture to watch this movie, on a scale of 1-10, I’d give this movie an 8/10.

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  26. “Hero” by Zhang Yimou is a movie that is raw but complex. That is how I would describe this movie in a short phrase. After watching the whole film and processing it all, I’ve come to a conclusion on the meaning of it. I believe the meaning of the entire movie is acceptance. What I mean by that is to accept what has happened or what is to happen. Often, we choose to not accept the past or the present for various reasons. It could be that we don’t want to accept the reality that we’re in or simply we don’t agree with what’s happening. There’s only so much we, as humans, can take before we burst and it’s better to accept and resolve those issues before they manifest. It is hard to accept something you’ve been fighting against or ignoring but in the end, acceptance is the key to moving on and letting go.
    In the movie, we are shown various scenes where all the colors they’re wearing change as the storyline does. But what stuck out to me the most was the first color they wore which was red. To me, the red in the beginning signifies the wrath the characters felt, whether it was because they were misunderstood or angry as well as hurt from past events. It’s a strong and vibrant color to start with which makes sense considering wrath is a strong and vibrant emotion we experience. Yet, as the movie progresses we finally end on the color white which I believe signifies their acceptance. White is a pure and calming color, a drastic difference from the red. I feel the white shows their growth, their growth with changing and accepting everything for what it. This is the final stage of acceptance that they’ve reached and now all they have to do is let go.
    A case of this happening is the relationship between Broken Sword and Flying Snow, two assassins in the film. Straight from the beginning, we’re able to see all the negative emotions being harboured towards one another from the pair. The pain, jealousy, and anger between the two is strong and red, bright in fury and hot like the sun. Both characters could not accept the past and chose to ignore it which caused their emotions to gradually get worse. Their relationship and emotional health suffered because of their lack of acceptance. Soon after, out of jealousy and anger that manifested, Flying Snow killed Broken Sword. This specific scenes shows how not coming to terms with issues that come your way and choosing to not resolve them isn’t the way to go. By ignoring the problem(s), you make it worse and the consequences may be severe. In this case, he lost his life and she lost her state of mind because they both couldn’t accept the past for what it was.
    Towards the end, in their last battle they wore white this time around instead of red like in the beginning. But it was Flying Snow who couldn’t accept both the past and present for what they were. Broken Sword, on the other hand, had already accepted what was happening and what was to come. He willingly let the woman he loved kill him. He stopped defending himself and let her pierce his body with her sword, falling to his knees at her will. He smiled as he was slowly bleeding out, running out of time. Why? To prove a point. Having the ability to move on and let go only happens when you accept the reality of the matter. He was tired of fighting against her and the denial she was in to make her come to that realization so he let her win. Only after his death did she see with her own eyes the truth and finally understood, killing herself with the same sword she killed him with. Thus showing this was the last stage for them, the acceptance of defeat and loss and finally letting go.
    This movie is very complex, there are multiple different meanings that lie within this film but personally, I feel that it comes down to acceptance. It’s a lesson that can be applied to our everyday life and various different situations that may arise. This is a film that I’ve already recommended to other people because of the amount of detail, time and effort that has gone into it. So I recommend it to you all as well, I’m curious as to what your reactions will be if and when you watch it.

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  27. Very Unrealistic

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