Great visual effects but weak storyline and what lesson do you learn?
No one sticks to their true principles
This movie is a masterwork of Martial Arts choreography and wire-work, cinematography, color scheming, political commentary, theme building, character development, and narritive. All of those things by themselves can make a great movie but in this movie they are used in conjunction so brilliantly that they bring the film to the highest level of achievement.
This movie is beautiful, puzzling, heartbreaking, and challenging.
Watch this movie. If it doesn't make sense, wait a year or two, watch it again. Then wait another few years and watch it again.
TL;DR: Visually beautiful film that tells a story about self sacrifice, passion and choice.
The cinematographer also used splashes of glamorous color in the film, in the fight scenes with the yellow leaves was just amazing. The fight scene on the lake was also an exceptional piece while they dodged each other's swords on air; we get to understand the art in martial arts.
After too many people recommended me to watch the most expensive Chinese film ever made, I finally did. To be honest my mind was blown away, this is a masterpiece. To start, when you hear of a China Kung-Fu action film you think of the normal unbearable films. But hero was awesome, each fight sequence was well done especially the lake fight sequence. Every shot was worth the time put on it.
The production design done in this film was very good. I had to watch the film twice to get the plot. The story was a bit hard to understand. But by watching the second time, the story unfolds in your mind and you can confidently make a judgement about the film.
The pacing of the film was well done especially in the fight scenes they were not too fast nor too slow unlike most Hollywood films. Now it's time to name the best scene, this was the fight scene between the two ladies. At the end of the scene the color of the leaves turn to red nice play
Finally it's a shame I never had a chance to watch the movie in the cinemas, despite that it is finally one of my best films of all time.