Hero (English Subtitled)

7.91 h 39 min2004X-RayPG-13
HD. 'Nameless' warrior Jet Li defeats three of his country's most fierce assassins at the dawn of the first Chinese empire.
Zhang Yimou
Jet LiTony LeungMaggie Cheung
None available
Audio languages
Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started.
Add to Watchlist
Add to
By ordering or viewing, you agree to our Terms. Sold by Amazon.com Services LLC.
Write review

More details

Supporting actors
Zhang ZiyiChen Dao MingDonnie Yen
Zhang Yimou
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Content advisory
Nuditysexual contentviolence
Purchase rights
Stream instantly Details
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Available to watch on supported devices


4.6 out of 5 stars

2160 global ratings

  1. 80% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
Sorted by:

Top reviews from the United States

SpikeReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
It says subtitled, but it dubbed
Verified purchase
I have a string dislike for or the visually silly practice of dubbing, and the Starz version of this is dubbed, in spite of being labelled as subtitled. A great film ruined by dubbing.
35 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Stunning to watch with a story about the heroism and sacrifices of the main characters
Verified purchase
Hero is an epic Chinese period piece. The ruler of Qin (Chen Daoming) orders his nameless warrior (Jet Li) to kill the warriors of the rival kingdom of Zhao, namely Sky (Donnie Yen), Snow (Maggie Cheung) and Broken Sword (Tony Leung). The story is about the heroism of the main characters.

The movie has great aesthetics. It used huge sets such as the Great Hall of the King of Qin that give you a real sense of power. When Nameless fights Sky it’s raining and there are all kinds of shots of droplets hitting bowls and the water falling from the roof shingles. Then there’s some amazing cinematography featuring a desert landscape followed by strong colors such as shades of red used in the city Snow and Broken Sword live in. The red was foreshadowing what would happen to the inhabitants. The use of colors is one of the most striking parts of the film. They also change when the stories are retold in different ways. This was something director Yimou Zhang was known for in some of his other releases.

Of course there’s plenty of martial arts sequences as well. Some are individual fights like Snow vs Broken Sword’s lover Moon (Zhang Ziyi) which features a swirling dervish of leaves. Others are huge war scenes such as when a whole army fires a sea of arrows trying to kill Snow and Broken Sword. Nameless and Snow end up going outside to fend off some of the arrows so that Broken Sword and paint a variation of the word sword. There’s plenty of the wirework which started with Hong Kong kung fu films and everything is done very stylishly.

You can’t really explain the theme without spoiling the story. What you can say is that it’s about the sacrifices the characters make.

Overall a stunning movie to watch.
5 people found this helpful
Zachary D. PettyReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Review for 2013 Steelbook Blu Ray
Verified purchase
I've recently been exploring the Wuxia and Xianxia genres in modern film, looking for the cream of the crop, and "Hero" was a suggestion that appears time and time again. And for very good reason.

This isn't just a best in-genre film, but perhaps one of the greatest films ever made. Incredibly artistic imagery, full of beautiful color, amazing battle sequences... and for me, the 5.1 audio production on this blu ray release will give you chills. The audio design in this film was just genius level, and masterfully executed by the engineers.

And not sure about other releases, but in the 2013 steelbook (which is the newest release, as far as I know), you do have the original 5.1 Dolby Digital in Mandarin, as well as 5.1 DTS English overdubbed, if that's your preference.

This film is seriously high art. Zhang Yimou absolutely created a masterpiece here. I would give it 7 stars if I could.

Oh, and the Steelbook is categorized in the Multi-format category here on Amazon, which includes the Blu Ray disc and digital redemption code. There's no standard definition DVD, just to be clear.

4 people found this helpful
Keeshia BarkerReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Very pretty (well shot) but sometimes to the point of being ...
Verified purchase
Artsy to an extreme. Very pretty (well shot) but sometimes to the point of being a cologne/fragrance commercial, but there is plenty of pretty for the eye to take in. The story is thin but entertaining in a way you expect from ancient legends no matter the culture. Fight choreography is alright, but nothing innovative or heart pumping. The fights serve more as a dance than to express violence. Also... the version that says "English Subtitles" on Prime is actually dubbed with no options aside from English. An example of Amazon Prime still having issues with labels on foreign films.
17 people found this helpful
Just As I AmReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
but saw it on a '10 most beautiful movies of all time' list so felt to see ...
Verified purchase
Sword fights and martial arts is not my kind of movie, but saw it on a '10 most beautiful movies of all time' list so felt to see it. Stunningly beautiful, laced with the perfect music score; the slow pace of depth and contemplative silence, with words few and far between, yet so well placed that when the fluid dance of the art of sword flight is mesmerizing in its dynamic surrealism or the swelling music of events occurs, by contrast it makes the whole movie vibrant and deeply grounded in a realm extraordinarily rare in films. Scenery magnificent, costumes and sets shine as jewels in the storyline; culturally fascinating. Early on, would have said it didn't have a heart; there was a coldness throughout, which even the passion of their purpose, or the love and death-tears, couldn't melt. Yet in the end, it came together with such resolution and insight from that quiet contemplation, that mastery of the twin-craft itself as Master teacher. 'Use the thorn to remove the thorn, then both thorns can be thrown away'..., so to speak. Not an easy film for someone who has a hard time with violence; tho it was minimal, it was as poignant as that which the story was made of. A rich experience, and truly one of the most visually beautiful and deeply ambient, culturally engaging movies I've seen. Thanks for having it here.
12 people found this helpful
SMReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Best of the Wuxia Films.
Verified purchase
The last time I watched Hero it was 2004. It still holds up. The story is a little silly and the last fifteen minutes are a little contrived. Plus, it is a little too pro-Chinese Government. Nevertheless, the cinematography is gorgeous, the action enthralling, and the plot interesting enough to make this one of the most entertaining Chinese films. I highly recommend it.
6 people found this helpful
KatarinaReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
Just Say "No" to the North American Version
Verified purchase
Don't get me wrong. This movie is amazing. But like many others have stated, Miramax simply does not do this film justice. Really. Do yourself a big favor and track down the Chinese or Elite Japanese version. I downloaded the movie (Chinese original version) before I bought it here and was absolutely taken aback by the beautiful masterwork in this story. The colors, the music, the characters, everything. But what I fell in love with was the dialogue. The translation was superb, concise and didn't glare out or detract from the movie.

None of that transferred to the North American release. The picture itself was mediocre and the translation was completely different. Clumsy wording and flowery excesses replaced the verbal clarity and efficiency that moved me. The pounding Kodo drums and swelling violins fell flat next to the lead weight of the stupid dialogue which popped on the screen as a distracting garish yellow. "Ruined" doesn't even do what Miramax did to this movie justice. They skewered it worse than Broken Sword at the end of the movie. Butchered. So disappointing.

Sadly, this DVD is going in my pile destined for Goodwill, though letting someone repurchase this mutilated junk seems to kind of defeat the purpose.

Will happily spend three times as much and buy foreign version.
14 people found this helpful
Scott MeyerReviewed in the United States on May 23, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
sort of) but with lively and masterful storytelling and every frame is amazing to look
Verified purchase
Everyone in the world should see this movie. It's very astute historically (based on an actual event, sort of) but with lively and masterful storytelling and every frame is amazing to look at
6 people found this helpful
See all reviews