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Anyone else see it? I loved it! It was well made, and a lot more than i expected! It was a masterpiece!

People are idiots, a lot of people thought this movie was directed my Quentin Tarintino, but its PRESENTED by him! And a lot of people thought it was in english! LOL did they get a big surprise when they had to read subtitles!


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Yeah, this movie has been out in the rest of the world for years now. I've had it on DVD for a while; and there's no mentio nof Tarintino anywhere on the disc

I'm still wondering why they edited some stuff out of the US release.


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seen that boring movie for like 3 years ago in Mandarin..
the senery ar nice...but very very boring... :shock:

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^^ that's why you need it on DVD so you can watch the cool parts and skip the rest


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People are idiots, a lot of people thought this movie was directed my Quentin Tarintino, but its PRESENTED by him!
pfft! It's not uncommon to give presentation credits to the director. Especially if the director also has a role on the production side. I don't have an oriental background so it's natural I wouldn't know what movies would be released in the far east. I don't see what that has to do with being an idiot. And seeing as how Tarantino has shown some recent interest in martial arts movies (ie. Kill Bill) I can see how people would make that mistake.

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Save for Spiderman2 and HP3 this has been a poor summer for movies, I will see this movie probably tomorrow in my mazda 3
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Watched it a couple of years ago, but I wanna watch it again in the big screen.

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Same here. It relies so much on its visuals, watching it on DVD probably doesn't do it justice.

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I've had this movie on DVD for over a year now. I've watched it over several times (I've shown it to some friends & family).

I believe it's a beautiful movie, but I already know it's not a movie for everyone. Part of it is because the movie involves a lot of China's cultural past, historical fiction, etc. And it's pace for action might seem a bit slow (even if the movie isn't that long in reality). Certain movie goers who expect to go watch Jet Li kick a lot of butt in this movie might be dissapointed because this is no "Romeo must Die" or "The One." I think hardcore Jet Li fans can appreciate it, though.

Yeah, the Quetin Taratino thing I couldn't stand. I KNOW that they said that he PRESENTED the movie, but for god's sake, would it have killed him or the advertisers to give the REAL director credit during the movie previews and tv commercials?

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Quentin gets credit because he convinced Miramaxe to actually release it in the original language rather than dubbing it. He has clout because of Kill Bill 1 and 2. Hero would never have been released properly (albeit two years late) if he hadn't championed it. The marketing department at Miramax is totally out to lunch. The trailers are so misleading and probably cut by someone who hadn't seen the film. Well, that's marketing. They lie to fill the seats. Shaolin Soccer the same thing. That movie is probably one of the most accessible of Asian films but it was sat on for a long time and the distributors didn't have faith enough to just put it out there. This is why Zhang Yimou's next film will be released by Sony Pictures Classics who did such a great job releasing Crouching Tiger.

But distributors treat Crouching Tiger as an abberation. It probably is an abberation because so much of film distribution is timing and being novel. Hero probably won't do as well because people have already seen Crouching Tiger and may assume it's the same thing. Besides, Crouching Tiger is a superior film in terms of characters and plot. Alas, North American audiences stick with what they know. That is the reality. No one knows who Zhang Yimou is even though he has previously been nominated many times in the Oscars. His films are successful only in the arthouse. So his name up in lights would mean little to the audience. Jet Li's name means more and Quentin Tarantino's even more than that.

Last year Last of the Samurai came out at the same time as two much better Japanese samurai films. Zatoichi is so much more entertaining than the Tom Cruise film. And Twilight Samurai is a much better dramatic film. But the Cruise films gets the pedestal because of Cruise.

All I have to say is, at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the Vancouver International Film Festival there are lots of Asian (and other countries') films to see. Zhang Yimou's next, House of the Flying Daggers is at TIFF. Get your fill then because you may never get the chance to see these films on the big screen again in North America.

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