Hero-(2002)-"It helps to know the Chinese history, values, honor and how warriors may find their true destiny as lovers."
If you want to watch a martial arts movie with exciting action, there are hundreds of titles in the genre to choose from.
If, on the other hand, you want to watch a martial arts movie that has both exciting action as well as an incredibly unforgettable story that I would definitely recommend is the 2002 film Hero, directed by Zhang Yimou.
The movie centers on six principal characters. Jet Li plays a nameless warrior who is simply called Nameless.
He enters the palace of the emperor of the state of Qin after defeating three different assassins: Broken Sword, Flying Snow and Sky.
Also involved in the story is Sword's servant, a young girl named Moon.
What happens for nearly the first half of the movie is that Nameless fights Sky and explains to the Qin emperor how he defeated Sword, Moon, and Snow.
I'm not going to say what happens next.
The reason: there is a good twist here, and it's best that I not spoil the surprise.
Hero really is a beautifully made film.
Zhang Yimou did an outstanding job directing this film in a way that captivates the audience every step of the way, not to mention also being involved in writing the brilliant screenplay.
The same credit goes to the cast for their brilliant performances.
Hero has won numerous awards and was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
This movie works because of its great pace and fight scenes.
But the main reason that makes it a great movie is its music.
The music has a wonderful soul to it that takes to you to another world.
One of the best i have ever heard.
This movie is definitely a must watch.