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I’ve been looking forward to Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” since first hearing about it what seems like a dozen years ago. Finally, it hits big screens in North America this weekend. Unfortunately, Stephen Hunter’s review at the Washington Post reveals that the movie ultimately is something a bit more insidious than mindless chop-socky — it’s an apology for totalitarianism.

    The movie, spectacular as it is, in the end confronts what must be called the tyrant’s creed, and declares itself in agreement with the tyrant.

No wonder the Chinese government was so willing to let him film where ever he wanted.

  1. Slappy says:

    If it’s underlying political themes you’re looking for, WWB, check out The Village. They’re right up your alley.

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