Hero ★★★★★

Great gangster film, floridly directed and sportively acted. Part of the Chinese Bund sub-genre, Hero has the substance of an old Hollywood 30s gangster picture along with the energy of a 90s action flick. The battles are thrilling and the character drama is swift and well done; perhaps too swift as I wouldn't have minded a longer film. If this was done today, it would probably have enough material for an entire show. Apparently this is a remake of an earlier film called Boxer from Shantung, I guess I'll have to check that out.