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(2002), PG-13 -- a most difficult story to summarize...
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Distribution (US): Miramax Films
Director(s): Yimou Zhang
Producer(s): Shoufang Dou, William Kong, Philip Lee, Weiping Zhang, Yimou Zhang, Zhenyan Zhang
Written by: Feng Li, Bin Wang, Yimou Zhang
Cinematography/Camera: Christopher Doyle
Music: Dun Tan
Film Editing: Angie Lam, Vincent Lee, Ru Zhai
Production Design: Tingxiao Huo, Zhenzhou Yi
Art Direction: Tingxiao Huo
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Hero, also known as Ying Xiong (2002) is a rather complex film combining explosions of color with operatic density in a somewhat poetic fabric of fighting in ballet rather than combat and period story-telling. It is rather complex, indeed. It is also entirely subtitled.
More than two millennia ago, the king of Qin (Daoming Chen) tried to form a unified nation of six warring regions of China. A nameless warrior (Jet Li) reported to the king of Qin that he had eliminated three of the king's most feared enemies: Sky (Donnie Yen); Broken Sword (Tony Leung Chiu Wai); Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung). As the nameless warrior tells the king of his escapades, they are pitted against what the king guessed what happened. It is a most difficult story to summarize. That it was entirely subtitles doesn't help.
But whatever the story, the film was not as across-the-board offensive as most PG-13 movies. With a final score of 72 this film was more of a "hard" PG than a PG-13. However, Hero is fully equivalent to some R-rated movies in Wanton Violence/Crime (W) in the comparative baseline database, particularly because of the double suicide by sword [1 Cor. 15:33, Ex 20:13]. But the film is numerically equivalent to G-rated movies in Impudence/Hate (I) and Drugs/Alcohol (D) and to PG-rated films in Sexual Immorality (S), Offense to God (O) and "hard" PG in Murder/Suicide (M).
Sexually immoral demonstrations did include rear male nudity [**] and intercourse with sounds but fully covered with sheets, about like soap opera sex (which can be very vulgar) [1 Thess. 4:3]. Offense to God noted lots of flying and suggestion of unholy forces at work and running on water in mockery of our Lord who walked on water [Gal. 6:7]. Whom else do you know of besides Jesus and to a lesser extent, Paul who has walked on water? The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was noted.
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As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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