A Man Called Hero

1999 [CN]

Action / Adventure / Drama / Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 48% · 5K ratings
IMDb Rating 5.7/10 10 2057 2.1K

Plot summary

After Hero Hua marries Jade and leaves her in China, he goes to America to work as a servant and rebels against cruel labour conditions. Jade soon joins him in New York, where they build a family.

September 19, 2023 at 10:29 AM


Wai-Keung Lau

Top cast

Qi Shu as Mu
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1.03 GB
Chinese 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 54 min
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1 hr 54 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Movie-Misfit 7 / 10

Fantastic comic book action based on The Blood Sword!

A cinematic adaptation of one of my favourite comic books, The Blood Sword – this FX filled fantasy has enough going for it, but there's just something about it that keeps me jumping between 3 and 4 stars. And I don't know why…

At times I find it quite entertaining, and other times, not so much.

If I'm honest, I have to say my main complaint would be the CGI – but not all of it. A Man Called Hero was the follow-up to Storm Riders (which suffers from the same problems) and back when they first came out, they were the dogs balls by HK standards. And now, with the fast growing and ever changing standards of CGI work, they seem a little out- dated. But hey, that's all I can really say bad about it..!

CGI aside, A Man Called Hero is a pretty damn good show, made more enjoyable if you know the comic book and characters that go along with it.

Director Andrew Lau has put together a strong cast which also included the big screen return of the superb Yuen Biao, and everyone does a pretty good job at what they do. The super cool Ekin Cheng plays Hero, while the handsome Nicholas Tse plays his son.

The action is aplenty, although carefully spaced out, and even though it is sometimes hindered by the aforementioned CGI, it's handled pretty well and should keep most fight fans happy.

The highlight of the action department is the fight on the Statue Of Liberty which really does, put X-Men to shame. Another great looking battle is the one between Francis Ng and Anthony Wong in the rain, which really looks like a fight scene straight from the pages of the comic.

Check it out…

You will enjoy it at least once, if only for Yuen Biao's appearance in traditional Peking Opera gear.

Reviewed by nickthegun 7 / 10

HK cinema is heading in the right direction.

Its really hard to write a review for this kind of film. On the one hand AMCH wants to be a credible story led film. OK, So what about the story. Well it is a strange affair. On the one hand, the hardship the Chinese felt, the bad guy and his ninja squad and a lot of the quest to find hero were pretty good. But on the other hand too many loose ends are left and some things seem to happen for no reason. What's with the weird gay subplot with hero's best friend? What's up with shadow? Why didn't he try and kick invincible's ass, instead of letting 'boss' get his handed to him (I know they were played by the same person, but, hey)? And what the hell happened to Hero's daughter (I accept that it sort of implies that's his latest quest, to find her, but they could have let us know. And why did he blow up the one man who knew where she might be?)?

As a martial arts film it is a strange beast. The only actual bit of traditional kung fu is when hero is showing off his talents to his prospective teacher. The rest is mostly wire work and hardcore CGI, which, for the most part, is pretty good. Shadow zips around, the Ninjas all have captain planet style powers and the face off between Pride and Invincible is awesome. But there just are not enough moments like these. I suppose ructions all the time would take away from what the director is trying to achieve (a man who hates fighting and death), but just one or two more or the existing ones eked out a bit would have been nice, if only to break up the slightly laborious pace.

On the whole, though, it is hard not to like AMCH. The sets are fantastic. The costumes and cast are all uniformly good and the cinematography is superb. The plot holes are forgivable and if you want to see non-stop kung fu action, go rent an old Shaw Brothers flick. The good far outweighs the bad, as far as I'm concerned and the two-disk set is a proud edition to my DVD collection. Its far too easy to cuss up this film, simply because the typical western audience for a martial arts movie don't seem to be ready to try something different. Shaaaame

Reviewed by veganflimgeek 8 / 10


Only 5 out of ten on votes? What are you people thinking? I am affraid maybe people or taking this movie too serious. Personally I think this is an awesome Comic book movie. While I am not sure what Chinese comic book feels like, this felt like a comic book. The Epic, Sometimes tragic birth of a super hero is prime comic stuff. While Yuen Biao is wasted in a small role This film has alot to offer Fantasy fans.

Hardcore Kung Fu fans will be bored but Wire Fu addicts will enjoy.

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athrun45 September 19, 2023 at 12:10 pm

it brings back my childhood memories when my father still alive.. this is our favorite movie that we used to watch together..