Fighting The Good Fight

With arrows flying and swords clanking, Jet Li holds Out for a Hero

The last samurai: Jet Li in 'Hero'
Miramax Films
The last samurai: Jet Li in 'Hero'

Together, their characters offset the grandeur of the king and his dreams, the idea that the suffering of a few is worth enduring for the greater good of many. This U.S. release bears a new, sharper English translation that emphasizes Hero's found paradox: the beauty and fleetingness of the individual life. In the movie, China's first ruler finally accepts the challenge of that paradox. In our America, one is "partisan" for noticing the raw absences of 900-plus rare individuals, not to mention thousands of civilian Iraqis. For the good of whom?

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