I just saw Hero. Very good movie, incredible wire work, amazing cinematography, loved it. But… I really disliked the ending. It seems to me that the “moral” of the story is crude propaganda- almost faschist. Basically, it says that a leader acting on behalf of the greater good may do anything to advance that good, regardless of consequences for individuals. To wit, one can imagine the current Chinese leadership using exactly the same arguments to justify Tianamen Square and the repression of Falun Gong and other religion minorities and political dissadents. It’s an appealling idea, in the context of the movie, but, in the end, a morally bankrupt one.
Anyone else have thoughts?