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(2002), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 27, 2004
72 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(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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  • Ex 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. (NIV) Exod. 20:13 You shall not murder. [Suicide is murder of the self.]
  • **"Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation.
  • 1 Thess. 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
  • Gal. 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    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)

    HERO, a.k.a. Ying Xiong (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • talk of much killing in warfare
  • martial arts violence, repeatedly, some graphic
  • death by sword, no gore
  • several arrow deaths under massive assault
  • people impaled with arrows still working at routine tasks
  • jealousy murder by sword, graphic
  • sword killings, repeatedly, graphic but none with gore
  • images of sword penetration into bodies, multiple views
  • execution by arrow, non-graphic

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • none noted

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • rear male nudity
  • tale of sexual immorality
  • intercourse under sheets with sounds
  • second intercourse, implied

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • lots of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" flying
  • suggestion of using unholy forces
  • running on water

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • suicide by sword impalement for love, two



    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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