What Got This Director Here?: His 90s work.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Raise the Red Lantern.
What Did I Watch: Hero.
Where Does He Fit: Hero justifies its existence alone by the fight between Maggie Cheung and Zhang Yimou, a feat out of the silent era and with the best use of color in a film that is already blowing out our irises with it. It’s a shame the politics of this are so rancid, because this is elemental filmmaking, a thin story that nevertheless devastates as a melodrama and is tremendously satisfying in the way of the best action films. All you need are some of the most soulful actors on the planet to make a great piece of wuxia, plus impeccable direction from someone who knows his choreography better than John Woo.
Most Valuable Asset: Color.
Most Excited For: Ju Dou.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.
Coming Up Next: Hal Ashby, the quirkiest auteur of the 70s.