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February 21, 2004

Miramax Pushes Hero Back. Again. Anybody Surprised?

— Posted by Rodney

I just don’t get why Miramax honchos aren’t singing the praises of Zhang Yimou‘s Hero from the roof tops, but once again rather than actually releasing the film they’ve delayed it. This time they’re saying summer 2004, which most people seem to think means sometime in August. Yet another delay on this became pretty much inevitable when they pushed the release of Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 2 back to Hero’s April release date, but it’s still dead irritating.

In happier Yimou related news, Monkey Peaches has posted a series of production stills from his newest film, the title of which is being variously reported as Ambush From Ten Directions, House of 1000 Daggers and Lovers. The images mostly revolve around the very difficult to look at Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro. This one looks as though it will be a worthy follow up to the brilliance of Hero. Check them out:
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  • Bubba

    In some cases (i.e. Zu Warriors) I’m pretty sure that they buy things site unseen and then realize that they aren’t actually very good. In other cases they buy things as strategic moves because they have similarly themed films of their own coming out and they want to corner all the press and screen space – these ones they buy specifically to keep off the shelves. In other cases I think they buy things knowing that they’re good films but have such a low regard for the north american audience that they don’t think the films can be successful in their original, overly asian state and thus embark on a long, long process of tinkering with them, in the process generally stripping out everything that made them great in the first place. In Hero’s case it seems that it’s a combination of part two and three … they don’t know how to market it (here’s a clue: show it to people. Everybody that’s seen it loves it) and now they’re shuffling it around to avoid siphoning viewing money away from Kill Bill, which they have a much higher investment in.

  • Day-vuhl

    Okay, I’m getting a little ticked of Miramax’s stupid antics..
    Someone over there MUST know that the company handles crap like this is the most mundane and idiotic way possible. – They must have some sort of clue.
    Is there a particular reason why they keep cramming perfectly good films straight up their back-chutes? It’s like the get off on it.. in fact.. maybe they do.

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