Official Press Release
San Jose, CA – ComicsOne, America’s one and only publisher of English translated Hong Kong Kung Fu comics has just announced the acquisition of yet another movie property for comic adaptation! ComicsOne’s HERO graphic novel will lead the charge with a February 2004 release. Following in just a few short months, the movie HERO (starring Jet Li) will make its U.S. debut on the silver screen from Miramax Films.
HERO illustrated by Wing Shing Ma (Storm Riders, Heaven Sword & Dragon Sabre), is the graphic novel adaptation of Zhang Yimou’s breathtaking 2003 Oscar nominated martial arts movie. At the height of China’s Warring States period, the country was splintered into seven kingdoms: Qin, Zhao, Han, Wei, Yan, Chu, and Qi. For years the separate kingdoms fought ruthlessly for supremacy. This brought decades of death and suffering to the people of the battered landscape. The soon-to-be Emperor of China is on the cusp of conquering the war-torn, but three martial arts masters are determined to assassinate him first. However, one loyal subject stands in their way, ironically in the name of peace for all the land.
HERO is a gripping story with a twisting turning plot that will keep readers poised in anticipation. Mr. Ma has truly outdone himself with this outstanding artistic accomplishment. His life-like representations of the film’s all-star cast including Jet Li, Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi are nothing short of uncanny. And if that isn’t enough to wet your mental palate, then those few who have been privileged enough to see the Chinese release of the movie will be pleased to know HERO the graphic novel contains an alternate ending written by Mr. Ma and approved by the film’s creator – Zhang Yimou.
About the Film’s Director: Chinese film director Zhang Yimou is a world-renowned storyteller, but HERO is his martial arts film debut. He began his film career as a cinematographer, and his work for Chen Kaige’s The Yellow Earth (1983) helped launch the “Fifth Generation,” filmmakers who brought back sensuality and emotion to Chinese movies. Zhang made his directorial debut with Red Sorghum (1987), which starred Gong Li in the first of her acclaimed roles. Noted for his technical mastery, he also directed such films as Ju Dou (1990), Raise the Red Lantern (1991), The Story of Qiu Ju (1992), To Live (1994), and Shanghai Triad (1995).
The stand-alone GN will be available in February 2004. The full color 128 page graphic novels will be priced at $16.95. Visit http://www.comicsone.com/hero/ for more detailed series information.