Hero Opening Sequence – Textual Analysis

Hero opening sequence textual analysis

  • Chinese music sets the scene – setting
  • Story is set by text at the beginning – Elizabeth
  • Black horses and flags – evil
  • Voice over by character – introduces, more story
  • Talks about King
  • Costumes show what time the film was set
  • Special effects – soldiers in the court
  • People with weapons dressed in black – one man In white
  • Hand held camera – following – steadicam
  • Long shots showing soldiers – special effect
  • Strip searched, threatened to be killed
  • Dark, dank atmosphere in the king’s throne room
  • Candles – peace
  • King dressed in black – evil
  • Shots slow down when on Protagonist
  • Grey, dark colours
  • Map of china and the provinces
  • Clouds moving fast – distance
  • Slow music – Juxtaposition
  • Slow motion shot of Nameless – power
  • Servants of the king – all hail his majesty
  • Blind devotion
  • Digetic music in the throne room – man hitting the pipes
  • Large scale
  • Army symbolises violence
  • Gets a set reward – good
  • Non digetic music at the start
  • Repetitive chant – significance of the king
  • Other characters sound frightened – not king and main character
  • Lots of shouting – no informal talking
  • Colours – different story strands – red=hero’s lie – blue=what king believes – white=truth
  • Wideness of the land – vastness of china
  • Candles – significant
  • Feudal times
  • Anti-authority
  • No women
  • Worship the king
  • King – Powerful, isolated, lonely, evil,
  • Continuity errors
  • Hero – Orphan, no name, Mysterious, isolated-not physically, not connected to the king, similar character to the king
  • Army is cg
  • Time lapse – clouds moving faster
  • Buildings – cgi
  • Close ups of protagonist’s face – Intensity – Focus
  • Low angle shots – intimidate
  • High angle shot – exaggerates scale – insignificance
  • Boxing – stylised
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