Visiting my parents for the holidays in Taiwan. Went to Hong Kong for a couple of days, and saw numerous posters for a new flick called HERO. The cast reads like a "who's who" of Hong Kong cinema: Jet Li (self-explanatory), Donnie Yen (Iron Monkey, Once Upon a Time In China 2), Tony Leung (In the Mood For Love, Chungking Express, Bullet In the Head), Maggie Cheung (In the Mood For Love, Chungking Express), Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Rush Hour 2). The soundtrack features Itzhak Perlman and KODO. It looks to be a period piece, with lush scenery and wicked fast wire-enhanced swordplay. Didn't get to see the movie (wouldn't have understood it without subtitles, anyways), but found out it's being distributed by Miramax. IMDB states that while the original version is 120 minutes, the US version to come out in 2003 will be a mere 96 minutes long. Heaven knows if Perlman's violin virtuosity will even be preserved or whether the music will be replaced with rap as per Miramax's usual butchery style. Does anyone know if there is any chance in the world for this movie to make it to the states intact, either in the theatre or on DVD, or will this apparently great movie join the ranks of Fist of Legend, Iron Monkey, and Drunken Master 2?