Zhang Yimou's martial-arts epic Hero
has a boffo cast, a big budget, an award-winning crew and the burden of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
. Responsible for such hits as Red Sorghum
, Raise the Red Lantern
and The Road Home
, the award-winning director spoke recently to TIME Asia entertainment correspondent Stephen Short and Senior Reporter Susan Jakes on the set of Hero
in Hengdian, China. Edited excerpts:
TIME: Watching you shoot this morning, you looked a little stressed. Are you worrying a lot about this film?
Zhang Yimou: I always worry about actors during the fight...
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