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original title: Shi mian mai fu


  • BBFC 15
  • German DVD
Release: Jul 25, 2010 - Author: azog - Translator: Gladion - external link: IMDB
The UK-DVD, released by Pathé (BBFC 15), has been compared to the German DVD by Constantin Film.

Length of cuts = 17,56 sec

Zhang Yimou's sequel to Hero needed to have three parts cut for the release in Great Britain because those scenes depict horses falling, and you can safely assume that the animals were badly injured because of this.

The two location-overlays were extended with additional (translated) overlays in Germany, apart from that, the DVD does not contain any subtitles.


UK: 00:00:00
DE: 00:00:00
In the beginning, the UK-DVD shows a black screen longer than its German counterpart.
UK: +2 sec

UK: 00:00:34
GER: 00:00:32

The German DVD had the introduction in the beginning adjusted (translated).


UK: 00:29:57
GER: 00:29:55

All the three cuts were made at the beginning of Mei's (Ziyi Zhang) and Jin's (Takeshi Kaneshiro) escape. Jin found the lost daggers and rushes back to Mei, who is being discovered and attacked by the soldiers.

Mei hits one of the horses with the shaft and steed and rider fall.

6 sec

UK: 00:29:59
GER: 00:30:03

Shortly after, the next sodlier attacks Mei with the spear, she can block the thrust and downs him with a hit.

2,5 sec

UK: 00:30:03
GER: 00:30:10

Subsequently, the versions run in sync for a short time before another equestrian approaches Mei. He thrusts his spear forwards. Mei can dodge it and swings herself onto his hore. She attacks the equestrian from behind and they fall.

9,5 sec