I've been a fan of Chinese and Hong Kong movies for years and nice to see they're finally getting more recognition aboad. Hero follows in the footsteps of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Iron Monkey.
Hero has a fantastic cast: Jet Li (Once Upon a Time in China, Twin Warriors, Fist of Legend, Kiss of the Dragon, etc), Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Hard Boiled), Maggie Cheung (Project A, Dragon Inn), and Donnie Yen (Dragon Inn, Iron Monkey, Blade II, Shanghai Knights). It's one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen, and as you'd expect, jaw-dropping fights against stunning backdrops.
You shouldn't miss this opportunity to see it on the big screen, it's on the same scale as epics by Akira Kurusawa and Hiroshi Inagaki. You should dismiss anyone who tells you it's just the same as Crouching Tiger, it more than stands on it's own. After you're done, catch Donnie Yen and Maggie Cheung in Dragon Inn and perhaps rent some classic Jet Li, you won't regret it.