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Genre: Crime/Thriller
Starring: Takuya Kimura, Takako Matsu, Nene Ohtsuka, Hiroshi Abe, Masanobu Katsumura, Fumiyo Kohinata, Norito Yashima, Takuzo Kadono, Kiyoshi Kodama, Kazuyoshi Morita, Kiichi Nakai, Koshiro Matsumoto, Lee Byung Hun,
Director: Mazayuki Suzuki
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007




- Main Trailer
- Teaser Trailer
- TV Spots




Languages: Japanese & Mandarin
Subtitles: Chinese & English
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: -
Running Time: 2 hrs 11 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Simply Fun




Based on the popular drama series that won the hearts of Asian audience, HERO returns! This is the most anticipated movie of the year as it opens in 475 theatres and is all time biggest release in Japan ever. The movie is set to break the box office records.

Kohei Kuryu (Takuya Kimura), the prosecutor who shirks suit and tie for a pair of jeans but is never casual about his pursuit for the truth, is back! Besides the original TV series cast, Korean heartthrob Lee-Byung Hung is in it and was shot partly in Busan. This time, he is involved in an obscure case of manslaughter that turns into the trial of the century.


When a movie starts its theme music and credits only after twenty minutes into the duration, you know you are in for something unconventional.

A spin-off from the popular 2001 Japanese drama serial of the same name, the movie runs just like the 11-episodes serial, including the set design and cinematography is an exact replication. If you loved the character Takuya Kimura from the pop outfit, SMAP plays, Takuya’s Kuryu is still the prosecutor dressed in his trademark Bathing Ape’s orange jacket and torn jeans. In fact, nothing changes in this 131 minutes movie.

Kohei Kuryu in the movie version takes on an assault-murder case only to realize it’s far more than meets the eyes as the case progresses. One noticeable exception is a far bigger budget which allows Kuryu and his capable aide (Takako Matsu) to travel all the way to Korea, Busan in the name of retrieving an important piece of evidence. A special mention of course goes to the cameo of one of Korea’s biggest star Lee Byung Hun.

If you are a newbie to Hero, fret not as it’s an enjoyable movie on its own. The case on hand is never too far-stretched and the numerous colourful characters at the prosecutor department are a joy to behold. Takuya Kimura and Takako Matsu, the relationship between subordinate and superior is easy on the eyes and you can’t wait to see their romance blossom.

On the other hand, you might miss out on some familiar jokes and jibes. There’s a recurring character of a bartender (Yoji Tanaka, last seen as a cab-driver in “L Change the World”) who could virtually cook anything Kuryu desires. Also, a joke involving Shibayama (Hiroshi Abe) and Nakamura (Nene Ohtsuka) in the beginning that might leave you scratching your head unless you are an avid follower of the series.

Hero the movie is an excellent spin-off from the drama serial since ending its run more than six years ago. No one will expect Hero to withstand the passing of time but our group of wacky heroes did just that.


This Code 3 DVD consists of 2 main trailers, 2 teaser trailers and TV spots. Those craving for Takuya’s appearance might be a tad disappointed.


The visual quality is slightly grainy and some pixilation occurs at certain points. Dialogue is pretty crisp and audio quality isn’t that bad for a mainly dialogue-based movie. The disc is equipped with both English and Chinese subtitles and a dual track including Mandarin.



Review by Linus Tee


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Simply Fun



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