We saw Ying xiong (aka "Hero") Saturday night. This is a beautiful movie. It's a shame that Hollywood can't make this kind of tragedy anymore because most american moviegoers want only feel-good endings. It was even complete with the equivalent of a Greek Chorus in the king's advisors. The style is reminiscent of Wo hu cang long (aka "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon"), but it lacks some of the comedic touch that gives so much life to Crouching Tiger in spite of the tragic overtones.
Watch the cinematography carefully. Each of the flashback sequences features a different predominant color distinguishing the theme of the flashback: red (passion), blue (love), green (youth), white (truth), and black (death).