Hero script
Hero (2002)
Synopsis: In this visually arresting martial arts epic set in ancient China, an unnamed fighter (Jet Li) is being honored for defeating three of the king's most dangerous enemies. When Nameless recounts his battles with the assassins -- Broken Sword (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) and Moon (Zhang Ziyi) -- the king begins to question some of the details. As Nameless goes on, the king challenges the tales, interjecting his own take on these perhaps suspect version of events.

INT. COURTROOM - DAY

JUDGE GOINES turns to the Jury FOREMAN.

JUDGE GOINES:

Mister Foreman, have you arrived

at a verdict?

FOREMAN:

We have, your honor. We find the

defendant guilty of all the charges.

TITLES BEGIN OVER THE SCENE

ANGLE ON THE DEFENDANT, BERNIE LAPLANTE

Forty, rumpled, cheap suit, cheap haircut. He reacts, turning

to the jury, indignant.

His attorney, DONNA O'DAY, rises. She's twenty-four, looks

younger.

DONNA:

Your honor, may I approach the

bench?

As BERNIE fumes, the JUDGE, DONNA and the youthful clean-cut

PROSECUTOR engage in an earnest, inaudible discussion.

Frustrated, Bernie is watching them when he notices something

that distracts him from his anguish.

Donna's wallet is lying in her open attache case. The open top

of the case screens the wallet from the view of the JURY, THE

JUDGE, COURT REPORTERS, etc.

Bernie looks around, checking the spectators section.

No spectators.

TITLE CONTINUE:

Bernie gets the wallet to his lap. In between cautious glances

toward the bench where the conference continues inaudibly, he

surreptitiously selects some of the twenties and some of the

tens from the wallet.

AT THE BENCH:

The conference breaks up, DONNA heads back toward the defense

table.

The wallet still concealed in his lap under the table, BERNIE

is indignant.

BERNIE:

What's going on? "Guilty"! What

is this?

DONNA:

I got your bail continued.

BERNIE:

Bail, for Chrissake! I'm innocent!

The JUDGE gavels for order as BERNIE slips DONNA's "lightened"

wallet back into her attache case unseen.

JUDGE GOINES:

Mister LaPlante, I have been

persuaded in view of your continued

employment and your lack of prior

convictions, to continue your bail

under the same conditions

heretofore, pending sentencing six

days from now. In the meantime you

will make an appointment with the

probation officer who will make a

recommendation to me regarding your

sentence. I urge you to use these

six days to set your personal

affairs in order in anticipation

of incarceration.

THE TITLES CONCLUDE

INT. CORRIDOR/HALL OF JUSTICE - MINUTES LATER (DAY)

BERNIE and DONNA are hurrying along the crowded corridor outside

the courtroom.

BERNIE:

"Anticipation of incarceration"?

DONNA:

(upset)

He means prison, Mr. LaPlante.

BERNIE:

I know what he means. I'm not a

prison kinda guy, Miss O'Day. I'm

a goddamn working man for

Chrissake! Maybe I "augment" my

income a little with some

"business deals," maybe summa the

guys I sell to are crooks, how

would I know, I'm not an

investigator. You can't make it

on a wage no more, not in this

country.

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Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou (Mandarin pronunciation: [tʂɑ́ŋ îmɤ̌ʊ̯]; born 2 April 1950) is a Chinese film director, producer, writer and actor, and former cinematographer. He is counted amongst the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, having made his directorial debut in 1987 with Red Sorghum. more…

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