Finally got around to watching Hero, too. I have a feeling I'd been watching a bunch of wushu and martial arts films when it was initially released and got bored of them. Bad mistake.
This is a great example of the extremely stylized and crazy brand that I like. It was also a stunningly well constructed use of multiple versions of the same story, something normally guaranteed to just piss me off.
Good acting all round as well.
It also made me think about Qin Shi Huang and wonder what he'd think about his many portrayals in films these days. He seems to get a lot more play than Alexander or Julius Caesar, to name some European people of similar stature. Odd.