‘Zero to Hero’ Review: Biopic of Hong Kong Paralympics Champion So Wa-wai Has Just Enough Grit to Offset Its High Sugar Content.
Hong Kong’s Oscar submission is an entertaining feel-good biography of So Wa-wai, the national sporting hero who won 12 medals in five Paralympic Games from 1996 to 2012.
Focused on the powerful bond between the disabled runner and his fiercely dedicated mother, “Hero” injects just enough gritty drama about the champion’s financial and emotional battles to prevent the story being overwhelmed by sugary sentiment applied liberally elsewhere.
The first film directed solo by “Love Off the Cuff” writer Jimmy Wan struck gold in Hong Kong cinemas in August and is likely to be the silver medalist behind “Anita” as top-grossing local film of the year.
“Hero” sprinted onto Netflix in the U.S.
and other territories on Nov.
5.Following the conventions of sports biographies from the first frame, Wan’s film opens with the athlete known as “Wonder Boy” poised on the starting blocks at the 2012 Beijing Paralympics.
No sooner has
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