I don't know. I have also seen an import copy of Hero (Ying xiong) a while back when it first came to DVD overseas. I really enjoyed it but it's not for everyone and I agree that it's cult status has indeed "overrated" the film. The same happened to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. If you are a fan of these genre pictures from Japan than it was a great movie but as soon as it started receiving the hype it could never match the impression everyone already had.
Miramax purchased the rights to an American release to the film a while back but it's been held up due to red tape. Miramax wanted to cut about 20 minutes from Hero because they felt some parts were so "Asian" that North American viewers wouldn't "get" it. Q.T. made an agreement with a Miramax (a company he obviously has a strong relationship with) that if they would release it uncut than he would allow them to use the "Quentin Tarantino Presents ..." tagline so that they could cash in on the fame of KB Vol. 1 & 2.
Maine has a good swing for a pitcher but on anything that moves, he has no chance. And if it's a fastball, it has to be up in the zone. Basically, the pitcher has to hit his bat. - Mike Pelfrey