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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
A timeless story of strength, secrets and two warriors who would never surrender.
Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.
What seems to be annoying most people is the artificial look of the action scenes - insofar as the Taiwanese director adds a sort of fantasy to the choreography of the film with the wire - and the way it affects the story. However, that was exactly what I liked the most about Ange Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
While the action scenes surely look artificial, they are, first of all, very entertaining and beautifully timed and, secondarily, they never stifle the engaging story told by director Ang Lee. As you would expect from a traditional Chinese story, this one is full of wonderful little details and it's enjoyable from start to finish.
Maybe the story is simpler than what…
Really moving how each fight sequence - while brilliantly conceived and executed - also has its own emotional narrative arc. I'd almost forgotten what a wonder this movie is.
Winner of Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is an aesthetic, artistic & fascinating blend of intimate melodrama & stylised action that's notable for bringing international fame to the now-esteemed filmmaker, Ang Lee, and is also considered amongst the most influential & popular films to come out from the Chinese film industry.
Based on the novel of the same name, the story of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is set in a distant time in China and follows a gifted swordsman who one day decides to retire from his warrior life and plans to gift his treasured sword to an old friend. But when the sword is stolen by a mysterious fugitive, it is up to him to uncover…
Review In A Nutshell:
I was a little disappointed with this film. The film's human drama failed to captivate me, featuring a storyline that concerns the problems of a young woman who internally is in search for a role model and is also torn whether or not she should conform to her family's wishes or instead run away with a bandit whom she has had a relationship with in the past. In reading this, it really does sound interesting and I truly wanted to like this, but maybe I was just unprepared with what this film has to deliver. I was expecting a little bit of sophistication and a sense of realism in its story; I wasn't able to let…
A sword by itself rules nothing. It only comes alive in skilled hands.
When Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was nominated for an Oscar and became so popular that I actually had friends and co-workers watching it I remember wondering if this was really happening. Did the rest of the world really clue in on how amazing Wuxia films were? Ok honestly I didn't call anything Wuxia and doubt I had ever heard of the word 16 years ago, but still talking to a female co-worker on my smoke break about the subtitled martial arts film she had just watched and loved felt like I was in the Twilight Zone at the time.
In hindsight I think Ang Lee…
What a beautiful martial arts film. The choreography is astounding and the story is a deeply moving tale of love and sacrifice. One of the few times I've seen a martial arts film where both are so expertly done. I think it loses some pace when we go to the desert to experience Jen and Lo's backstory, but this is a minor blip in an otherwise brilliant movie. A shame that movies like this don't get big budgets and worldwide cinema releases anymore.
Epic world-building mixes with intimate storytelling.
Gorgeously choreographed fight scenes, and an effervescent Zhang Ziyi. Not really a fan of the story though. I enjoyed "Hero" more.
I had forgotten how classical this movie was. It was a comforting movie for that reason. It's a frecking beautiful movie, just the landscape, the texture that touch of magic. It's a traditional epic, which makes me happy. The four central performances are solid. This is the kind of movie that reminds me there is a whole world of Wuxia movies out there for me to explore.
Ang Lee Film Festival: #7
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is fantastic. It is the first of Ang Lee's work that has struck me as amazingly shot throughout. It is mostly well-acted, perfectly scored, thematically engaging, and technically impressive each second. The one issue I have with the film is the performance of Chow Yun-Fat, which is quite one-note, but everything else is marvelous. 7 or 8/10.
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The choreography, holy shit.
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I really like this one. Seen it before but it was long ago that half of it was already just a cloudy memory from the past.
The slow and mysterious athmosphere and breath taking fight scenes still made me sweat. Beautiful!
I will move on to the sequel now. Have not yet seen it. I hope it's good.
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