Movies that are slightly off.
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…
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…
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.
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…
Like a more twinkly, elegant Quentin Tarantino, director Ang Lee took a thoroughly disreputable genre (in this case, the martial arts, chop socky film) and deconstructed it, distilling its essential elements with wit and poetry, and turned it into something timeless, into art.
The standard Shaw Brothers elements are there: revenge, treachery, a magic sword, impossibly acrobatic fight scenes, epic romance. But, in Lee’s masterful hands, it’s all transformed; it’s about those things, and, gloriously, it’s about the power of movies to make those things more than what they are. Here’s how he did it: 1. The actors. There are few more magnetic actors in world cinema today than Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh. Trust me on that. As…
Versatile director Ang Lee ("The Ice Storm," "Sense and Sensibility," "Brokeback Mountain") made a certain type of Chinese martial arts film a crossover hit with "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," and it's only because of this film that later similar movies, like "Hero," "House of Flying Daggers" and "Curse of the Golden Flower" received even the attention they did in America.
"Tiger/Dragon" is the kind of movie that feels more profound than it actually is, because all of the lines are delivered in a foreign language and with stoic import. But the plot and ideas are really just typical kung fu movie melodrama -- and that's not a criticism. The movie takes flight, as any good martial arts movie does, when…
I can not begin to explain how incredible this film was. WOW!
The fights. Holy shit the fights. Story's pretty good too. But damn, the fights.
A major blind spot crossed off my list- so enjoyable and enthralling. I think it gave me a Wuxia itch I'm gonna need to be scratching for the foreseeable future. A classic I hope to rewatch for many years to come.
A masterpiece in storytelling, drama, and martial arts action.
As mysterious and beguiling as ever.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a typical millennium-era Wuxia flick but once the film's timeline shifts into the past, the film just elevates into a near perfect kung fu epic for the ages.
Despite being released in 2000, the film displays a timeless quality. Ang Lee's attention to detail, coupled with faultless art direction and incredible locations really transport you into the time and place.
The only indication of it's age are two jarring uses of green screen.
It was nice to revisit this one. It still has the power to wash over you; to transport you to another world where people can fly and walk on trees. Nonsense, perhaps, but what beautiful nonsense it is.
Still such a beautiful movie
Some of the best action heroines ever put to screen especially Zhang Ziyi as Jen Yu
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