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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.
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…
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…
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…
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon experienced much greater box office success than it's sequel 'Kneeling Lemur, Sleeping Badger'.
Goodness what a snore this was. I disliked this film on so many levels I don't know where to begin. First the story, I guess. It's as disjointed as Hugo. For the first hour it is about the two leads then bang, you are in the desert for a long time with the brat and her beau. Was all of that supposed to make her endearing? Cause I was ready to knock her over the head with my remote. And after that very long digression, the guy finally finds her and she tells him to take a hike? What the hell? Miss 'no one bosses me around' and 'I want my freedom' suddenly gets all submissive for the first time…
Breathtaking fight scenes. Heart breaking romance. All around fantastic film. More of a Greek tragedy then a traditional martial arts film.
Despite hearing years' worth of varying opinions about what to expect from this, I was finally able to decide for myself what all the hubbub was about. Heard lots of adjectives like "boring" tossed around which is somewhat understandable considering the pacing and the early fight scenes, which were all shot in almost pitch black, making it difficult to appreciate the choreography. Also, the film stops cold for a good half-hour for a flashback love story, which didn't need to be detailed at such length. But the second-half fight sequences are genuinely thrilling and primarily a showcase for Zhang Ziyi's acrobatic flying circus, particularly the tree scenes with Chow Yun-Fat that had me in the "how'd they do that" awe…
I can't speak Mandarin or Cantonese and even I can tell that Chow Yun-fat's accent is kind of ridiculous in this.
A beautiful and emotional martial arts film.
One of my favorite movies - if you like "strolling over trees"-kung fu action!
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
This movie was awesome. This has some of the best fighting sequences I've ever seen. There is a little bit of romance and a lot of memorable moments.
My favourite foreign language film thus far, and while very Eastern in style, it's very universal in theme. Exquisite cinematography and location work in the deserts and mountains of China add even more than the incredible sword duels and wushu-wire action, which gives these fighting disciples a Jedi-knight-like mysticism and why not? - considering George borrowed so liberally for Eastern legends for Star Wars. And whoever thinks Asian women are meek and placid had better watch this - it's got my favourite cat fight on celluloid - the showdown between gorgeous Zhang Ziyi and the even more gorgeous Michelle Yeoh. Yet Jedi Master-wannabe Chow Yun Fat (awesome name!) carries the film's gravitas and delivers a deeply heartrending deathbed speech which…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…