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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.
The majority of Hollywood's action films today are done in front of green screens with characters tethered to a wire! But never have we seen one so visually stunning that it takes our breath away!
My senses were so overwhelmed I literally forgot to breath!
The only CGI used in this Martial Arts Epic was to remove the wires attached to our heroes! The majority of the fight scenes and stunts were performed by the actors themselves!
The cinematography was extraordinary! The choreographed fight scenes were absolutely astonishing! I became a huge fan of Wire Fu after seeing this film! Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2 clinched the deal!
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…
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…
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon experienced much greater box office success than it's sequel 'Kneeling Lemur, Sleeping Badger'.
Ang Lee’s masterpiece is fabulously extravagant, assuredly entertaining the viewer with the best of tongue-in-cheek humor, exquisite romance, and mind-blowing action sequences. What makes this one, without a doubt, one of the most graceful action films I have ever seen, is the emotional resonance that vibrates throughout its entire backbone. This film cares about its characters as well as its audience, and that’s the balancing act found impossible by today’s standards in Hollywood.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" so gallantly recycles the best of old school movie-making and makes it feel as good as new.
Now im all for east-west collaborations but i knew this wasnt going to work. The concept of a typical, crumby martial arts movie coated in a glossy, Columbia Pictures blockbuster package was already a volatile one and although it was a valiant attempt to get the martial arts genre out of the B-movie realm, it felt as though all the originalty had been smothered by blockbuster sensationalism and predictability, similar to how they have squeezed all the foreign flair out of Ang Lee and churned out a highly skilled and highly predictable little minion.
A fable, a ballet, about the "invincibility" of youth and the regrets of aging. Ang Lee uses the conventions of Samurai and Western films, tosses in saturated, subjective colors and a then-unseen choreography style -- always heightening in unreality as the personal conflicts grow -- to create a masterpiece of myth making.
It took me a while, but I finally finished a re-watch of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I hadn't seen this movie since it came out in the theater when I was 10. I was able to connect with the story a lot more, but this time I just couldn't get into the wire-fighting, at least until that moment where it pays off with Li and Jen in the trees. However the best fight scene has to be the one between Jen and Shu Lien, right? The physics all (mostly) makes sense, and you can watch their respective confidence levels rise and fall as the fight continues. So glad I got a chance to revisit it.
People just don't make movies this romantic. People just don't make movies this epic. People just don't make movies with female characters this strong.
Well Ang Lee made one. AND it was an unprecedented success! Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a fantastic and romantic epic adventure. And it features not one, but three strong, complex and well-developed female characters.
The story is captivating. The performances by Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat, among others, are wonderful. The cinematography is lovely. The martial arts choreography is absolutely astounding. Ang Lee has so lovingly crafted this film. It's truly beautiful.
Cool effects. Visually appealing. Not what I expected.
Wo Hu Cang Long (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) directed by Ang Lee. I have always liked Hong-Kong-Chines-Taiwanese films, with action-paced plots. Here is something that totally explains the fabulous story that has ever reached us. So, touchy and lethal in some sense.
Yun-Fat Chow and Michelle Yeoh, have been the prime sensational characters of the film, and people you look to while watching film. Ang Lee delivers superb directorial brilliance, and so does Peter Pau with his masterclass cinematography, for which he won Best Cinematography Oscar Award.
The interesting thing about a response to a movie (like a star rating) is that it isn't just dependent on the movie, but on the combination of the movie and the viewer. It's obvious really, otherwise everyone would rate a movie the same.
When I originally saw CTHD in the theater long ago, I liked it well enough, but didn't love it. Hong Kong action was big at the time, and this movie threw me a curveball. Great action, but in the service of a story, rather than a story that exists just to string together the action.
A rewatch works wonders for me here. Coming in expecting a drama (a beautiful one) allows me to take the action as icing rather than cake. And the cake is so so good.
(Rewatch prompted by the dissolve's movie of the week)
Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) and Shu Lien Yu (Michelle Yeoh) are old companions and would-be lovers who are only just late in life starting to figure out that how they feel for each other is more important than any duty they feel to stay apart. As Li Mu Bai prepares to leave his monastic lifestyle behind they encounter the impetuous Jen Yu (Zhang Ziyi), a young woman approaching her arraigned marriage with resentment. With the wisdom they are only just now acquiring for themselves, will Li Mu Bai and Shu Lien Yu be able to stop Jen Yu from lashing out before she loses her soul?
One of the greatest dramatic conflicts is that of duty versus desire.…
so beautiful to watch
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