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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…
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…
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.
Ang Lee's finest film yet. Peter Pau's cinematography and the martial arts effects are brilliant. But it is the story and it's actors that really breath life into this stunning epic.
Filmmaking does not get much better than this. A poetic and magical movie that seems to be ageless.
As the film comes to it's end, be prepared for one of the most beautifully constructed scenes in cinematic history.
A magical cinematic masterpiece.
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…
This film made a big impression on me originally and I gave it 5 stars.
Totally thought this was the same creative team that made Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004). Whoops.
I love this shit though. It's filmic contemporary fairy tales.
Wow! Talk about a grand cinematic adventure - passionate romance, dizzying (a.k.a outstanding) action, sweeping set pieces, compelling redemption, touching philosophy, deep and sensitive character moments, stirring soundtrack - there is not one thing that this movie does not deliver on. Beautiful in every sensory way. Characters and backdrops flow together here, both equally vibrant in perfect harmony. The main thematic conflict - breaking free of one's assumed identity in order to achieve true peace - is explored, deconstructed, and reconstructed all alongside themes of love, impulse, teachers, violence, and destiny. It all blends together seamlessly, with an astute sensitivity. There's a great way of plot lining the story following our protagonist, Jen, and the three different mentorships that form…
I’ve often joked that nobody loves Ang Lee’s wuxia masterpiece quite as much as I do. But getting to see it again, on no less than a gorgeously worn and scratchy 35mm print, makes me thing I need to start taking my own joke more seriously. A 5-Star rating just doesn’t cut it; if Letterboxd allowed it, I’d steal stars from other movies just so I could give them to this one. It is, and is likely to remain, the most important movie of my life.
My love for Crouching Tiger will always be more attributable to perfect timing than quality, as truly great as I believe it to be. This is a movie that entered my life at the…
I mean, I have a black belt. This is basically accurate. The flying is my favorite part.
A pretty timeless marital arts movie... it breaks down some barriers for the genre with the strong female characters and imperfect fight scenes, the final standoff between Jen and Shu Lien being the highlight.
The runtime of 2 hours flies by, the pacing is wonderful and sequences masterful. Top notch cinematography matches the epic scale of the movie - combined with the action scenes make the film an eminently enjoyable action-adventure for genre newcomers and martial arts fans alike.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!