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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'.
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…
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.
I watched the first 30 minutes in English dubbing without realizing the video file had multiple audio channels. Sweet baby Jesus, are dubbed movies ever annoying.
Getting back on the topic of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, it simply transcends well-choreographed fight scenes crafted into a storyline. It's more aptly described as... poetry illustrated by exhilarating martial arts, carefully supported by the dialogues and proverbs. The depth of Eastern martial arts fight scenes cannot be compared to the less evocative counterpart of Western ones.
Been reading a few books on staging shots recently, and I love the choices here. Really dig Li Mu Bai’s introduction, leading a horse across a bridge - right away, he’s a calming force (maybe even TOO reserved, as we’ll see).
How many other major hits of the past 15 years have been this narratively daring? Jen (Ziyi Zhang) gets introduced as an antagonist, but in the middle of the movie, we go into an extended desert sequence (more mini-movie-within-the-movie than traditional flashback) that casts her as the protagonist of her own forbidden romance. And then there’s the parallel story of the police inspector, his daughter, and the other guy (also police?). I know none of this is unique, but it’s rare in a movie with this much mainstream crossover success. The newness (to American audiences) of wire-fu makes Eastern storytelling go down easy? Or is it all just so damn pretty and well-done that it’s accessible?
After last nights debacle I needed a little comforting.
Stunning, poignant and timeless. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the martial arts genre elevated to dramatic perfection. Much like The Shining to Horror or A Space Odyssey to Science Fiction.
Ang Lee generously gifts us with three moving love stories (I'm including Bo and Tsai's daughter), the most impressively choreographed (movement, sound and direction) fight scenes in cinematic history, a haunting score and an epic scope. The performance both dramatically and physically are a true feat combined with the sumptuous production design all make this a masterpiece for the senses.
I can watch this every couple of years and its conviction always utterly impresses me. Flawless.
Ang Lee's mythical tale of ancient... (Taiwan?) is full of visual marvels and plenty of moments of awe that make the audience believe in the power of cinema to transport once again. However, upon further viewings and more ass pain because of the large length, the film is not "one of the best ever made" as has been praised. When you get down to it and think the film really isn't about anything but retrieving a sword and feminist roles. The visuals are striking poetry and the action is exciting and top-notch and that's what really counts in the end.
Nate's Grade: B
(written January 2001)
Watched at Disney Village/World in Orlando, Florida with Mum and Dad. Date estimated
Displaying excellent and humble scenery during times of melodrama and humble dialogue along with impossible yet beautifully choreographed martial arts, Ang Lee's successful directoral effort Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ultimately lacks dramatic emotional impact which leaves more to be desired in its near-effective simplistic plot.
This film was an astounding achievement made by Ang Lee in terms of making a martial arts movie. I loved Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, not only for the action sequences and beautiful cinematography, but also for the great performances. This film goes beyond what it means to be a warrior - honorable, wise, strong, etc. It goes deeper into the mind and persona life of a fighter, and how though it seems they are free spirits, their famous exploits prohibits them from finding success in other aspects of life, such as love. I love the drama, the fights (hats off to Yuen Woo Ping for choreographing them), the production design. My only negative was a small story element that I thought didn't make sense, but it's a really minor negative. Overall, amazing film, one of the best foreign films I've seen in a while as well - 9.7/10
Ang Lee masterfully directs this film that uses hardcore martial art fighting to it's extent. It has some of the most beautiful cinematography and suspenseful action sequences that I have seen in a long time. It also has a score that matches perfectly with the film. It's acting and screenplay both blend well together, bringing out very strong performances and while the pacing is slow, I didn't mind it since I was too invested into the film. One of the best foriegn films I have ever seen but also one of the best action films. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to sign up for martial arts classes....
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