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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…
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.
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…
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…
Sometimes I watch a movie and immediately know what I like or dislike about it and know how to put it words. Othertimes I need to marinate in it for a few days and this is one of those movies. Ang Lee's epic Wuxia film is a good movie, and anybody can see that. But what I think makes it a classic is that it effortlessly blends human drama with state of the art martial arts action. They don’t just compliment each other, but blend together to such a degree that they can't really be seperated. Everything about this just works, and it's a truly spectacular example of how something from a "B-Movie" genre can be elevated to high art.
I hadn't seen this since it came out, and my review is pretty much the same now as it was then: great visually, average otherwise. This was the movie that made me first take notice of the word Cinematography, which I so often heard spoken at the Oscars. Well, this and AMERICAN BEAUTY. The camerawork is lovely to watch accompanied by a great musical score, and the heightened fight sequences create a dream-like atmosphere.
The characters are all flat and boring. I liked the dynamic between Jade Fox and Jen Yu, but it gets sidelined during the drawn out middle act. The two love stories are both pretty bland and filled with generic dialog.
Regardless, this is definitely a unique film and I hear the sequel was forgettable.
Jade Fox's allegations against the Wudang school deserved to be addressed.
But also, a good characterization of youth.
Martial Arts & Ninjas 💯%
Oh man, I can't believe it took me this long to watch this.
A graceful martial arts film that surprisingly deals with emotion and morality brilliantly and to a greater extent than drama pictures. Ang Lee's direction was superb and the grace of these characters influenced it's fluidity as an action and martial arts story, playing off of each other exceptionally.
The storyline itself was quite flawed but not to such an extent where I was questioning the writing of the writers, but more trying to understand this gigantic structure and the complexity of the story (which was actually quite easy in the end).
The choreography was clearly one of, if not THE highlight of the movie, above the master class in "The Matrix" and other pictures that have a great deal of choreography.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" like most films of its caliber, will need a re watch. From my first viewing, I was dazzled at its beauty, long action sequences and stunning choreography. Watch number 2 should acquire more intimate understanding.
As the cautionary tale of the Green Destiny Sword, a hallowed weapon that brings death and/or glory to its possessor, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is a classic wuxia tale full of romance, fighting and intrigue. Director Ang Lee (only a few years after making Sense & Sensibility) channels these tropes into his inner Jane Austen and creates a story that is, as much as it is about honour and the usual martial heroics, about the oppression of women in the 19th century and, of course, since it's Ang Lee, the agony of forbidden love.
Unbelievably, it's been 16 years since I went to the cinema to see Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I wondered how it would be after such a long…
What impresses me most about Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is that he decided to situate a contained, personal story against an epic backdrop. There are no nations at stake in Lee's film; only the fate of a young women and the relationship of two aging warriors. While I was not entirely invested in either of the film's relationships, the masterful martial arts sequences make up for the story's emotional holes. The duel between Lin Mu Bai and Jen in the trees is truly incredible.
It is not a masterpiece of Asian cinema but Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon definitely has a place among the greats. 4/5 stars.
I love how tight this movie is. I love the social posturing. I love the sentimentality. I love that it's extreme in its subtleties. I LOVE the fighting. I love that it has the control to go off on a 20-minute tangent right in the middle of the movie, and it feels so right.
I went right along with every beat, and I loved it.
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