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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…
Pristine cinematography, thoroughly entertaining action, and mesmerizing mythos. Ang Lee's martial arts epic is beautifully choreographed and shot with spiritual precision. Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh's performances are effortless, and the film is a profound study human limits, spirituality, love, and life. The perfect mix of action and drama, preferring neither and revering both.
Letter Grade: B+
"Crouching tigers and hidden dragons are in the underworld... but so are human feelings."
It kind of reminded me of Star Wars in a sense. There are a lot of similar themes with good and evil intertwined with super human abilities. I don't know if the books came out before Star Wars or not but the likeness was interesting. The story was really good in an old adventure kind of way but more dramatic overall. I also love the fact that a film like this has such an awesome macguffin in the Green Destiny sword, without a doubt one of the best ones ever. Ang Lee really can't do any wrong can he. This is the third…
Despite the quite silly flying visual effects, I quite enjoyed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. From the strong female characters to the story of female subjugation during ancient China, it felt like a feminist experience to watch it.
Yes, it can be argued that the female characters were not necessarily empowering because they were driven by men in some cases, but I think that would be an oversimplification of the film.
Fox becomes who she is because of a patriarchal society that does not allow a woman to join the best fighting school in the region. Jen does not want to resort to married life because she yearns for adventure. And although Shu Lien is primarily motivated by her love for…
I couldn't quite get involved in the plot as much as I wanted to, but this is undoubtedly a great film. Ang Lee's direction of the action scenes is remarkable, and the performances are all great.
At least to me. I emphasize this because the majority of actors are all speaking in different accents, apparently making it very difficult to understand for Mandarin speakers. I don't speak Mandarin and hardly know any of it, so I don't notice that. What I do notice is outstanding stunts and emotional performances.
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is a epic movie of Survival and destiny loaded with amazing special effects and set-pieces but that's just the tip of the iceberg well for starters the movies has some of the best fight scenes ever choreographed on film all while being at the the center of futal japan in glorious fashion
A classical wuxia for a globalised community. All of the technical aspects of this film are obviously exquisite. The jaw dropping choreography balances so beautifully with the silence, patience and calm; it's a complete package. The fact that the overall arc pertains to the independence and salvation of a woman is the cherry on top.
I watched this in the theater after all the hype and was not that impressed. I was particularly turned off by the wire fu, but also a some by what I felt was a scattered plot.
15 years later I enjoyed it much more. It was a much more coherent story than I remembered, with the three leads all having plenty of motivation. It really was a star making role for Zhang Ziyi.
I still don't love the over the top wire fu (like the tree scenes), but everything is choreographed so well that it is often a lovely dance - especially because no one really gets hurt.
It is interesting that this one best cinematography when it ended up inspiring even greater triumphs of visual story telling like Hero.
It's a rather tepid affair.
Dialog and action exist almost independently of each other. The dialog is mostly shot with basic alternating reverse angles like a television show. The story halts for the action sequences rather than propelling narrative development through action. The score, by a composer who writes interesting orchestral music, is mostly run-of-the-mill movie music.
It's not actively bad - and Michelle Yeoh is worth watching in most anything - but there are much better actual Hong Kong martial arts flicks. And much better Ang Lee movies. We don't need an art-cinema imitation kung-fu film.
Shockingly, this is the first time I've seen it. I liked it quite a bit. The fight choreography is really gorgeous. The wind-like movements are a little odd at first, but Ang Lee's skilled, fluid camerawork really sells it by the end. His gracefulness turns the fights into breathless ballets. It's a very modestly beautiful film with a tragically romantic undercoat that comes out to full effect in those beautiful final minutes. The Lo/Jen flashback is the only complaint I have. I wasn't that into it. It drug the pacing down for a minute there. Yeoh was quite good too. Her chemistry with Yun-Fat was extremely present and I was quite moved by their final words together.
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