A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
Film 23/30 of the Travel Around the World Scavenger Hunt
Task #12: A movie written in a language you do not speak
Just when I thought that foreign cinema wasn't my thing, and after finding enjoyment with classics like The 400 Blows and The Seventh Seal, here is a movie completely spoken in a foreign language to me that can sit in with the ranks of the greatest movies ever made. Yes, it's up there with Star Wars, The Godfather, and Psycho.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was a revelation from the opening shot to the heartbreaking finale. It's a testament to the power of filmmaking and the path of the human spirit. Set in Ancient China, this movie completely…
While there’s some iffy sentiment and stuffiness to segments of ‘Crouching Tiger’, its fights are a shining example of what I love about certain kinds of visual effects in movies – transcendent moments that are made undeniably real just by the absence of their scaffolding.
I can't fucking believe I never rated or reviewed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon before today. It is one of my favorite films of all time, and in my opinion, the best and most important martial arts film that has ever existed. Character, theme, story, and the development of all these components is told through movement. This is an entire world based on movement. The subtle movement of a writing hand matching the twirling of a sword-wielding wrist, the dreamlike wirework separating these characters from the realities of their world. When everyone must stop moving, in some way shape or form, they seem uncomfortable. They can only live through their movement, but unfortunately for them, the movement they are most skilled…
The twenty-seventh movie in my first Scavenger Hunt (task: "An action movie without guns") is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
If you find any mistakes, you can keep them.
I know, many people think of this movie as the holy grail and will be shocked by my "only" three stars but I just did not really like it. It is not a bad movie, it is just not my type of movie. In fact, it lost me when they started flying and since then I did not really pay attention. I gave it a try but was again proven that wuxia movies are not my kind of movies. Have fun with them if you like them. I do not.
Overall rating: 5.5/10 or 2.5/5
With richly satisfying action, and mind-melting choreography, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon remains one the greatest action films of all-time. Not only is it filled with the greatest sword-fights ever, it also has a layered story. One that is patiently told, and one that never proves uninteresting. Ang Lee has always found the most interesting ways to push boundaries, and he does it here with flying colors, or swords; take your pick.
A TIMELESS STORY OF STRENGTH, SECRETS AND TWO WARRIORS WHO WOULD NEVER SURRENDER.
Gambarnya puitiiissss...koreografinya indaaaaahhh...
Udah, gitu aja.
Scavenger Hunt 16- Film #11
Task #27. An action movie without guns.
This was my first wuxia film which I have would describe as the gateway drug to wuxia. It's accessible and well paced. I appreciated the depth of story and conflicting relationship. The wire fu took some getting used to I will admit but I enjoyed the experience overall.
The story's focus on women was very refreshing. To see the young Jen struggle not only physically but societally against a system of people who sought to box her in was both a joy and a pain. In one sense wanting her to mature and reach her full potential but also mourning the collateral damage of her immaturity.
This might be my new favorite movie.
Enjoyment Extracted: 10/10
Technical Execution: 10/10
Major Feels: 9/10
DAWG I'VE BEEN FUCKING UP A LOT HAVING NEVER WATCHED THIS UNTIL RIGHT NOW 16 YEARS AFTER IT CAME OUT. DUDES IS FLYING AND NOBODY EVEN QUESTIONS IT THEY'RE JUST LIKE OKAY WELL I'M FLYING TOO. WHAT THE FUCK. THIS IS BEYOND TIGHT. I WISH I COULD FLY. I WISH I COULD FIGHT WITH SWORDS ON A BAMBOO TREE WITH A CRAZY TH*T THAT IS ALSO MY RELUCTANT APPRENTICE THAT IS BEING MANIPULATED BY MY SWORN ENEMY. BEYOND COOL 5 OUT OF 5 LARGE CURLY FRIES FROM THIS BURLY GUY.
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations