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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Wo hu cang long (original title)
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A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Master Li Mu Bai (as Chow Yun Fat)
Sihung Lung ...
Jade Fox (as Cheng Pei-Pei)
Fa Zeng Li ...
Governor Yu
Xian Gao ...
Yan Hai ...
Madame Yu
De Ming Wang ...
Police Inspector Tsai / Prefect Cai Qiu
Li Li ...
May (as Li Li)
Auntie Wu
Jin Ting Zhang ...
De Lu
Rui Yang ...
Kai Li ...


In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his lover to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level. Written by Jwelch5742

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A film by Ang Lee

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

HKD 7,714,001 (Hong Kong), 20 July 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$663,205, 10 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dun Tan had only two weeks to compose and record the musical score. See more »


(at around 1h 26 mins) Within the shots of forest and mountain before the sword-fighting scene in the trees, there is an electrical cable mildly visible gracing the side of a green mountain. See more »


[first lines]
Man: Master Li is here! Master Li is here!
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Caravan Bells on the Silk Road
Traditional Xinjiang Folk Song
Arranged by Ning Yong
Performed by Bo Liu
Published by China Record Corporation, Shanghai, 1994
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Extremely Captivating Film
15 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this film today. I was totally captivated... when it was all over, and the credits began to run, it took me a couple of seconds to realize where I was. I didn't want to get out of my seat. And once I got out of the theatre, I couldn't even talk about it for an hour or so. I kept running the details over and over in my head. It's rare that a film has such an impact on me. The cinematography was stunning. The special effects were beautifully done. The characters' moves were effortless. The acting was wonderful. I really think that Michelle Yeoh should have been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress. I thought that the effects and storyline complimented each other brilliantly. There were so many different layers to the plot. There were many things that couldn't be explained with dialogue that were expressed in the characters' faces. This film had lighthearted moments, heartwrenching moments, romantic interludes, inspirational sentiments, wonderful plot twists, superb acting, beautifully done fight scenes, never before seen special effects...it had it all. Some scenes may have been a little over the top, but it's *fantasy*... and yet, after a few brief moments, it somehow became completely believable. That's how much this film draws you in. This is a one of a kind film; there is just no comparing it to any other. It transports you to another place and time. I highly recommend it.

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