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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
"Wo hu cang long" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  12 January 2001 (USA)
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Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Master Li Mu Bai (as Chow Yun Fat)
Jen Yu (Mandarin version) / Jiao Long (English dubbed version) (as Zhang Ziyi)
Sihung Lung ...
Jade Fox (as Cheng Pei-Pei)
Fa Zeng Li ...
Xian Gao ...
Yan Hai ...
De Ming Wang ...
Li Li ...
May (as Li Li)
Su Ying Huang ...
Jin Ting Zhang ...
Rui Yang ...
Kai Li ...


Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is a timeless story that takes place in QING China when miracles were credible and spirits and gods were present in man's world. It is not unbelievable that zen warriors float through the air, skim the water and battle in trees and on rooftops. Pain, revenge and duty are the stuff that bind us in this world and are the main plot line of the movie, but in the afterlife love and faith linger on. Written by bastetg4

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Action | Drama | Romance

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)  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$663,205 (USA) (8 December 2000)


$128,067,808 (USA) (27 July 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michelle Yeoh deliberately didn't work for a year before filming began so she could concentrate on training and learning Mandarin. See more »


When the movie is spoken in English and Lo is talking about the legend on the wish mountain. He says that the man jumped to save his children. The English subtitles say it is the man's parents he was jumping to save. See more »


[first lines]
Man: Master Li is here! Master Li is here!
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Referenced in Fight Science (2006) See more »


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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User Reviews

Breathtakingly Beautiful...
10 September 2000 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

As a film student living in Toronto, I look forward to the Toronto International Film Festival every year. Last year, the highlight of the festival for me was American Beauty. This year, it would have to be (so far) Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".

Being of Asian descent, I've seen my share of wu xia genre movies to last me a life time. However, most of them are so centred on the fighting, that they forget the rest of the elements that are involed. The movie turns into one long scripted fighting scene with maybe a slight hint of story. Crouching Tiger, on the other hand realizes these issues, and builds these oh-so entertaining action sequences into an epic with typical asian themes such as true love and honour.

Being an epic, one would expect the usual long takes and establishing shots, and boy does it ever look beautiful. Traversing through a myriad of regions spanning the lengh of China (from the deserts to bamboo forests, to mountains high in the clouds), the film soley based on its asthetic properties is nothing short of stunning. The lighting of different landscapes and the exquisitly designed costumes all radiate with stunning colour. And then there's the cinemetography. Wow! The backdrops, establishing shots look absolutely marvelous. If your jaw dropped when you saw Rome and its coliseum in Gladiator, wait until you see ancient Beijing recreated on the screen!

Okay, so it's a good looking movie. What about the story? The complexity of the plot is rather sparse, probably reminiscent of epics such as Braveheart or Gladiator, which is by no means a bad thing. Although both Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeo did have major parts, this movie belongs mostly to Zhang Ziyi who IMHO did an amazing job playing a very complex role (one which required her to represent nobily as a princess, naivness, as well as show inner strength). Mainly concentrating on her unwillingness to give in to the ideals of an arranged marriage, the decently written script adds a story of an old warrior trying to retire and a 300+ year old sword.

All in all, this film blends story, well choreographed action, and a stylistic eye to create a mythilogical piece that not only represents the wu xia genre justly by doing it well, but also contributes to raising the quality of filmmaking usually applied in the making of a similar type of film.

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