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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) More at IMDbPro »Wo hu cang long (original title)

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- An epic set against the breathtaking landscapes of ancient China, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon combines the exhilarating martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo-Ping (The Matrix) with the sensitivity and classical storytelling of an Ang Lee film. The result is something truly unexpected: romantic, emotionally powerful entertainment.
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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Yun-Fat Chow ... Master Li Mu Bai (as Chow Yun Fat)

Michelle Yeoh ... Yu Shu Lien

Ziyi Zhang ... Jen Yu (Mandarin version) / Jiao Long (English dubbed version) (as Zhang Ziyi)

Chen Chang ... Lo 'Dark Cloud' / Luo Xiao Hu
Sihung Lung ... Sir Te

Pei-pei Cheng ... Jade Fox (as Cheng Pei-Pei)
Fa Zeng Li ... Governor Yu
Xian Gao ... Bo
Yan Hai ... Madame Yu
De Ming Wang ... Police Inspector Tsai / Prefect Cai Qiu
Li Li ... May (as Li Li)
Su Ying Huang ... Auntie Wu
Jin Ting Zhang ... De Lu
Rui Yang ... Maid
Kai Li ... Gou Jun Pei
Jian Hua Feng ... Gou Jun Sinung
Zhen Xi Du ... Shop Owner
Cheng Lin Xu ... Captain
Feng Lin ... Captain
Wen Sheng Wang ... Gangster A
Dong Song ... Gangster B
Zhong Xuan Ma ... Mi Biao
Bao Cheng Li ... Fung Machete Chang
Yong De Yang ... Monk Jing
Shao Jun Zhang ... Male Performer
Ning Ma ... Female Performer
Jian Min Zhu ... Waiter
Chang Cheng Don ... Homeless Man
Yi Shih ... Waitress
Bin Chen ... Servant
Sao Chen Chang ... Nightman

Directed by
Ang Lee 
Writing credits
Du Lu Wang (book)

Hui-Ling Wang (screenplay) and
James Schamus (screenplay) and
Kuo Jung Tsai (screenplay)

Produced by
Bo-Chu Chui .... associate producer
Ping Dong .... co-producer
Li-Kong Hsu .... producer (as Hsu Li Kong)
William Kong .... producer (as Bill Kong)
Ang Lee .... producer
Philip Lee .... associate producer
David Linde .... executive producer
Er-Dong Liu .... line producer
Kelly Miller .... production executive: Good Machine International
James Schamus .... executive producer
Wai Sum Shia .... line producer
Quangang Zheng .... co-producer
Original Music by
Dun Tan 
Cinematography by
Peter Pau 
Film Editing by
Tim Squyres 
Production Design by
Tim Yip 
Art Direction by
Jian-Quo Wang 
Eddy Wong (supervising art director)
Xing-Zhan Yang (supervising art director)
Zhanjia Yang (supervising art director)
Bin Zhao 
Costume Design by
Tim Yip 
Makeup Department
Siu-Mui Chau .... hair stylist
Liu-Jing Dong .... makeup artist
Yong-Hao Fan .... makeup artist
Jian-Ping Liu .... makeup artist
Yun-Ling Man .... key makeup artist
Yi-Gong Ren .... makeup artist
Production Management
Helen Li .... production manager
Jian-Hua Liu .... assistant production manager
Ketty Miller .... executive in charge of production
Heman Peng .... assistant production manager (as Yu-Fong Peng)
Jeff Robinson .... post-production supervisor
Chi-Wah Tse .... assistant production manager
Jing-Hua Wang .... assistant production manager
Li Zhao .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kai Keung Lai .... first assistant director
Sylvia Liu .... first assistant director (as Silvia Liu)
Bu-Si Ta .... second assistant director
Cheng Lin Xu .... second assistant director
Jinting Zhang .... second assistant director
Ying-Ying Zhou .... second assistant director
Hong-Bo Zhu .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bing Cheung .... set props
Shu-Wing Fung .... supervising stand-by props
Yan-Qing He .... assistant construction coordinator
Yi Ho .... stand-by props
Da-Jiang Ji .... set props
Quan Jiang .... construction coordinator
King-Fat Kung .... property master
Bao-Tai Li .... stand-by props
Ming-Shan Li .... stand-by props
Wei-Zheng Li .... set props
Yi Li .... assistant construction coordinator
Chung-Wei Ng .... supervising stand-by props
Sue-Chuen Sun .... set props
Zhong-He Tian .... assistant construction coordinator
Cei-Ming Tien .... set props
Cheng-Sheng Wang .... set props
He-Cen Wang .... assistant construction coordinator
Song-So Wang .... stand-by props
Songbo Wang .... props assistant
Jua-Feng Zhing .... set props
Quin Zhing .... assistant construction coordinator
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... adr editor
Mark Betts .... technical supervisor: sound
Chad Birmingham .... sound department intern
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Benjamin Cheah .... foley editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Henry Dobson .... dubbing supervisor: international versions
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Eugene Gearty .... supervising sound editor
Lewis Goldstein .... dialogue editor
Heather Gross .... apprentice sound editor
Harry Higgins .... sound coordinator: Sound One Corporation
Kenton Jakub .... supervising adr editor
Drew Kunin .... production sound mixer (as Andrew Paul Kunin)
George A. Lara .... foley recordist
Terrance Laudermilch .... sound coordinator: Sound One Corporation (as Terry Laudermilch)
George Leong .... boom operator (as George Huey Leong)
Lisa J. Levine .... adr editor (as Lisa Levine)
Hal Levinsohn .... adr editor
Blake Leyh .... sound effects editor
Xiao Xing Lu .... assistant sound engineer
Igor Nikolic .... assistant sound editor
Jen Ralston .... sound effects editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Jen Ralston .... supervising foley editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Alex Soco .... apprentice sound editor
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Betty P. Teng .... assistant sound editor
Jean Tsien .... adr supervisor
Paul Urmson .... dialogue editor
Cuo Qing Xu .... assistant sound engineer
Geo Ying .... sound assistant
James Ziegler .... sound consultant
Alex Raspa .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Betty P. Teng .... adr editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Patrick Ballin .... visual effects editor: MVFX
Travis Baumann .... digital supervisor: Manex LA
Jenny Behnke .... digital artist (as Jennifer Behnke)
John Cassella .... digital artist (as John Cassella Jr.)
Robert Chapin .... digital artist
Charles Darby .... digital matte supervisor: Digital Firepower
John 'D.J.' Des Jardin .... 3D supervisor
Bill Dietrich .... digital artist
Michael Feder .... visual effects executive producer: Blue Sky Studios
Donald Fly .... general manager
Gilbert Gonzales .... paint/roto artist
Nicolle Gray .... technical assistant
Rob Hodgson .... visual effects supervisor
Kim Lavery .... visual effects producer
David Lee .... technical assistant (as Dave Lee)
Mary Leitz .... digital compositor
Mark Leo Perry .... digital artist
Anthony Mabin .... senior digital effects compositor: Manex Visual FX (as Anthony 'antman' Mabin)
Matt Magnolia .... visual effects coordinator: MVFX
Rod Park .... bidding producer
Devorah Petty .... digital artist
Sheldon Ramones .... technical assistant
John E. Sasaki .... digital compositor
Mark Shoaf .... digital artist
John Siczewicz .... senior digital artist: Blue Sky Studios
Jonathan F. Styrlund .... visual effects producer
Daniel Sunwoo .... digital artist
Sean White .... runner
Eric Wilson .... visual effects producer: Blue Sky Studios
Jamie Baxter .... digital artist (uncredited)
Fong-Dai Chan .... martial arts stunts (as Fang-Tei Chen)
Siu Wah Chan .... stunts
Hu Chen .... martial arts stunts
Tiger Hu Chen .... stunts
Su-Weh Chin .... martial arts stunts
Wai Lun Fung .... martial arts stunts
Xian Gao .... martial arts trainer
Yun Liang Geo .... martial arts stunts
Cuan-Liang Ho .... martial arts stunts
Chuen-Ze Jin .... martial arts stunts
Zheng Jin .... martial arts stunts
Zhan-Wen Keu .... martial arts stunts
Chi Tai Lam .... martial arts stunts
Feng-Mei Le .... martial arts stunts
Feng Lin .... martial arts stunts
Hong-Lin Liu .... martial arts stunts
Jun Ning .... martial arts stunts
Wai-Fai Wong .... martial arts stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Te Ba .... set lighting grip: second unit
Feng-Xiang Bao .... set camera grip: second unit
Gei-Ming Cao .... set lighting grip
Kam-Chuen Chan .... still photographer
Sung Fai Choi .... camera operator: second unit
Jin-Chu Du .... set lighting grip
Jimmy Fok .... crane operator
Yun Gao .... set lighting grip: second unit
Si Ha .... set lighting grip: second unit
Tao Hai .... set camera grip: second unit
Patrick Ho .... clapper loader
Hai Hong .... set lighting grip: second unit
Li-Jun Jia .... set lighting grip
Yu-Cuo Jiang .... set camera grip
Louis Jong .... key grip
Jimmy Kwok .... focus puller: second unit
Chun-Shing Lam .... electrician
Chun-Wan Lam .... gaffer: second unit
Kenny Lam .... first focus puller
Kerry Lam .... first focus puller
Wai-Kwan Lau .... clapper loader: second unit
Wing-Teng Law .... electrician: second unit
Tak-Shing Lee .... first gaffer
Wing-Kong Leung .... camera loader
Baoquan Li .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Jie Li .... set lighting grip
Ming Hing Ng .... electrician
Fi-Hong Pun .... electrician
Zhan-Biao Shan .... set camera grip
Dong-Shan Shi .... set camera grip
Ching-Chuen Shuan .... best boy electric
Marc Spicer .... underwater photographer: second unit
Lin-Chen Sun .... set camera grip
Pin Tang .... video operator: second unit
Hai-Zhi Wang .... video operator
Shu-Jun Wang .... set lighting grip
Yuen-Me Xuen .... set camera grip
Hai-Dong Zhang .... set camera grip
Long Zhang .... set lighting grip
Jia-Lieng Zhing .... set camera grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wu-Tong Cao .... assistant costumer
Jun Chai .... costumer
Jin-Hua Gu .... costumer
Shu-Chen Hsu .... chief costume supervisor
Bao-Rong Huang .... wardrobe master
Wang Rong .... costumer
Zhi-Bin Zhao .... costumer
Yu-Juan Zheng .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
Pankaj Bajpai .... colorist (as Pankaj Bajpal)
Angela Bellisio .... post-production assistant
Andrew Buckland .... assistant editor (as Drew Buchland)
David Hamme .... colorist
Fred Heid .... color timer
Shelby Siegel .... second assistant editor
Tim Streeto .... first assistant editor
Patricia Sztaba .... negative cutter
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
Jeremy Cohen .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
Charles Herzfeld .... film lab coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Jorge Calandrelli .... composer: song "A Love Before Time"
Jorge Calandrelli .... music producer: "A Love Before Time"
Xie-Yang Chen .... conductor
Elaine Chow .... translator: lyrics "A Love Before Time"
David Cossin .... musician: percussion
Steven Epstein .... music producer
Richard King .... music mixer
Xiao-Hui Ma .... musician
Yo-Yo Ma .... musician: cello solos
Wen-Zhao Pei .... music producer
Dun Tan .... conductor
Dun Tan .... electronic music programming
Dun Tan .... music producer
Jun-Ciao Tang .... musician
Emmy Tu .... music producer
Lin-Chen Yuan .... electronic music programming
Other crew
Hong-Qun Bai .... production assistant
John Charles .... software engineer: Sony DAC
Ching Wei Chen .... assistant: Mr. Hsu
Ling-Ying Cheng .... assistant: Ms. Yeoh
Wei Cu .... staff member
Shang-Liang Dong .... set production assistant
Chun-Jiang Duen .... set production assistant
Mei-Rong Fan .... location accountant
Ying Feng .... script supervisor
Angela Fung .... accountant: Hong Kong
Si Hao .... production assistant
Joyce Hsieh .... accountant
Tong-Shuh Ji .... production assistant
Da-Min Kao .... set production assistant
Huan-Chiu Ku .... martial arts coordinator
Tessa Lau .... unit publicist
Carma Lee .... accountant: Hong Kong
David L.S. Lee .... assistant: Ms. Lee
Peggy Lee .... production controller
Anna Leung .... assistant: Mr. Kong
Kai Li .... production assistant
Xiau-Qiang Li .... set production assistant
Zhan-Duo Li .... production assistant
Sherrie Liu .... script supervisor
Wei Liu .... set production assistant
Cariddi Nardulli .... dubbing voice: English version
Jawal Nga .... assistant: Mr. Schamus
Wei Nu .... set production assistant
Huie-Ling Peh .... production coordinator
Zhen-Yong Shen .... set production assistant
Tun Yong Sheng .... production assistant
Misha Skoric .... assistant: Chow Yun-Fat
Lian-Yu Sun .... production assistant
Shao-Yuan Sun .... staff member
Yong Sun .... craft service
Dylan Verrechia .... intern
Cuo-Lin Wang .... production assistant
Feng-Pu Wang .... set production assistant
Hua-Jiang Wang .... set production assistant
Hua-Jun Wang .... set production assistant
Lu Wang .... set production assistant
Xin-Min Weng .... set production assistant
Don Wong .... staff member
Lin-Han Wu .... production assistant
Cheng-Wei Xu .... set production assistant
Feng Xu .... production assistant
Ma Chun Ye .... secretary
Peng Yi .... craft service
Lei Yu .... production assistant
Woo-Ping Yuen .... action choreographer (as Wo Ping Yuen)
Woo-Ping Yuen .... action director
Ren-Jun Zhang .... set production assistant
Xian-Qian Zhang .... staff member
Guo-Li Zhao .... staff member
Jun-Jie Zhao .... production assistant
Su-Juan Zheng .... assistant script supervisor
Zeng-He Zheng .... set production assistant
Hong-Jun Zhu .... production assistant
Philip Stockton .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Wo hu cang long" - Taiwan (original title)
"Green Destiny" - Japan (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and some sexuality
120 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

In the hall where Shu Lien first meets Li Mubai, there are two large sets of couplets hung on the wall behind them. The inner couplet reads "(Right) The Tall (Qiao) Tree spreads thousands of branches, but don't they have the same roots; (Left) the Long (Yangtse) River flows into tens of thousand of distributaries, but all have the same source" and is about maintaining harmony. The outer couplet reads "(Right)In Spring and Autumn sacrifices, follow the Ancient Sages' Rites and Customs; (Left) Arraying Left and Right, trace One Family's Generations of Continuity" and is about maintaining tradition.See more »
Continuity: During the fight atop the bamboo trees, the sky is sometimes entirely blue and other times entirely covered in clouds.See more »
[first lines]
Man:Master Li is here! Master Li is here!
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134 out of 167 people found the following review useful.
My Dream Came True, 31 December 2000
Author: jasmine_kung from Irvine, CA

As Ang Lee, I grew up reading wuxia novels in Taiwan. Those novels usually mixed engrossing history, thrilling action, enchanting romance. But when these novels were made into movies or TV series, none of them could match my imagination. It's either because of wrong casting, bad acting, tedious costumes, sloppy storytelling, minimal budget (so everything is shot in studio rather than in the grand Chinese landscapes as they were told in books), fake action... I could go on and on. Now Ang Lee finally made a wuxia film that captures my imagination and fulfills my dream of childhood.

The casting of CTHD is perfect. No disrespect to Jet Li, but Jet Li would not make Li Mu Bai into what he should be: noble, wise but weary. Chow Yun Fat conveys the unspoken feelings of Li Mu Bai in a way I can't imagine anyone else can. But he's known for his acting, Michelle Yeoh was known for her fighting skills. Here in CTHD, she proves herself as an excellent dramatic actress. The secrete longing for Li and the confusion of Li's true feelings were clearly conveyed by her eyes. The scenes between them are heartbreaking. Zhang Zi Yi is a true discovery! What a wonderful talent to steal scenes after scenes from the veterans around her. She ran from looking innocent, haughty, feisty to loving and distraught. She made the complex Jen a real flesh and blood believable human being. Chang Chen made a perfectly sexy and charming bandit.

The scenery and the photography was beyond belief. The majestic landscapes of China match my imagination when I read all the beautiful Chinese poems of the Tang and Sung dynasties. No wonder those poets could come up with those masterpieces. They sure had the best inspiration. Peter Pau not only captured the landscapes and the settings, he also managed to capture the fast-as-lightening action wonderfully. The shot of Jen gliding over water just lodged in my mind. The soundtrack is also excellent. Tan Dun used different instruments to match the different locales. He mixed in Central Asian music in the desert sequence and Chinese flute in the Southern China scenes. Yo-yo Ma's cello in the main theme makes me want to weep everytime I hear it.

The storytelling was also done expertly. As a romantic-at-heart, I love the desert romance between Jen and Lo. It's one of the most charming and believable love stories that I can remember. Most people gave credit of the fighting to Yuen Wo Ping. I'd give kudos to Ang Lee. I've seen Yuen's martial art films before, but they're never done in such an imaginative and artistic way. The artistic vision has to come from Ang Lee.

To sum it up, three cheers for Ang Lee! You not only fulfilled your childhood dream, you fulfilled mine too. It's such a pleasure to finally see a wuxia novel be done right. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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