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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Poster

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Li Mu Bai: I would rather be a ghost drifting by your side as a condemned soul than enter heaven without you... because of your love, I will never be a lonely spirit

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Li Mu Bai: I've already wasted my whole life. I want to tell you with my last breath that I have always loved you. I would rather be a ghost, drifting by your side as a condemned soul, than enter heaven without you. Because of your love, I will never be a lonely spirit.

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Sir Te: A sword by itself rules nothing. It only comes alive in skilled hands.

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Li Mu Bai: No growth without assistance. No action without reaction. No desire without restraint. Now give yourself up and find yourself again.

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Li Mu Bai: The things we touch have no permanence. My master would say: there is nothing we can hold onto in this world. Only by letting go can we truly possess what is real.

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Li Mu Bai: Like most things, I am nothing.

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Yu Shu Lien: To repress one's feelings only makes them stronger.

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Li Mu Bai: [to Yu Shu Lien] Crouching tigers and hidden dragons are in the underworld... but so are human feelings.

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Lo: A faithful heart makes wishes come true.

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Jen Yu: [while slicing through customers at a local restaurant] You want to know who I am? I am... I am the Invincible Sword Goddess, armed with the Green Destiny that knows no equal! Be you Li or Southern Crane, bow your head and ask for mercy! I am the dragon from the desert! Who comes from nowhere and leaves no trace! Today I fly over Eu-Mei. Tomorrow... I topple Mount Wudan!

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Li Mu Bai: Real sharpness comes without effort.

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Yu Shu Lien: You were enlightened?

Li Mu Bai: No. I didn't feel the bliss of enlightenment. Instead... I was surrounded by an endless sorrow.

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Waiter: Follow me.

Jen Yu: I want a clean room.

Waiter: We have plenty... Your order?

Jen Yu: Steamed whole cod, bite-size meatballs, a little starchy but keep the sauce light, shark fin soup, mixed vegetables and some warm wine.

Waiter: We only have one chef.

Jen Yu: Then get him started.

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Jen Yu: It must exciting to be a fighter, to be totally free.

Yu Shu Lien: Fighters have rules, too. Friendship, trust, integrity. Always keep your promise. Without rules we wouldn't survive long.

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Jade Fox: [to Jen] It's the Giang Hu fighter lifestyle... Kill or be killed. Exciting, isn't it?

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Jade Fox: You deserve to die, but the life I was hoping to take was Jen's. Ten years I devoted to you, but you deceived me! You hid the manual's true meaning. I never improved but your progress was limitless. You know what poison is? An eight year-old girl full of deceit. That's poison!

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Yu Shu Lien: Without Green Destiny, you are nothing!

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[commenting on the theft of the Green Destiny sword once again]

Sir Te: They take it, they return it, they take it again... this place is becoming everyone's private storeroom!

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Jen Yu: Who are you?

Gou Jun Pei: I'm Shining Phoenix Mountain Gou.

Jen Yu: Gou? A name I abhor. When I hear it, my ears start to ache. I feel like vomiting!

[Rising from the table]

Jen Yu: And suddenly I cannot hold back my sword hand's anger!

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Li Mu Bai: She should come to Wudan and become a disciple.

Yu Shu Lien: But Wudan does not accept women.

Li Mu Bai: For her, they might make an exception. If not, I'm afraid she'll become a poisoned dragon.

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Lo: All this trouble for a comb?

Jen Yu: It's mine. It means a lot to me. A barbarian like you wouldn't understand.

Lo: I can use it to pick fleas from my horse.

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Li Mu Bai: Giang Hu is a world of tigers and dragons, full of corruption.

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Sir Te: When in comes to the affairs of the heart, even the greatest warriors can be a consummate idiots.

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Li Mu Bai: Even if I was banished to the darkest place, my love will never let me be a lonely spirit.

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Li Mu Bai: Sharpness is a state of mind.

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Gangster A: You don't seem to understand.

Jen Yu: So what if I don't?

Gangster B: [raising weapons along with his partner] We have ways of making you understand...

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Jen Yu: Make a wish, Lo.

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[first lines]

Man: Master Li is here! Master Li is here!

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Yu Shu Lien: The Green Destiny Sword. You're giving it to Sir Te.

Li Mu Bai: I am. He has always been our greatest protector.

Yu Shu Lien: I don't understand. How can you part with it? It's been with you a long time.

Li Mu Bai: Too many men have died at its edge. It may look pure... , but only because blood washes so easily from its blade.

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Jen Yu: I'm getting married soon, but I haven't lived the life I want.

Yu Shu Lien: So I heard. Congratulations.

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Yu Shu Lien: [to the Sword Thief] Return the sword and I'll let you go.

[pause]

Yu Shu Lien: You've been trained at Wudan?

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Yu Shu Lien: It's a great fortune to marry into such a noble family.

Jen Yu: Is it? Actually, I like the great heroes in the books... just like you and Li Mu Bai. Marriage is a good thing. If only I could be free to live my own life... to choose who I love and love him in my own way. That's real happiness.

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Yu Shu Lien: [to Mrs. Yu] This particular thief... is very unusual. And most likely smarter than a mere killer.

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Li Mu Bai: [to the Sword Thief] Give yourself up and find yourself again.

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Jen Yu: Why do you want to teach me?

Li Mu Bai: I've always wanted a disciple worthy of the Wudang secrets.

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Yu Shu Lien: [to Li Mu Bai] Are you happy now that the sword is back?

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Li Mu Bai: You did your job well. The sword is back. But... This girl. I saw her last night.

Yu Shu Lien: I knew you'd be suspicious.

Li Mu Bai: She needs controlling. She needs real direction and training.

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Lo: Jen! Come with me to Xin Jiang!

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Yu Shu Lien: What was it?

Li Mu Bai: Something I can't let go of.

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Yu Shu Lien: I beg your pardon. Li Mu Bai and I aren't cowards.

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Yu Shu Lien: Whatever path you decide to take in this life... be true to yourself.

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Jen Yu: How long would you last as my enemy?

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Jen Yu: Who am I?

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[last lines]

Lo: I wish that we'll be in the desert together again.

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Yu Shu Lien: The sword has brought Li Mu Bai as much trouble as glory.

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Li Mu Bai: You need practice. I can teach you to fight with the Green Destiny, but first you must learn to hold it in stillness.

Jen Yu: Why do you want to teach me?

Li Mu Bai: I've always wanted a disciple worthy of Wudan's secrets.

Jen Yu: And if I use them to kill you?

Li Mu Bai: That's a risk I'm willing to take. Deep down you're good. Even Jade Fox couldn't corrupt you.

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Jade Fox: Your master underestimated women! I was good enough to sleep with, but not to teach. What better punishment than to die by a woman's hand?

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