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This is the stuff Legends are made of.
Easily one of my favorite stories ever, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon simply has no flaws. It's an adventure, a story of love, betrayal, duty, war, and life. The plot is simple and yet possessed of dazzling depths.
The characters are all ones you care about deeply, even the Jade Fox, who you know deserves to die but she's a cool character anyway. Jen is very grey throughout the film, making her an interesting and unpredictable character. Li Mu Bai is a strong character, and Shu Lein every bit as strong, not to mention skilled in the social arena as well. It's Shu Lein who really shines, through the incredible acting talents of Michelle Yeoh (who is an /excellent/ martial artist in real life), who couldn't even speak the language she was acting in! Nor could Zheng Ziyi, who plays Jen, and both did a wonderful job of convincing me otherwise. All of the characters were wonderfully played, and the storyline is incredible. The Jade Fox is a worthy adversary too, and a /real/ antagonist, doing things for a reason. It's hard to find a good villain whose motivation isn't, "I'm evil! Now I'm going to run around and cut people's heads off for /no/ reason!"
Oh yes, the film also features a 45-minute flashback. Give me back my comb!
A truly wonderful film. Refreshing to see women in such powerful, authoritative roles. Breathtaking scenery. Casting job is absolutely superb and action sequences second to none. It looks like I will be adding another dvd to my collection.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the most beautiful film I have ever
The artistry of the cinematography, choreography, and the story as a whole
have to be seen to be believed. It's rare indeed to see such intense
juxtaposed with quite stunning grace and elegance. Nothing is rushed,
nothing is wasted.
The plot is mysterious and moving, allowing acting of the highest calibre to shine through. Although the cast is uniformly excellent, special mention must go to Michelle Yeoh for her utterly convincing and tragic performance. Her scenes with Chow Yun-Fat are perfect examples of subtlety and tenderness. Her fight scenes astound with their speed and power.
This film transports us to a place where heroes still live for honour and excellence, where elite fighters can defy the laws of physics, and perform acts of aerobatic virtuosity. Colours, textures, and landscapes combine with love, anger and humanity to produce as perfect a piece of cinema as you are ever likely to see. See it.
(PS watch the original Mandarin language version, not the English dubbed edition. Subtitles are never as distracting as unnatural lip-sync)
Continuing from the header, many people hated this movie because they
couldn't get their head around the physics defying fight scenes. I ask you.
Whats wrong with having physics defying fight scenes? We can have fantasies
with huge monsters and trolls and magic spells and wizards, and films with
huge aliens attacking the earth, ones with genetically altered spiders
biting teenage boys, and films with ancient egyptian mummies waking up and
sucking the life out of people. Why can we have those entertaining yet
unrealistic flicks which i'm sure a lot of people loved, but those same
people hated this movie because of the flying. Why cant you get your head
For those enlightened few who can, well done. I'm sure you enjoyed this masterpiece of cinema as much as I did. OK, so the script wasn't as fine tuned as it should have been, and the story did lag a bit in a few places, but the actors gave it their all, and its stunningly shot. I've never seen china look like this. OK, maybe its because its a fantasy (hear that Philistines? Its a FANTASY? That means its not outside the rules for them to fly! In fact I think for a fantasy its incredibly restrained and down to earth. You dont see no magical creatures or spells or wizards and witches in this flick!), but it still looks absolutely beautiful. And the score? Highly deserving or its Oscar. Some people couldn't really appreciate Tan Duns subtle mix of chello and haunting tunes, and very true, its not for everyone. But I felt it was amazing how one instrument could convey every extreme emotion portrayed in the script, from happiness and remembrance to love and loss, it was a musical revelation, and it suited the film perfectly.
And Lee's direction was spot on, and partnered with yen Wo Ping, the otherwordly fights were simply spectacular. While i've seen better fights, i've never seen them performed with such Daring abd Bravado before. This is truly stunning, just like the whole film.
And if you hate the film, just watch it for Zhang Ziyi. She could beat me up anyday...
It starts quietly enough. A swordsman returns to the woman he secretly
loves, to tell her he's decided to give up the life of a warrior. As a
token, he gives her his signature weapon, the Green Destiny sword, and
asks her to deliver it to the governor in Beijing. Simple enough.
This kicks off "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," one of the most beautiful, passionate action/adventure movies ever made. Much has been made of the wu xia fight choreography, and many, sadly, have expressed their dislike for it as unbelievable. It's not supposed to be believable. It's supposed to be admired for its balletic artistry, its refusal to let the emotions of conflict remain stubbornly earthbound. The action choreography in this film is, like all true martial arts, both thrilling and meditative.
Most filmmakers working with this material would have gone overboard on the action. Ang Lee, however, is too good with actors and stories to make that mistake. He anchors "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," on its superb cast-- Chow Yun-Fat(how could it have been anyone else?) as the aging warrior Li Mu Bai, Michelle Yeoh, her face aglow with wary beauty, as Shu Lien, and the astonishing Zhang Ziyi as Jen, the new governor's daughter who is much more than she originally appears. A romance, an adventure, a meditation on how the choices we make narrow our paths in life, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is one of the great films of our time.
Before you pick up this movie to watch, be in mind that this is a martial
arts film, with a storyline. I have never seen anything like this before.
The movie has excellent fight scenes, an excellent score, excellent
locations and breathtaking stunts, overall This is by far the best Chinese
Well Done Ang Lee!
i remember when i first saw this movie. i was blown away, and i still am every time i watch it. this is one of the most beautifully filmed movies ever. robbed at the oscars for best picture. this film transports you to another world. it is so breathtakingly shot. and lets not forget about the fights. these are the best fight scenes we may ever see in a movie. this is a true essential in any collection. to truly experience the film subtitles are needed, as this is more than just a kung fu movie. the actors all give performances so great its hard to think that they aren't their characters. if you dont like this movie, then you can not call yourself a movie fan.
This movie is awesome and very beautiful. What really p***ed me off, was how people were laughing during the movie because of the way they fought! This movie is based on a fairy tale people! In this fairy tale, they can float as they fight, ok? look into it if you don't understand!
I was unsure what to expect from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I didn't
see the film until everyone and their dogs had an opinion on its excellence
or its failure. When I finally found the courage - or resolve - to see the
film, I was surprisingly delighted.
What I noticed first about the film was the amazing panoramic images of China. The cinematography in this film is unmatched (with the sole exception of LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring, set in New Zealand). The film itself was beautiful, and contained all the elements necessary for a truly successful fantasy. It had memorable characters, beautiful scenery, some comic relief, intelligent fight scenes, and most importantly, a moral. The fact that it revolves around a love story is an added treat (think: Star Wars).
This film delights the senses, and whisks you away into the lives of each character. The mandarin language adds a romantism to the film as well. For a movie that was so highly disputed, I find myself on the side that whole-heartedly approves of its brilliance.
If you have not yet watched the film, do it, regardless of any negativity that you may have heard. Just the experience of the film, whether you find you like it or not, is worth the time spent.
I rate it a compelling 9/10.
I've never been much of an Ang Lee fan, but this film quickly made me one. While I enjoyed the Ice Storm, this film reinvented Chinese cinema as we know it. Granted, it meant nearly breaking the bank to make the film, but the style and artistry was amazing. Yeun Woo Ping did a spectacular job of choreographing this film, even though his greatest achievement thus far is turning Keanu Reeves into a respectable martial artist. After watching this movie, I can't wait for Zu Warriors to tumble into town. But, I also have to feel bad for Ang Lee when he made this film. Just imagine, if this film didn't do well, he would probably become just another good `foreign director. ' Let's just hope The Hulk isn't some bad comic book turned into movie. Let's hope it is better than the horribly bad Spider-man.
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