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.

Director:

Ang Lee

Writers:

Hui-Ling Wang (screenplay by) (as Wang Hui Ling), James Schamus (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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1,607 ( 315)
Won 4 Oscars. Another 98 wins & 134 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chow Yun-Fat ... Master Li Mu Bai (as Chow Yun Fat)
Michelle Yeoh ... Yu Shu Lien
Ziyi Zhang ... Jen (as Zhang Ziyi)
Chen Chang ... Lo
Sihung Lung ... Sir Te
Pei-Pei Cheng ... Jade Fox (as Cheng Pei-Pei)
Fazeng Li Fazeng Li ... Governor Yu
Xian Gao Xian Gao ... Bo
Yan Hai Yan Hai ... Madame Yu
Deming Wang Deming Wang ... Tsai (as Wang De Ming)
Li Li ... May (as Li Li)
Suying Huang ... Auntie Wu (as Huang Su Ying)
Jinting Zhang Jinting Zhang ... De Lu (as Zhang Jin Ting)
Rui Yang Rui Yang ... Maid
Kai Li Kai Li ... Gou Jun Pei
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Storyline

In early nineteenth-century China, in the waning years of the Qing dynasty, the renowned swordsman who yearns for enlightenment, Li Mu Bai, decides to give up his legendary Green Destiny sword: the sharp four-hundred-year-old blade of heroes. To mark the end of a blood-stained career, Li entrusts the excellent female warrior, Yu Shu Lien, with the precious weapon to deliver it to Governor Yu; however, once there, an audacious and nimble masked thief manages to steal it. As Shu Lien is hot on the trail of the skilled burglar, unrequited loves; fervent passions; an unconquerable desire for freedom, and bitter loose ends stand in the way. Can Mu Bai shake off his violent past? Written by Nick Riganas

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A timeless story of strength, secrets, and two warriors who would never surrender. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

(At around 1 hour, 5 minutes) At the cave scene, Lo sings a song. This song is in one of the old Turkish languages (probably the Uyghur language), which still can be understood in today's Turkish language. It is something along the lines of, "...yiriliyorida, gordum su guzel kiz havar guni, ...bu guzel aylari, ey guzel kiz havali kiz." It means, "...while she was singing softly, I saw that beautiful girl when sun goes down, ...this beautiful months, You beautiful girl, cool girl." See more »

Goofs

(at around 40 mins) When Jen and her mother are receiving wedding gifts from Sir Te with Shu Lien, the two older women are chatting with Jen standing plainly in the back of the room, facing the two women. In the next shot, Jen is seen turning to face the room from the balcony. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man: Master Li is here! Master Li is here!
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Crazy Credits

The opening title appears in Chinese and English. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Taiwanese VCD for this movie was dubbed. Mandarin Chinese was not the first language for Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh, and it showed in the original movie. This version dubbed them over with native speakers. It can also be distinguished by the addition of background noise such as grunts during the fights. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

A Love Before Time
Music Composed by Jorge Calandrelli, Dun Tan
Lyrics by James Schamus, Elaine Chow (Translation)
Performed by CoCo Lee featuring Cello Solo by Yo-Yo Ma
Coco Lee appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Holland) B.V.
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A martial arts movie filmed with great visual brio
9 December 2008 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Chinese martial arts films had found a market in the West during the Kung Fu boom initiated by Bruce Lee in the early 1970s… But "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" represents a new departure, an attempt to produce a sophisticated, big-budget Chinese film that would appeal both to mainstream Western audiences and to audiences in the Far East… Through their quest to find the stolen sword of Green Destiny, warriors Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) explore themes of love, loyalty and sacrifice…

Ang Lee was an astute choice as director… The location shooting was on the Chinese mainland and the actors came from Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as China… Instead of the Shaolin school of martial arts favored by Bruce Lee, Ang Lee opted for the more spiritual form of Wudan; brute force is replace by scenes of balletic grace as opponents climb up walls or flit through tree-tops…

The widespread success of the film is a firm indication that Chinese culture is making its mark


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Country:

Taiwan | Hong Kong | USA | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon See more »

Filming Locations:

Anhui Province, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$663,205, 10 December 2000

Gross USA:

$128,078,872

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$213,525,736
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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