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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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

Ziyi Zhang studied calligraphy for several months, along with her other training, for the movie. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 4 mins) When Jen's hands are tied in the cave, the loose ends of the knot change from shot to shot. 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 English subtitles on the DVD are translated differently than the original theatrical version. See more »


Soundtracks

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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A Vivid Dream And An Action Fantasy
21 March 2001 | by columbia2453See all my reviews

Less than half an hour into the viewing of this masterpiece I knew this would become one of my favorite films - of all time. Only in my wildest dreams (quite literally, this movie has touched me on a personal level) have I visualized such fantastic and precise choreography, so captivating that to take your eyes away during the intense confrontations is to deny yourself the essence of what makes this film so wonderful.

With an artistic license unprecedented, the action scenes are entirely unbelievable but purely the work of a fabulous imagination. The magical settings and the colorful characters fit well into the plot but you will take away the breath-taking martial arts sequences.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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