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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Wo hu cang long (original title)
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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:

Du Lu Wang (book), Hui-Ling Wang (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 96 wins & 130 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Sihung Lung ... Sir Te
Pei-Pei Cheng ... Jade Fox (as Cheng Pei-Pei)
Fa Zeng Li Fa Zeng Li ... Governor Yu
Xian Gao Xian Gao ... Bo
Yan Hai Yan Hai ... Madame Yu
De Ming Wang De Ming Wang ... Police Inspector Tsai / Prefect Cai Qiu
Li Li ... May (as Li Li)
Su Ying Huang ... Auntie Wu
Jin Ting Zhang Jin Ting Zhang ... De Lu
Rui Yang Rui Yang ... Maid
Kai Li Kai Li ... Gou Jun Pei
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Storyline

In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his friend to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level. Written by Jwelch5742

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A film by Ang Lee


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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:

HKD 7,714,001 (Hong Kong), 20 July 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$663,205, 10 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$128,078,872

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$213,525,736
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

(At around 15 minutes) In the first night scene, Bo meets two night-watchmen who later give two knocks on clappers/rods, indicating that it was the second watch of the night. The first watch begins at 7 P.M., and each watch is two hours long, so it was after 9 P.M. when Jen first sneaks into Sir Te's residence. If the number of times the night-watchmen sounds the small cymbal/gong was shown, the audience would know more precisely what time it was between 9-11 P.M. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 7 mins) When Jen stabs Lo with the arrow in Lo's cave, blood trickles out from a spot about two inches above the injury. 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

DVD edition features English-language version; VHS edition available either dubbed or subtitled. See more »

Connections

References Da zui xia (1966) 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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Important, in a way.
13 August 2004 | by faultSee all my reviews

What people who aren't Chinese and who don't know much about Chinese culture fail to understand, is that the warrior mythology portrayed in films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero has its roots in a particular genre of fiction that has been around much longer than television or film.

Having grown up reading a bunch of these stories of epic fantasy, I remember being surprised when I went to watch CTHD in the theaters, and saw the audience break out in laughter at the flying stunts. I suppose the concept probably does seem ridiculous to foreigners.

The whole deal with the flying is this:

In the stories, the world of "Giang Hu" mentioned in CTHD is the unconventional part of society in which the characters that practice high transcendent martial arts exist. "Giang Hu" literally translates to something like "lakes and rivers", which kind of is a cultural allusion to the fact that most of these people wander a whole lot participating in great duels of swordsmanship and all kinds of tragic drama.

One of the forms of transcendent martial arts is "chin guon", which translates to something like "the art of lightness". It's a skill that these warrior folk develop from a young age using various methods that make it so they can move as if they were light as a feather. I think the idea is that they're trained so that they progressively have less and less of a perception of their own weight, and thus they can run up walls and fly across rooftops in style.

There's another type of martial art which involves transmitting "chi" (spiritual essence or whatever you want to call it) through your hands or fingertips and into the pressure points of others, either doing them harm, rendering them unable to move, or restoring some of their strength.

If you don't understand that it's another culture's fiction/mythology and can't get over that it defies known physics and medicine etc., well, too bad.

At the same time, look at acupuncture. Millions swear by the benefits of acupuncture. Hell, my father had a stroke that paralyzed half his face and went to four separate doctors. They couldn't do a damn thing. He then went to an acupuncturist and after two sessions the paralysis was gone. Conventional medicine still has no idea how acupuncture could possibly work, yet a lot of doctors will accept it as a viable option. Who the hell knows, maybe once upon a time in China people could fly.

I find Chinese warrior mythology pretty interesting, and the problem is that these novels do not translate well. I'm not sure if anyone has ever tried. A lot of what goes on in them has a lot of cultural relevance and wouldn't be readily understood by certain people who have Western sensibilities. Hong Kong and Taiwan have for a couple of decades produced a lot of television shows that portray these stories, but they're mostly pretty cheesy like American soap operas.

Which is why CTHD is semi-important as a film. It's the first film to expose a lot Americans to this facet of Chinese mythology, and I hope it's not the last.


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