Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 97%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7.9 10 238


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Michelle Yeoh as Fok Ming-Ming
Pei-Pei Cheng as Myling
Yun-Fat Chow as Chow Ding-Fat
Ziyi Zhang as Xiao Mei
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23.976 fps
120 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by axapvov 4 / 10 / 10

as beautiful as it is boring

I´ve watched this four or five times, well, I tried, because I´ve fallen asleep every single one of them, seriously. I am able to sit through movies like THE LAST EMPEROR ot THE WEEPING MEADOW and I´m kind of a stubborn film goer, usually forcing myself to endure any kind of film, no matter how long, slow or bad. Also, I liked other works by Ang Lee, specially EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN. I came to the obvious conclusion there must be something utterly boring about this film that makes me not give a rat´s ass about any character or any of their affected dialogues. I´m guessing the fighting scenes are so gorgeous and unique this film has stayed in our colective subconscious as way more than it really is.

Reviewed by zio-faust-goddog 10 / 10 / 10

High Expectations, Mediocre movie

I consider myself open-minded, I'm curious about any movie that stirs interest among other people. I've no problems with foreign movies, as long as I can understand them (or can find a decently subtitled edit) I watch them eagerly. So when I say I'm very disappointed by 'Crouching tiger,hidden Dragon' it's not out of prejudice, or for it being unfamiliar with my usual choices. It really is mediocre, considering the budget and the target genre. Cinematography is good (and that's why is 3/10), the rest of it is null or minus. Story is void. The beginning hints some good backstory, which soon turns out absurd and very weak. Scenes follow each other without a real plot. The timing is really bad (seriously, a 20' flashback with nearly NO connection to the main action?). Fights are good, but as many say, nothing special considering other movies of the same era (or older). Character development also is absent. Characters act as some stereotypes out of some ancient romantic poem. Pretty bad idea in an action martial arts flick. It simply does not work, and looks stupid. The only character I found believable and worth of sympathy was Shu Lien, and she was underdeveloped and often left out. To conclusions: many ideas definitely could work, the execution is poor. Bad timing, weak plot, poetry above narration. Mind that if the latter is done properly, it can yield great results. Here its not done properly. Decide: kung fu movie, or poetry. If you wander between, you risk to result ridiculous.

Reviewed by jaredpahl 10 / 10 / 10

In Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Ang Lee Weaves Magic From Martial Arts

Before Ang Lee's foray into Chinese martial arts movies, the Wuxia film genre had only enjoyed a small cult following in the West. With Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, it hit the mainstream. Steeped in the tradition of Wuxia, and fully celebratory of its genre's over-the-top conventions, Ang Lee's 2000 masterwork plays perfectly as an action-packed and rousing martial arts movie. That alone would be enough to champion this movie, but through sheer craftsmanship, Ang Lee and his collaborators have created something for which the word "transcendent" is meant. Crouching Tiger mines from its pulp heritage, a type of metaphysical artistry. The action is not just exciting, it is endlessly and exquisitely creative. The scenery is not just pretty, it is otherworldly in its beauty. The characters and story are not just interesting, they are inspirational. Crouching Tiger is a classic romantic adventure, and while I have little experience with Chinese martial arts cinema, I assume its story sticks closely to well worn genre traits. Based on a book by Wang DuLu, the story centers around two women, Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh), a veteran Wuxia warrior and Jen Yu (Ziyi Zhang) a princess who dreams of living free of her upper class life, and their respective loves, the master warrior Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) and the renegade outlaw "Dark Cloud" (Chen Chang). In Jen's journey of self discovery, Li's philosophical meditation, and Yu Shu's liberating romance, the course is set for a sweeping, large-scale adventure. Crouching Tiger is exactly that; a rousing action fantasy full of fun and thrills. What's more is that it is also a stirring emotional experience. The three principle characters are effortlessly magnetic on screen. Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh deliver the finest work of their careers here as lifelong friends and repressed lovers, and Zhang Ziyi is enchanting in the role that turned her into a Chinese sensation overnight. The story of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one that snuck up on me emotionally. There is a good deal of talky time spent discussing the plot of a stolen sword and a mysterious Jade Fox character, as well as a long flashback that apparently does little to forward the plot. The emotions are relatively understated for the first two-thirds of the movie, so when the character resolutions finally hit, they feel like body blows. The movie very subtly builds its themes and endears us to its characters. It is a remarkable feat of storytelling from scriptwriters Hui-Ling Wang, James Schamus and Kuo Jung Tsai. Perhaps the most remarkable of Crouching Tiger's many remarkable elements are its martial arts action scenes. Under Ang Lee's direction, Peter Pau's photography and Yeun Woo-Ping's sensational fight choreography are given an elegant, mystical energy. The action in Crouching Tiger sings like nothing I've ever seen before. It is so fast, so inventive, so ceaselessly exciting, that it becomes more than just action. There is something hypnotic about its juxtaposition of sublime craftsmanship and pulpy cheesiness. It's enough that the fight scenes are perfect from a technical standpoint, but the tone here strikes the perfect balance of camp, fun, and danger. I've seen a lot of great action movies. None of them left my jaw on the floor every time the swords clash. Crouching Tiger did. If story and action weren't enough, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon also excels in each and every one of the technical departments. The costumes, sets, and sound all radiate quality. The production values in Crouching Tiger are lightyears beyond its drive-in schlock cousins. Peter Pau's cinematography, which won him the most deserved Oscar in the history of the award, is a top-to-bottom perfect showcase of what a great cinematographer can do. Crouching Tiger is beyond beautiful to look at. The streets of Beijing, the vast Gobi desert, and the lush, green Bamboo forests are just a few of the standout locations in Crouching Tiger and Pau photographs them in a way that makes them feel like characters unto themselves. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is an extraordinary piece of film. Plenty of movies claim to have "something for everyone", but few are able to master dozens of elements the way Crouching Tiger does. This is one of the great art house films ever made and also one of the great action spectaculars. How delightfully crazy is that to think? What Ang Lee has done with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is create pure art from the basic elements of a genre mostly accepted as meaningless junk. It's miraculous. Any way you look at it, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is magical. 94/100

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