Crouching tiger, hidden dragon (Wu hu zang long) - Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Zi Yi, Ang Lee
Threat advisory: Severe - Severe risk of entertaining activities
From the mists of time comes an epic tale of daring, deception and destiny, told through the intertwined lives of two women struggling against their fates.
The legendary warrior Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) and the beautiful Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh), a woman fighter, suffer the torment of undeclared love. He is undefeatable; she, superbly skilled - and her country's most renowned female warrior. Both have pursued justice for their people over personal fulfilment. Entrusting Yu with his ancient sword, the mythical Green Destiny, Li asks that she deliver it as a gift to the revered Sir Te (Lung Sihung) in Beijing.
The young and wilful aristocrat Jen (Zhang Zi Yi) arrives in the stately Beijing with her governess (Cheng Pei Pei) after years in the western territories, where Jen's father was chief magistrate. The city surrounding them is a magnificent grid of houses extending miles and miles out - a new arena for social conquest. In order to establish the family in their new homestead, Jen's mother is keen to marry her off to a wealthy man.
When the exquisite Green Destiny, filled with ancient powers, is stolen, Yu investigates, and finds that the trail appears to lead to Jen. As Yu and Jen draw closer, Yu discovers that the young woman envies her independence. However, she cautions Jen that freedom has a high price. But Jen refuses to give up her dreams of freedom; on the day of her wedding she is found missing from the bridal chamber.
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- Film action supernatural China martial arts kung fu adventure monk witch romance sword
Persons of interest
- Yun-Fat Chow .... Master Li Mu Bai
- Michelle Yeoh .... Yu Shu Lien
- Ziyi Zhang .... Jen Yu
- Chen Chang .... Lo "Dark Cloud"/Luo Xiao Hu
- Sihung Lung .... Sir Te
- Pei-pei Cheng .... Jade Fox
- Fa Zeng Li .... Governor Yu
- Xian Gao .... Bo
- Yan Hai .... Madame Yu
- De Ming Wang .... Police Inspector Tsai/Prefect Cai Qiu
- Li Li .... May
- Su Ying Huang .... Auntie Wu
- Jin Ting Zhang .... De Lu
- Kai Li .... Gou Jun Pei
- Jian Hua Feng .... Gou Jun Sinung
- Wang Du Lu .... Author
- James Schamus .... Screenwriter
- Wang Hui Ling .... Screenwriter
- Kuo-Rong Tsai .... Screenwriter
- Ang Lee .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Awards and Film Festivals
- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS - Oscars) 2001: Best foreign language film (Ang Lee, Taiwan), Best cinematography (Peter Pau), Best art direction - set decoration (Tim Yip), Best music, original score (Tan Dun)
- Cinematic Intelligence Agency Trenchcoat Awards 2002
- Film Critics Circle of Australia 2000: Best foreign language film
- Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes) 2000: Won: Best director, Best foreign film
- Silk Screen
- Download the 800x600 Crouching tiger, hidden dragon desktop image
- NB: Chinese language dialogue with English language subtitles, English dub
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
The fight sequences in Crouching tiger, hidden dragon are the best I have seen in more than two and less than an unspecified higher number of decades. They run, they fly, they hit, they kick, they stab, they slice, dice and julienne. If you think fighting while jumping from rooftop to rooftop in the middle of the night is good, wait until they leap from stalk to stalk of giant bamboo in the middle of the day!
Next stop: drama! There's everything from intrigue, politics, romance, love, betrayal, redemption, hate, distrust and sorrow to joy, peace, yearning and death.
Even the subtitles are good.
Crouching tiger, hidden dragon makes Romeo must die look like diet cheese. It rocks, it rolls, it roars down off the screen at you cowering in your cinema seat. It wraps you in silk, seduces you with grandeur, then blows you away without so much as blinking an eye.
If you want the least bit of excitement in your life, you must see Crouching tiger, hidden dragon. Just do it.
Media intelligence (DVD)
- Picture: Widescreen (2.35:1/16:9 enhanced)
- Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Disc type: single side, dual layer
- Languages: Mandarin, English
- Subtitles: English, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Hebrew, Bulgarian, Hindi, Arabic, Portuguese
- Unleashing dragons behind-the-scenes featurette
- Conversation with Michelle
- Audio commentary by Ang & James
- Talent profiles
- Photo montage
- Web link
- Bonus and original trailers
- Picture disc
- 12 page souvenir booklet
Security censorship classification
M (Low level violence)
120 minutes (2:00 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 11 July 2001