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Wo hu cang long (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) (2000)

Original Title : Wo hu cang long
Director : Ang Lee
Writer : Du Lu Wang
Hui-Ling Wang
James Schamus
Kuo Jung Tsai
Genre : Adventure
Drama
Country : USA
Language : Chinese
Producer : Po Chu Chui , Ping Dong , Li-Kong Hsu , William Kong , Ang Lee , Philip Lee , David Linde , Er-Dong Liu , James Schamus , Wai Sum Shia , Quangang Zheng
Music : Jorge Calandrelli
Tan Dun
Yong King
Photography : Peter Pau
Distributor : Arthaus Filmverleih [de]
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and some sexuality.
IMDB ID : 0190332
Official site : http://www.crouchingtiger.com/
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Wo hu cang long (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) (2000) - Ang Lee
 

Starring

Yun-Fat Chow Master Li Mu Bai
Michelle Yeoh Yu Shu Lien
Ziyi Zhang Jen Yu (Mandarin version
 

Plot

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is a timeless story that takes place in feudal China when miracles were credible and spirits and gods were present in man's world. It is not unbelievable that zen warriors float through the air, skim the water and battle in trees and on rooftops. Pain, revenge and duty are the stuff that bind us in this world and are the main plot line of the movie, but in the afterlife love and faith linger on.
 

Comments

Archtypically Chinese Drama The movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is a beautifully lyrical tale set in some unspecified ancient period of Chinese history. It details the unsuccessful struggle of a master swordsman to foreswear his profession, and to bring to fruition his personal relationship with the lady security consultant who is the object of his emotional desire. They work together to try to recover his quasi-magical emerald engraved sword, which he has given in trust to his old weapons-training master, but which has been mysteriously stolen by a night-thief...The true identity and historical reasons for this theft provide much of the tension in the second half of the movie. The fanciful aspects of the story where the martial-artists seem to gain an increasing mastery over gravity---sailing from one rooftop to another, cannot be reconciled with Western "literalness", but are more fitted to classical arabian or oriental fairy-tales, or even of the Greco-Roman "deux-ex-machina" direct-interference of "Gods" in the plots of mortal men... If taken as literal storytelling, the movie fails in "believability".. but taken as an allegorical, poetic, fanciful parableit is a wonderful success... This movie is suprisingly well acted---suprisingly by western standards-----the characterization and the plot development owe much more to Buddhist or Zen Koan philosophy, and to the very stylized manners of Japanese (originally Chinese) "puppet" theatre. Western viewers who have any background in watching opera will have no trouble with the "stylized" aspects of the acting. Like moonlight through waving bamboo, the ending is moody, reflective, ambivalent, philosophical....ultimately enlightening. This is far better storytelling and possibly better martial-arts than anything Bruce Lee ever managed to bring to the screen during HIS lifetime... The music score is alternately lush and exotic, with cello solos by Yo-Yo Mah giving it just the right touch of "classical" western melody. The cinematography is equal to anything from the epic films of David Lean. I can't wait to go see it again!
 
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