Firstly to Flychrissie, as with all films developing through time you may notice particular discrepancies in the films, such as the strings holding actors, however this should not effect your opinion of the film's story.
This film started off an amazing genre of newer approaches to martial arts, involving more in depth artistic fighting scenes that feature alongside the oriental music of the time era.
I have watched both the dubbed English version and the subtitled version, if you handle reading and watching then watch the subtitled version. The dubbed version is not bad but from time to time you notice bad lip syncing with the soundtrack.
The film's story should appeal to both sexes, there is the underlying romance between the two main characters, as well as beautiful "dance like" movements between city scapes and countryside. The fight scenes are brilliant also, Crouching Tiger being one of the first films to feature female to female combat. This film was also the first film for Chow Yun Fat using a sword.
I'd recommend this film to anyone, and for those new to this genre, you might find the story confusing, don't try to understand it from a Western perspective, but from an Oriental one, fighting for honour, living by the sword, dying by the sword.