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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Released on 18 June 2001

Featuring: Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh & Zhang Ziyi

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years or older

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Amazing martial arts fighting sequences (choreographed by Yuen wo Ping - The Matrix), stunning special effects, action adventure and romance have made Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon the most talked about movie of the year.

Martial arts masters Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) and Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) battle against evil forces to recover their stolen sword, the legendary Green Destiny.

Winner of two Golden Globes, four BAFTAs, and four Academy Awards, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon tells an epic story that is, according to the Evening Standard "a movie every man, woman and child on the face of the planet should see".
  • 'Unleashing the Dragons' - Making Of Documentary (18:52)
  • Interview With Michelle Yeoh (13:48)
  • Feature Length Commentary by Ang Lee (Director) and James Schamus (Co-Writer/Co-Producer)
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 Excellent Martial Arts Film

| | See all SteveAyres88's reviews (27)

I loved this film, saw it for the first time years ago and thought it was excellent.
Great cast and characters in this film, the storyline is really good and well written, with interesting plot twists etc.
You also get an in-depth feeling of old style, oritental China which I've always been a fan of, excellent film

 Kicking off the Western fascination with wuxia...

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Setting in motion the "martial art-house" trend among big-budget mainland Chinese productions, Ang Lee imbues 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' with an essential quality which most of its successors lack: sincerity. It's the heart of this film, most prominently in the unrequited love of the two leads (played by Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh) that compliments the exquisite costumes, stunning cinematography, beautiful locations and, of course, the balletic fight choreography (by Yuen Woo-Ping).

Where 'House Of Flying Daggers' and 'Hero' become swamped by the sheer artifice of the production, striking though both films are in different ways, with characters little more than cyphers, 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' is most effective because the audience cares so deeply about the characters. Chow Yun-Fat brings real depth to a rather tired master-swordsman role while Michelle Yeoh (who had to learn all her lines phonetically as a non-native Mandarin speaker) impresses in an understated performance as the romantic foil.

Zhang Ziyi, never better than here in her breakout role, addresses the coquettish nature of the recalcitrant youth with real aplomb and it could be argued that she's been playing shades of the same character ever since.

Ang Lee's direction is grandiose despite refreshingly never resorting to guignol, pulling all the components together to a lilting score from Tan Dun.

All in all, highly recommended!

 The start of a new era of martial arts films.

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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.


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I dont know how anyone can like this film i found it terribly boring and extremely cheesy. I meen you can see the strings holding the people up when they fly through the air. Just another typical japanese martial arts film. But i guess each to there own opinion


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This movie is simply wonderful! I have watched it several times already. It has strong depth, so it is not only swinging with swords. You need to think about it a lot and also it has interesting ending. I am recomending this movie to everyone.

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ActorsChow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Sihung Lung, Cheng Pei-Pei, Fazeng Li & Xian Gao
DirectorAng Lee
Certificate12 years or older
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesMandarin ; English (Dubbed) - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish ; Polish ; Czech ; Hungarian ; Turkish ; Hindi ; Hebrew ; Bulgarian ; Greek ; Arabic ; Portugese
Duration2 hours (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.