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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years or older

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  Not awful, not magical, just...okay.

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Everyone on here seems to be giving this 5 stars - i can't figure this out. perhaps they are just really into the genre, the actors, fanboys - i'm not sure? Considering all the hype surrounding this film - its a bit of a let down. its not the best film you will ever see, its not even the best martial arts film you will ever see. just when you start to get "lost" in the film you'll see people fly all over the place (on wires obviously) and lets just say - its not realistic at all, you see weapons that look like they're made out of plastic etc. basically lots of little things that start to play on you reminding you its only a film and drags you straight back into your living room, to reality, thinking....mmm that was a bit tacky. (and the dubbing doesn't help) don't get me wrong, it's not a bad movie, its quiet watchable actually, but 5 stars?? not a chance. i couldn't even give it 5 stars for the storyline that the other reviews seem to be ranting about. its good, just not THAT good. As i said through all the hype (including reviews on here) i expected to be blown away by this, and i wasn't, at all. Overrated.


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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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Ang Lee made his name in the West with this flying swordsmen epic, managing to win 4 Oscars and get nominated for another 6, including Best Picture. A hysteria was created about the diminuitive Taiwanese director who had substance to match his enormous style and ushered in an era of copycat martial arts movies.
The one that renewed the craze is a mixed bag. Dramatic stories never translate well into the West, too dissimilar are the cultural habits and myths. The central character of Jen comes across as very unlikeable and hardly worthy of our sympathy. Likewise, the focus and tone shift uncomfortably between Jen and Li Mu Bai and Shu Lien. The various subplots mostly fall flat and there's a sense of overlength; this isn't Lee's fault in particular, as period romance sits awkwardly with floral, balletic action in the first place.
Of course, this is the film's big sell. Heralding a new useage of wire stunts, the fights are incredibly thrilling and graceful, if implausible. It all looks gorgeous with cinematographer Peter Pau fully deserving his Oscar win. And, suprisingly, a little dramatic weight is pulled by Chow Yun Fat's understated, quietly powerful performance.
A fantastic roller-coasting treat, just one not to be taken too seriously.

  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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  Excellent Martial Arts Film

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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

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  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!

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