Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: A Portrait of Ang Lee's Epic Flim

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"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is an epic love story and a thrilling action drama set against the breathtaking landscapes of ancient China, filmed entirely on location. The film was based on a five-volume Chinese novel by Wang Du Lu, which has never been translated into English, making this the only book available for audiences eager to learn more about the movie. The project was scripted by Wang Hui Ling (Eat Drink Man Woman), James Schamus (The Ice Storm), and Tsai Kuo Jung. Marking Ang Lee's first Chinese-language feature since 1994, the film ...
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Overview

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is an epic love story and a thrilling action drama set against the breathtaking landscapes of ancient China, filmed entirely on location. The film was based on a five-volume Chinese novel by Wang Du Lu, which has never been translated into English, making this the only book available for audiences eager to learn more about the movie. The project was scripted by Wang Hui Ling (Eat Drink Man Woman), James Schamus (The Ice Storm), and Tsai Kuo Jung. Marking Ang Lee's first Chinese-language feature since 1994, the film is punctuated by choreographed fight scenes and stunts masterminded by action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, who worked on The Matrix." "The book features the entire screenplay and storyline, illustrated with more than 90 full color photographs, many shot on location during production."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Newmarket's two distinct screenplay series, Pictorial Moviebook and Shooting Script, are to books what MGM technicolor musicals and hard-boiled film noirs are to movies; the former is lush with color and expansive distractions while the latter is stripped to a pure and austere form. From Taiwan, Lee's eagerly awaited stylistic treatment of an epic Chinese love story combined with fascinating martial arts action is rendered sumptuously in this giftbook-like presentation, which assembles 120 color photographs and illustrations, numerous sidebars, and interviews along with the complete screenplay. Recipient of both the Best Foreign Film and Best Director Golden Globe Awards this year, Lee's film has also been nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Film. Introductory essays by Lee, esteemed film critic Richard Corliss, and film scholar David Bordwell are included. This visually fetching work will attract readers independent of its cinematic interest. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-The heart of the book is the complete screenplay, in English, illustrated with stills from the film. The script is a valuable resource for anyone too dazzled by the images to keep up with the subtitles. In addition, there is a foreword by Ang Lee; an essay analyzing the film by Time magazine film critic Richard Corliss; an essay about wuxia pian, Chinese martial-art films; and numerous short pieces examining aspects of the film, such as weapons, working with fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, and the meaning of the title. There are ample quotes from the director and the stars, which provide personal perspectives on the movie. The book is rounded out by short biographies of the major production staff and complete credits. Crouching Tiger is a visual feast, a sumptuously designed book with gorgeous photos, rich color, and varied motifs. It is sure to appeal to fans of the film.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557044570
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,452,595
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

James Schamus is the CEO ofFocus Features as well as a Professorin Columbia University's School ofthe Arts, where he teaches film historyand theory. His script for The IceStorm (which Ang Lee directed) wonthe Best Screenplay Award at theCannes Film Festival.

Ang Lee won the Academy Award®for Best Director for BrokebackMountain and also received an Oscar®nomination for directing CrouchingTiger, Hidden Dragon (from the scriptby James Schamus).

Schamus and Lee have also collaboratedas writer and director onLust, Caution; Hulk; Ride with the Devil; Eat, Drink, Man,Woman; The Wedding Banquet; and Pushing Hands.

James Schamus is the CEO ofFocus Features as well as a Professorin Columbia University's School ofthe Arts, where he teaches film historyand theory. His script for The IceStorm (which Ang Lee directed) wonthe Best Screenplay Award at theCannes Film Festival.

Ang Lee won the Academy Award®for Best Director for BrokebackMountain and also received an Oscar®nomination for directing CrouchingTiger, Hidden Dragon (from the scriptby James Schamus).

Schamus and Lee have also collaboratedas writer and director onLust, Caution; Hulk; Ride with the Devil; Eat, Drink, Man,Woman; The Wedding Banquet; and Pushing Hands.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Martial Masterpiece 8
Hong Kong Martial Arts Cinema 14
The Illustrated Screenplay 23
Biographies: About the Filmmakers 140
Credits 143
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    Great book, Great movie

    An excellent companion for the people who loved the movie. Filled with great photos and extra information about this incredible movie.

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