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Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee took a break from making Western period dramas to fashion this wild and woolly martial arts spectacular featuring special effects and action sequences courtesy of the choreographer of The Matrix 1999, Yuen Woo Ping. In the early 19th century, martial arts master Li Mu Bai Chow Yun-Fat is about to retire and enter a life of meditation, though he quietly longs to avenge the death of his master, who was killed by Jade Fox Cheng Pei-pei. He gives his sword, a fabled 400-year-old weapon known as Green Destiny, to his friend, fellow martial arts wizard and secret love Yu Shu Lien Michelle Yeoh, so that she may deliver it to Sir Te Sihung Lung. Upon arrival in Peking, Yu happens upon Jen Zhang Ziyi, a vivacious, willful politician's daughter. That night, a mysterious masked thief swipes Green Destiny, with Yu in hot pursuit -- resulting in the first of several martial arts action set pieces during the film. Li arrives in Beijing and eventually discovers that Jen is not only the masked thief but is also in cahoots with the evil Jade. In spite of this, Li sees great talent in Jen as a fighter and offers to school her in the finer points of martial arts and selflessness, an offer that Jen promptly rebukes. This film was first screened to much acclaim at the 2000 Cannes, Toronto, and New York film festivals and became a favorite when Academy Awards nominations were announced in 2001: Tiger snagged ten nods and later secured four wins for Best Cinematography, Score, Art Direction, and Foreign Language Film.
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A hypnotically fascinating hybrid produced by crossing martial-arts adventure with fairy-tale romance, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon quickly became the most successful foreign film ever released in the U.S. Chow Yun-Fat, an international superstar whose English-language films include Anna and the King, portrays a Chinese warrior who retires from a life of violence and relinquishes custody of his fabled sword, the magnificent Green Destiny. Hong Kong action star and erstwhile Bond girl Michelle Yeoh plays the longtime friend and admirer whose father is entrusted with the sword. A thrill-seeking young aristocrat Zhang Ziyi, working with an evil mentor whom Chow once swore to kill, steals the sword -- and the chase is on. The characters square off in a series of exhilarating, occasionally dreamlike confrontations -- including a particularly memorable scene that unfolds amid windblown treetops -- staged with split-second precision and choreographic grace. As directed by Ang Lee The Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger assumes multiple aspects; it offers two contrasting love stories that are at various points wistful, soaring, melancholy, and profoundly spiritual. It is, in every way, an impeccably executed film that refuses to be confined by formula and therefore delights on many levels.
All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Billed as Sense and Sensibility with kung fu, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one of the wildest and most entertaining films to come down the pike in a long, long time. Ang Lee manages to spin stunning martial arts set pieces around a compelling and believable coming-of-age story. From Seven Samurai to the The Terminator, the key to a really good action movie is not the size of the gun or the variety of objects exploded, but the depth of characters; in Crouching Tiger, the players are given the same fine shading that Lee lent to The Ice Storm and other intimate character pieces. International superstars Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh give perhaps the best performances of their careers as a couple bonded by the perils of war and an intense, yet unfulfilled, love. Despite the magnitude of their star power, Chow and Yeoh are all but upstaged by Zhang Ziyi as the impetuous Jen Yu. Gorgeous, graceful, and possessing a near-lethal high kick, she dominates the film. In one show-stopping sequence, this lithe young lass cleans the floor with a room full of thick-necked guys toting blunt weapons. In another she almost takes out a band of Mongol marauders in a wild Gobi Desert melee. There she meets and eventually falls in love with bandit king Lo (Chang Chen). Lee deftly structures much of the film like a Shakespearean romantic comedy -- the fiery passion of Jen and Lo are contrasted with the quieter, deeper love of Li and Shu Lien. The fervid romance of the young couple makes the sense of loss and repression in the older duo all the more poignant. The action is startlingly fresh: Drawn from conventions in popular Chinese Wuxia kung fu literature, the heroes are such masters of martial arts that they literally, and quite believably, fly. The first confrontation between Yeoh and Zhang -- a dizzying chase over the tiled roofs of a rich man's estate, in which the two adversaries literally bounce off the walls and sail over buildings -- simply has to be seen to be believed. Romantic, haunting, and sublimely entertaining, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon should not be missed.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is the most exhilarating martial arts movie I have seen.... But like all ambitious movies, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" transcends its origins and becomes one of a kind. It's glorious, unashamed escapism and surprisingly touching at the same time.
Boston Globe - Jay Carr
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a magical dream of a martial arts epic. It surpasses any you've ever seen.

Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is the most exhilarating martial arts movie I have seen.... But like all ambitious movies, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" transcends its origins and becomes one of a kind. It's glorious, unashamed escapism and surprisingly touching at the same time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2001
  • UPC: 043396041608
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chow Yun-Fat Li Mu Bai
Michelle Yeoh Yui Hsui Lien
Ziyi Zhang Jen
Chang Chen Lo
Sihung Lung Sir Te
Cheng Pei-Pei Jade Fox
Technical Credits
Ang Lee Director, Producer
Jorge Calandrelli Songwriter
Tiger Chen Stunts
Tan Dun Score Composer
Eugene Gearty Sound Editor
Wang Hui-Ling Screenwriter
Bill Kong Producer
Tsai Kuo-Jung Screenwriter
Philip Lee Associate Producer
Hsu Li-kong Producer
David Linde Executive Producer
Peter Pau Cinematographer
Dong Ping Co-producer
Chui Po-chu Associate Producer
Zheng Quangang Co-producer
James Schamus Songwriter, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Tim Squyres Editor
Tim Yip Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    When I saw this movie I was a little confused because the girl w

    When I saw this movie I was a little confused because the girl was going anywhere then she tries to avoid somebody and fighting them for just one sword like what.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Above and beyond...

    When I saw this movie, I thought it was quite overall the best movie I had ever seen. The acting, editing, cinematography, the screenplay, the action, costumes - it had excellence in every element of the film's making. Although the alternate English speaking overdub version is well done - you must watch it with the original language and the English subtitles. It is overwhelmingly poetic... Even with it's highest praise, I believe this film is still much underrated. Several people I know could not get past the characters 'flying'. 'Unrealistic', they would say. But yet these same people loved Spiderman, Superman, X-men, Star Wars... Watch this movie with an open mind, with someone you love, and in a quiet, uninterrupted environment. You will experience something very special and lasting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Crouching Oscar, Hidden Failure

    The only thing distinguishing this film from your average 'D' quality Hong Kong kung-fu film is the state-of-the-art cinemtography and slightly above average directing. Apart from that, the screenplay is whimsical, the acting dull and shallow, and the script is inundated with those generic Confucian/Dow Chinese proverbs already extensively overused back in the 70's 'Kung-Fu' series with David Caradine. Yes, Chinese kung-fu cinema often has the characters floating in the air or doing other motions that defy the laws of physics: this reflects their notion of how the channeling of chi through mental and physical concentration can overcome natural laws. Although I'm not disturbed with such reality gaps in film, I don't see why it would be worth of an Oscar or the amount of praise it received. The screenplay presents a story that is just as absurd as the one for Rambo II where Rambo bravely defeats an entire entire North Vietnamese regiment using just a knife. Rambo II wasn't Oscar material and wouldn't have been Oscar material even if it had a better script, an added love story and enhanced cinematography: Why? Because the story line is generic and unimaginative. The same goes for Crouching Tiger: the story is essentially no different than every other generic kung-fu film coming out of Hong Kong. This is not to say that there aren't any good films coming out of China but, kung-fu films are essentially the Chinese equivalent of our Shwarzenneger or Stallone films. Have either of the latter actors or their action films won Oscars? No. So why should Crouching Tiger: just because it's foreign? Check out 'Red Firecraker, Green Firecracker' or 'Farewell My Concubine' for good Chinese drama, not this overhyped and revamped generic kung-fu fiasco. If you want to see really good kung-fu films, check out all of the Jet Li films instead of this pretentious farce.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2004

    Astounding. Refined duels like a ballet.

    We were overcome by the beauty of the sentiments emanating from the faces of the actors.The fantastic sword-play was more of a ballet than a fight. Little blood was spilled and death was noble rather than gruesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome

    it is a mile a minute thrill movie. for people of all creeds. chow is amazing and zhang is extraordinary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Amazing

    This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The choreography is amazing and the story that goes with it is one of the best of all time. The charecters are played wonderfully in every seen and I cannot find a single flaw in the entire film. An instant classic that deserves to be recognized as one of the greatest films of all time. Highly recommended to everyone, even if you don't like having sub titles you will love this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Michelle is abe to sprinter from wall & roof ....

    The casts in this film have produces the best chemistry reaction. Chow Yun-Fatt (in his mid 40) have obviuosly put on weight, but his stunt in the movie is still remarkable. Michelle Yeoh is a best heroine in the martial arts film. Zhang Zhi-yi is the best new-comer I have ever seen on the movie industry. Zhang Zhen have superb performances as a new-comer too. The other supporting casts have also did their roles above expectation too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Imagination comes alive

    You cannot deny the Hollywood flavor in this film, however, it still presents wonderfully the Chinese perspective of the world, human relation and humanity. In addition, the cinematography is superb. Ang Lee tells a dreamy tale of romance through an intertwined relationship between the two generations. No one should miss this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant Film

    Ang Lee did an amazing job on this film. The actors had such a great chemistry with each other which made for me the most remarkable film of 2000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hey cool but unrealistic

    this is a great movie butit is xxxxx for all i care about heyy avery one should watchit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    easy the best film i have ever seen

    this is easy the best film i have ever seen.chow yun fat,miccelle yeoh,and zhang ziyi were great(they should of got nominated for academy awards.i love every aspect and element of this film.the acting is great,the directing is fantastic.you,d be stupid not to buy this film

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Doesn't Get Any Better

    One of the very best movies I have ever seen. Zhang Ziyi has a screen presence that is hypnotic. Michelle Yeoh is simply the best. The Cinematography is beautiful, the Musical score is incredible, and the Movie is pure magic. I can not think of a better movie to own on DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL !!!!!

    It's hard to put into words how beautifully filmed this movie is. It's grace and power blend perfectly, like a dance. The original soundtrack (in Chinese with English subtitles) is so much better than a dubbed one. I would definitely recommend this movie 100% !!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's a fantastic, but the ''flying scene'' sometimes need to be more natural

    Totally, the film is fantastic, I like it a lot !! A little thing that disturbs me is that the ''flying scene'' sometimes need to be more natural/realistic (the speed when the actor hit the ground and the speed when he/she start to fly - don't have increasing speed/decreasing speed according to gravity law). I've ever seen a lot of martial arts film before. It's true they are more natural in ''flying scene'', but they didn't show the detail. Crouching tiger shows the detail, with the consequency, some unrealistic part was uncovered. I think, it's the best thing that can be achieved without using computer manipulation. I love natural movies !! Whatever it is, it's a perfect action movie !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This film rocks. Period.

    Ok, so there may have been some flaws in subtitling. They may have gone too far with the flying stunts. They may have done some other things that did not impress every single critic in the world. But there will always be naysayers, and I say about this film, let them say ''nay''--just ignore them. Then watch the film (preferably in theaters) and be transported, amazed, glued to the screen from start to finish. Great costuming, just the right amount of silliness, humor, romance, and plenty of enjoyable violence make this a film no one should miss. Kudos to Ang Lee, especially for having a range of talent in film-making that allowed him to direct The Ice Storm AND a film like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Film

    Great film, making the typical Hollywood action scenes seem pityful, as this made martail arts seem graceful and as beautiful as nature itself. Decent plot, but great acting, the film was moving for reasons very off the typical film charts. What the hell am I talking about? Anyway, it was a great movie, and I really suggest seeing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Read between the lines and this can change you

    On one level this is a simple story about love, courage, honor and hope. On a whole other level, the film is evolutionary: it takes us to a new level. It takes as its subject the struggle of four central characters, but what is crucial about this film is the subtheme of the limits and the will of nature, and the dance of human beings with and against this. These characters fly, they move with things, they vie with things. But more important, below the surface, they are joining with things --- allowing things to flow through them, be touched by things. Anyone who has wondered about the space and the depth of Eastern philosophy will see with their own eyes the nature of the Tao in the scene where they vie in the trees. This scene is timeless. And anyone who believes that fighting is about attack will have to think again as Jen and Sui Lein spar off. A beautiful, beautiful film of fantasy and reality intermingled. Who knows, indeed, what these hands can do? Who knows what we might actually be, or could be? A beautiful odyssey set across beautiful landscapes, with humour and depth, and wonderful acting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something to see!!!!

    This is a wonderful movie. I have not seen the DVD yet but in the theater the thrill of this move was unbelievable. Defiantly in my top three movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best

    I've seen this movie twice. It is a magnificent work. Even without the special effects this is a great film with superb storytelling, great passion and sweeping scenery. It also has lessons about the brevity of life, truthfulness to self, love and honor. Having seen all but one of the 5 nominees for Best Picture this was by far my choice for Movie of the Year in any language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not For A Second

    This movie was absoloutly incredible! I couldn't take my eyes of the screen for one second.

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