Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long, Taiwan-Hong Kong-USA-China, 2000)

Introducing wuxia

Introducing wuxia

This film was first foreign language film to break $100m at the North American box office suggesting that if brilliantly fulfilled its purpose: introduce western audience to wuxia – roughly ‘martial arts’. Eastern audiences found it slow and so do I now, but in 2001 I greatly enjoyed the choreography of the fight sequences and the romantic sweep of the narrative. Maybe the film has also been superseded by Zhang Yimou’s stunning films Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004).

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2 Responses

  1. I think Ang Lee did a solid job with this film. The cast was excellent, as were the story and action sequences.

    Although Zhang Yimou has a brilliant eye for visuals, I think he needs to direct a film with a strong script. I was underwhelmed with Hero from a story-telling perspective, and thought that Curse of the Golden Flower, despite its amazing production values, was an over-bloated flop.

    Beautiful cinematography and art direction will never, in my opinion, make up for a weak story.

  2. […] of grief and cultural difference. We are introduced to Junn (Cheng Pei Pei, who played Jade Fox in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), an elderly Chinese woman, although she’s lived in England for many years she […]

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