There is something hypnotic about its juxtaposition of sublime craftsmanship and pulpy cheesiness. A lot of what goes on in them has a lot of cultural relevance and wouldn't be readily understood by certain people who have Western sensibilities. None of them left my jaw on the floor every time the swords clash. Synopsis In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his friend to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. It really is mediocre, considering the budget and the target genre. What Ang Lee has done with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is create pure art from the basic elements of a genre mostly accepted as meaningless junk.
Steeped in the tradition of Wuxia, and fully celebratory of its genre's over-the-top conventions, Ang Lee's 2000 masterwork plays perfectly as an action-packed and rousing martial arts movie. The scenery is not just pretty, it is otherworldly in its beauty. At the same time, look at acupuncture. There is a good deal of talky time spent discussing the plot of a stolen sword and a mysterious Jade Fox character, as well as a long flashback that apparently does little to forward the plot. The only character I found believable and worth of sympathy was Shu Lien, and she was underdeveloped and often left out. Mind that if the latter is done properly, it can yield great results. It is a remarkable feat of storytelling from scriptwriters Hui-Ling Wang, James Schamus and Kuo Jung Tsai.
The action in Crouching Tiger sings like nothing I've ever seen before. Any way you look at it, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is magical. Hong Kong and Taiwan have for a couple of decades produced a lot of television shows that portray these stories, but they're mostly pretty cheesy like American soap operas. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is an extraordinary piece of film. I've seen a lot of great action movies.
The movie very subtly builds its themes and endears us to its characters. So when I say I'm very disappointed by 'Crouching tiger,hidden Dragon' it's not out of prejudice, or for it being unfamiliar with my usual choices. In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his friend to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. This is one of the great art house films ever made and also one of the great action spectaculars. In Jen's journey of self discovery, Li's philosophical meditation, and Yu Shu's liberating romance, the course is set for a sweeping, large-scale adventure.
Perhaps the most remarkable of Crouching Tiger's many remarkable elements are its martial arts action scenes. The story of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one that snuck up on me emotionally. Scenes follow each other without a real plot. The production values in Crouching Tiger are lightyears beyond its drive-in schlock cousins. It's the first film to expose a lot Americans to this facet of Chinese mythology, and I hope it's not the last.
The emotions are relatively understated for the first two-thirds of the movie, so when the character resolutions finally hit, they feel like body blows. If story and action weren't enough, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon also excels in each and every one of the technical departments. Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh deliver the finest work of their careers here as lifelong friends and repressed lovers, and Zhang Ziyi is enchanting in the role that turned her into a Chinese sensation overnight. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level. Under Ang Lee's direction, Peter Pau's photography and Yeun Woo-Ping's sensational fight choreography are given an elegant, mystical energy. The beginning hints some good backstory, which soon turns out absurd and very weak. Character development also is absent.
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen as Wo-Ping Yuen Writers: John Fusco screenplay , Du Lu Wang book Stars: Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum Jr. I've no problems with foreign movies, as long as I can understand them or can find a decently subtitled edit I watch them eagerly. I came to the obvious conclusion there must be something utterly boring about this film that makes me not give a rat´s ass about any character or any of their affected dialogues. Crouching Tiger is beyond beautiful to look at. The characters and story are not just interesting, they are inspirational. What people who aren't Chinese and who don't know much about Chinese culture fail to understand, is that the warrior mythology portrayed in films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero has its roots in a particular genre of fiction that has been around much longer than television or film.
Hades Dai, an underground warlord, sends his lieutenants to steal the sword , with plans to dominate the martial world. What's more is that it is also a stirring emotional experience. The action is not just exciting, it is endlessly and exquisitely creative. . I'm not sure if anyone has ever tried.
They couldn't do a damn thing. Crouching Tiger mines from its pulp heritage, a type of metaphysical artistry. Decide: kung fu movie, or poetry. Fights are good, but as many say, nothing special considering other movies of the same era or older. I suppose the concept probably does seem ridiculous to foreigners.