An epic set against the breathtaking landscapes of ancient China, 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' combines the exhilarating martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo-Ping (The Matrix) with the sensitivity and classical storytelling of an Ang Lee film. The result is something truly unexpected: romantic, emotionally powerful entertainment.
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Audio Commentary from director Ang Lee and co-writer James Schamus
BRAVO Making-Of Special: 'Unleashing The Dragon'
Featurette: A Conversation with Michelle Yeoh
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Kicking off the fascination with wuxia in the West...
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 09/05/2007 16:41:26
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!
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: hinochi on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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