Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (15)
D: Ang Lee
Columbia Tristar/UCV/SPC/Good Machine/Edko/Zoom Hunt (Bill Kong, Hsu Li Kong & Ang Lee)
Taiwan/Hong Kong 🇹🇼 🇭🇰 2000
W: James Schamus, Wang Hui Lang & Tsai Kuo Jung [based on the novel "Wo Hu Cang Long" by Wang Du Lu]
DP: Peter Pau
Ed: Tim Squyres
Mus: Tan Dun
PD: Tim Yip
Cos: Tim Yip
Chow Yun Fat (Li Mu Bai), Michelle Yeoh (Yu Shu Lien), Zhang Ziyi (Jen Yu), Chang Chen (Lo), Siheng Lung (Ser Te), Chang Pei-Pei (Jade Fox)
An arthouse twist on the martial arts film, rejuvenating a genre which had been out of favour for nearly two decades.
There's even a little romance thrown in, not only between Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen's characters, but also Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeo's.
The story centres around the theft of a valuable sword and the owner's quest to regain possession of it, reigniting a war between himself and a cunning witch.
It's very beautifully photographed and the fight choreography is excellent, but it's made not to appeal to fans of martial arts movies but rather broaden the fan base for them films, which may leave some viewers short changed.
It's meticulous craft must be acknowledged, as well as the fact that this became one of the most successful foreign language films in cinema history.