Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Ang Lee

Wo hu cang long (original title)

Summary:  Master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-fat) is one of the greatest warriors the Qing dynasty has ever seen.  Yet he vows to give up his former life as a swordsman and turns in his legendary sword, the Green Destiny, after his master was sadly killed.  He asks Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) as a favour to transport his sword to Beijing, where she must give it as a gift to their old friend Sir Te (Sihung Lung).  But it is while Shu Lien stays at Sir Te’s estate that the Green Destiny is stolen, causing both Shu Lien and Mu Bai to pursue the thief and throws them back into their fighting lives.  Only the chase in retrieving the sword is not so simple as the warrior pair soon discover and come face-to-face with the killer of Mu Bai’s master, and her accomplice.

My Review:  After watching Ip Man (2008), I wasn’t sure if it was a fluke that I enjoyed a kung fu movie as much as I did.  But Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has surprised me once again! I really liked it and found it very entertaining and no, there’s no sarcasm to detect here!  I actually really liked the the choreography of the fight scenes, that some find hard to believe (especially the fight scene in the trees) and found the connecting storylines worked well, with little cheesiness.  Perhaps it was the $17 million budget pumped behind it that made it more accessible to a western audience with an appetite for big budget movies.  But to me, it still had that mythical kung fu sheen that drew me in.

My Rating: 2.5/5

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