Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Blu-ray)
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Ang Lee directs this martial arts action adventure starring Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh. Master warriors Li Mu Bai and Yu Shu Lien (Yun-Fat and Yeoh) are tasked with the mission of retrieving the stolen Green Destiny sword. When they discover a mysterious black-clad thief whose martial arts expertise outshines even that of Shu Lien herself, the pair realise they have a fight on their hands if they are to deliver the sword to its rightful place. The film won four Academy Awards for Best Art Direction (Tim Yip), Best Cinematography (Peter Pau), Best Original Score (Tan Dun), and Best Foreign Language Film.
- Movies & TV
- 10 Oct 2016
- Foreign Language
- Region ABC
- Mandarin, English
- Secondary Languages
- Czech, Hungarian, Polish VO, Russian VO
- English SDH
- Subtitle 2
- Subtitle 3
- Sound Format
- 5.1 DTS MA
- Aspect Ratio
- Sony Pictures Home Ent.
- Interactive Menus
- Bonus Footage
- Deleted Scenes
- Commentary: Audio commentary with Ang Lee and James Schamus; Audio commentary with Peter Pau
- A retrospective with Ang Lee, James Schamus and Tim Squyres
- The Making Of
- A Love Before Time - Music Videos
- Making Of Documentary
- Other Documentary: ''Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon': A Retrospective With Ang
- 120 min
- Age Restriction
- Supply Source
- Release Year
- Running Time
- 120 min
- Alternate Title
- Ngor Fu Chong Lung, Wo Hu Cang Long
- Foreign Films / Chinese/Mandarin / Action / China / Epic / Love Story / Martial Arts / Mountains / Romance / Theatrical Release
- Official Website
- Rotten Tomatoes®
- Known for making films about familial relationships, director Ang Lee surprised everyone with his martial arts epic CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. Based on a novel by Wang Du Lu, CROUCHING TIGER starts with the revenge plot common in the wuxia stories that Lee loved as a child, then adds a feminist twist. Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) is a legendary martial artist who has decided to pass on his sword, the Green Destiny, to a friend. Soon afterward, the sword is stolen by a masked female, setting in motion events that test the bonds of family, love, duty, and sisterhood. Chow appears with three generations of female stars: Cheng Pei Pei, a 1960s action heroine; Michelle Yeoh, the beauty queen turned 1980s action goddess; and newcomer Zhang Ziyi, who smolders as the princess who wants more than domestic tranquillity. Famed action choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping (THE MATRIX) stages jaw-dropping zero-G fights across rooftops, rivers, and bamboo trees, while Yo-Yo Ma punctuates the fisticuffs with dramatic cello solos. Described by Lee as "SENSE AND SENSIBILITY with martial arts," CROUCHING TIGER recalls the best wuxia films of the 1960s and pushes the genre in new directions.
- Theatrical release: December 8, 2000.
Filmed on location in the Gobi Desert, Taklamakan Plateau, Urumchi, the Bamboo Forest in Anji, and Cheng De, with the permission of the Chinese government.
Estimated budget: $15 million.
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON grossed more in its opening weekend in North America than any previous foreign film--more than $660,000, in a limited release, and in February 2001 became the highest-grossing foreign film in U.S. history as it soared past the $80 million mark. As of mid-April its total was nearly $120 million.
Out of the 100 days of shooting, 80 were devoted to the fight scenes. The action sequences comprise 30 minutes of the 119-minute film.
On his reason for making this film, Lee told the New York Daily News, "I'd always known I wanted to do martial arts. It was a boyhood fantasy. But the book [on which the film is based] had other ingredients I felt were very unusual for Chinese drama. It had strong female characters. It's an emotional tour. And it also had abundant insight into the old, classic Chinese society, which was very important to me."
The actors speak Mandarin Chinese to keep the film as authentic as possible. Only one of the principal cast members--Zhang Ziyi--knew the mainland Mandarin dialect in which the script is written; not even Lee is fluent in the dialect, which is associated with a golden age of wuxia films. In an interview for the Asian edition of Time magazine, Yeoh said, "I don't think I studied this hard even for exams. Every single word needs the right intonation. I'd deliver a sixteen-line speech, get one word slightly wrong, and Ang would say, 'Let's do it all again.' I'd say, 'Can't we just do the one word again?' 'No, let's do it all.' So many times I thought, 'I'm so stupid, I'm so stupid, why are you using me?' But it builds character."
Among the most important jobs on the film was the wire removal specialist, who was responsible for eliminating all the wires from the film negative to make it appear that the actors were actually floating and flying through the fight scenes.
Lee originally wanted Shu Qi to play Jen. Lee had to ask Zhang Ziyi's acting school for permission to use her. Lee also originally wanted Jet Li to play Li Mu Bai. After Chow took on the role, the part's action sequences were downplayed and Li's romance with Yu was emphasized. Chow had never appeared in a swordplay movie before. When Chow flew into Beijing for filming, customs was shut down for 45 minutes because the officials wanted his autograph.
The five-part novel on which the film was based was written before World War II. Because mainland books had been banned in Taiwan, Lee did not read the novel until 1994. After he read the series, he knew he wanted to adapt the books into a film but had to wait until he made three more films before he got the green light. Most of the film is based on book four of the series, which is also called CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. Jen's character is roughly the same, while Li was from book two of the series. Lee invented the character of Yu Shu Lien.
Screenwriter James Schamus, who does not know Chinese, did not read the novel by Wang; instead, Lee provided him with a summary of the events he wanted to portray. Schamus wrote the script in English, which was then translated into Chinese. The script was translated into English and Chinese several more times as revisions were made. Schamus's coscreenwriters, Tsai Kuo-jung and Wang Hui-ling, helped make the dialogue more culturally relevant. Lines such as "I love you" were transformed into the much more culturally specific "I would rather be a ghost, drifting by your side." In an interview that appears with the screenplay for the film, Schamus said, "The Chinese embedded in every word of this movie has layers and layers of culture and meanings. They simply don't exist to a Western ear. It is one of the truly delicious ironies of this movie that although I cowrote it, I'll never fully understand all of its meanings."
- Cast & Crew
- Ang Lee
- Chang Chen / Pei Pei Cheng / Xian Gao / Yan Hai / Fa Zeng Li / Li Li / Sihung Lung / Deming Wang / Michelle Yeoh / Chow Yun Fat / Ziyi Zhang
- Source Writer
- Wang Du Lu
- Tan Dun
- Director of Photography
- Peter Pau
- Tim Squyres
- Production Designer
- Tim Yip
- Costume Designer
- Tim Yip
- Music Performer
- Yo-Yo Ma
- Fight Choreographer
- Yuen Woo-ping
- Movie Critics
- Chicago Sun-Times
- "...Exhilarating....Ang Lee stages magnificent action sequences..."— Roger Ebert (4 Feb 2001, p.5)
- Los Angeles Times
- "...A delightful one-of-a-kind martial arts romance where astounding fight sequences alternate with passionate yet idealistic love duets..."— Kenneth Turan (15 Dec 2000, p.C1)
- Movieline's Hollywood Life
- "...A triumph....CROUCHING TIGER envelops you in its exotic universe..."— Stephen Farber (1 Dec 2000, pp.36-38)
- New York Times
- "...The picture is more fun than it has a right to be....Mr. Lee puts things together artfully and stages this movie like a comedy of manners; it could be SENSE AND SENSIBILITY with a body count....It's an epic that breaks the laws of gravity."— Elvis Mitchell (8 Dec 2000, p.E16)
- Sight and Sound
- "....Always entertaining and exhilarating....CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON is most notable for going beyond genre norms..."— Tony Rayns (1 Jan 2001, p.45-6)
- Total Film
- "...CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON defies pigeon-holing by succeeding as a love story, an action movie and a fantasy....The best acted, best shot and most exciting film of the year..." -- 5 out of 5 stars— Cam Winstanley (1 Feb 2001, p.78)
- USA Today
- "...This Cannes/New York Film Festival favorite has it all, starting with three towering central characters....[Ang Lee's film] offers melodically choreographed action scenes by THE MATRIX's Yuen Wo-Ping, Oscar-caliber photography by Peter Pau and the pleasure of seeing [Chow Yun Fat] in his most appealing performance yet..." -- 4 out of 4 stars— Mike Clark (8 Dec 2000, p.1E)