Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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Synopsis:
Named "Best Picture of the Year" by over 100 critics nationwide! Two master warriors (Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh) are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword isstolen. A young aristocrat (Zhang Ziyi) prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her deeply romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face to face with their worst enemy - and the inescapable, enduring power of love. Set against 19th-century China's breathtaking landscape, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON is the action-packed, box office smash from acclaimed director Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm) featuring stunning martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix).

Genre: Foreign Films
Director: Theatrical Release: 1999
Rated: PG-13 (MPAA)
Length: 120 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray Disc
Language: Chinese

Synopsis:
Named "Best Picture of the Year" by over 100 critics nationwide! Two master warriors (Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh) are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword isstolen. A young aristocrat (Zhang Ziyi) prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her deeply romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face to face with their worst enemy - and the inescapable, enduring power of love. Set against 19th-century China's breathtaking landscape, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON is the action-packed, box office smash from acclaimed director Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm) featuring stunning martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix).

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.;

Language Usage   Original
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   N
Letterboxed   N
Rating Reason   Martial arts violence and some sexuality
Yo-Yo Ma - World-renowned cellist
Sihung Lung - Actor/"Wedding Banquet"
Michelle Yeoh - Hong Kong actress
Peter Pau - Hong Kong Director of Photography, CROUCHING TIGER (2000)
Li Li -
James Schamus -
James Schamus -
Tim Squyres - Editor, THE HULK (2003)
Tan Dun - Hong Kong Film Composer, CROUCHING TIGER (2000)
Pei Pei Cheng - Hong Kong actor, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Fa Zeng Li - Hong Kong actor, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Xian Gao - Hong Kong actor, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Yan Hai - Hong Kong actor, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Deming Wang - Hong Kong actor, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Hui Ling Wang - screenwriter, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Kuo Jung Tsai - Screenwriter, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Wang Du Lu - source writer, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Bill Kong - producer, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Li Kong Hsu - Producer, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
David Linde - executive producer, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Tim Yip - production design and costumes, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAG
Tim Yip - production design and costumes, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAG
New York Times
12/08/2000
"...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."
USA Today
12/08/2000
"...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
Movieline's Hollywood Life
12/01/2000
"...A triumph....CROUCHING TIGER envelops you in its exotic universe..."
Sight and Sound
01/01/2001
"....Always entertaining and exhilarating....CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON is most notable for going beyond genre norms..."
Total Film
02/01/2001
"...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
Los Angeles Times
12/15/2000
"...A delightful one-of-a-kind martial arts romance where astounding fight sequences alternate with passionate yet idealistic love duets..."
Chicago Sun-Times
02/04/2001
"...Exhilarating....Ang Lee stages magnificent action sequences..."
Academy Awards Best Cinematography Winner 2000
Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film Winner 2000
Academy Awards Best Original Score Winner 2000

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