"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
Directed by Ang Lee
An Oscar-winner for Best
Foreign Language Film and the highest-grossing foreign language film in U.S.
history, Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is both an homage
to Hong Kong martial arts fantasies and a major reworking of the genre. Like
Wong Kar-wai's Ashes of Time, it combines exciting fight sequences
with a philosophical, character-driven story that is unusually somber for a
martial arts film. Hong Kong superstars Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh play
veteran warriors out to recover a magical sword from a mysterious newcomer
(Zhang Zi Yi), while also fighting off old foe Jade Fox. With the aid of
renowned director and action choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping, Lee presents
wall-climbing and flying sequences in a truly elegant fashion. Tan Dun's
Oscar-winning musical score features cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma. Mandarin
with English subtitles. Taiwan. 120 minutes.