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4.0 out of 5 stars It's no Yimou Zhang., 7 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon [Blu-ray] [2000] (Blu-ray)
This movie is way over rated. It's story pales in comparison to House of Flying Daggers and it's visuals pale in comparison to Hero. I mean the acting in this movie is good and Yeoh is great, but the bandit is pretty cringe worthy, so it sort of balances out. And although the cinematography is nice, I thought it looked quite plain a lot of the time, which is quite unusual for me actually, because I really like the Chinese landscape (although admittedly the arid Manchuria settings not so much).

I think, really, this movie's biggest asset is it's outstanding choreography. it really is exceptional. Even compared to the two other movies I mentioned, which are superior, the choreography of Crouching Tiger trumps them.
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Initial post: 1 May 2012 11:06:23 BDT
varsas says:
You realise that this film pre-dates both of your examples and is the reason the other two came into existence?

Although I agree that both of Zhang Yimou's films are visually more stunning I feel that they lack the heart of CTHD where the central relationship of Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh's characters is more compelling.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2012 11:27:25 BDT
Jack says:
I do indeed know that Crouching Tiger predates the other two films I mentioned, and that Yimou Zhang has Crouching Tiger to thank for the funding he received.

However! I just can't agree with you about the heart being absent in his pieces. In Hero, the power of the sacrifice of all the characters is overwhelming. In Flying Daggers, the doomed romance is awfully sad. I think it has a lot to do with tone. Yimou Zhang's films are more like visual poems, in my opinion. They say something very simple, with a very basic story, in as powerful a way as possible. Crouching Tiger on the other hand really wanted to build the characters, add a little slapstick humour here and there, really drive the story forward. It never hit me as hard as Yimou Zhang's work.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 22:16:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Nov 2012 22:20:22 GMT
Well did the other two win best foreign film oscar plus 3 others and numerous other international awards?
Just your humble opinion then....

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 22:19:08 GMT
Jack says:
Of course it's just my opinion, and if you seriously think Oscars are a reliable measure of cinematic quality I suggest you have a look at previous winners and losers and the non-nominated.
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