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on 21 June 2017
Love it. Love it. Romantic and action packed but blended with mystical martial arts and some humour.
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on 13 July 2017
Lovely film - great special effects
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on 27 August 2017
Epic film. Truly astounding.
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on 7 August 2017
Good price and delivered on time.
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on 17 April 2016
An Asian historical martial arts/ action film.

Positives, - The music, costumes, set design all deserve praise, the action sequences are fast and slick. The DVD features a choice of Chinese or English language. The film clocks in at a comfortable 2 hours.

On the negative side the colours on the DVD are rather pasty, maybe this was the original intention of the cinematographer or maybe not.
Some the action too would probably work better in a cartoon than a live action film, a character at one point is frozen after being hit, yes that's right frozen, it comes off as very comical. Just about all the main characters are experts at fighting with little background introduction stating why this is. Also the worst offense in the film is characters flying around, again without explanation, at least the Matrix had an internal logic about why the laws of physics could be broken, this doesn't. It also looks rather bad, no better than the Angel scenes in Chaplin's the Kid, filmed about 100 years before this.

Much of the action is also a bit pointless, and the editing in the desert scene again was comical, also the fighting on horses wasn't very well filmed either, with the camera too far from the action.
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on 3 April 2006
Quite the perfect film ... So many elements combine to keep the viewer mesmerized. The exotic scenery of ancient Chinese cultural life hook the imagination. The forces of good and evil battle directly in society and within the souls of the characters. There are underlying esoteric elements which make the story mysterious and provide for surprises and unexpected but deeply satisfying viewing moments from beginning to end. The yin-yang conflicts between various characters provide the romantic see-saw that captures the reader's interest. A highly regarded warrior who defends against evil has reached a point in his life where he relinquishes his famous and feared sword, "The Green Destiny" to discover and explore deeper aspects of himself and life ... At some point, he had gone into a deep meditation and arrived at a place his master had never mentioned nor described. Later, his master had been murdered and the warrior could not ask him to explain this experience. He has a female protaganist who is also a warrior and accepts the solitary nature of this fighter but clearly they share strong emotional bonds. This repressed chemistry promises their paths will continually cross as they explore the depth and meaning of strong feelings throughout the film. She delivers "the Green Destiny" as a gift to the local magistrate/governor of the province for safe keeping. The magistrate has a daughter who is being prepared for an arranged marriage ... to consolidate the interests of two ruling families ... Hidden aspects of the daughter's character provide for unexpected adventure and romance ...
Secretly, the daugher had learned warrior skills and longed to express this independent aspect of herself ... but she lacks the personal understanding of the esoteric nature of this lifestyle. On a carriage ride with her family through the mountains and arid deserts she is captivated by an invading group of bandits, especially the leader who is young and handsome and has a mysterious reputation. He grabs her ivory hair comb as she leans fearlessly out the carriage window to watch the assualt. She unexpectedly jumps out, mounts a horse and shows remarkable skills during the chase scene ... all to retrieve back her hair comb. He captures her and takes her to his mountain cave home ... they fall in love. He tells her stories and allegories which serve to bind her even closer to him ...
The forces of evil are embodied in the form of Jade Fox who was a servant and nanny to the wealthy Chinese daughter in the past. Jade Fox had acquired a book from which she learned the warrior skills but she failed to use the skills wisely. She lashes out with vengence at the forces of good. The author's creativity and exceptional talents come alive on the screen. The hair-pin curves and twists in the plot are executed with perfection. The ending is sadly fulfilling ... leaving the viewer breathless! Erika Borsos (bakonyvilla)
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VINE VOICEon 29 May 2006
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a traditionally made wuxia, or Chinese martial arts film. It fulfills most of the melodrama shown in standard kung-fu movies, and yet it is so much more than that.

Chow Yun Fat plays Li Mu Bai, an outstanding warrior of the Wutan style of martial arts and swordplay. He is on a mission to avenge the murder of his Master, but he is also bound with honour to deny the love he feels for his best friend, Yu Shu Lien, played by Michelle Yeoh.

Mu Bai gives Shu Lien The Green Destiny, his cherished sword, and asks her to deliver it to Sir Te, Lung Sihung, a leader and a friend of her father.

As soon as the sword gets placed on display, it gets stolen. It is widely believed that Jade Fox, the arch-nemesis of Mu Bai, is behind the disappearance of The Green Destiny.

Shu Lien, however, believes that Jen, the daughter of a governor who is a house guest of Sir Te, has something to do with it. The story continues as Mu Bai and Shu Lien attempt to regain possession of the sword.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is beautiful on many levels. It depicts diverse landscapes of China, from the Gobi desert, the ancient metropolis of Peking, through to the southern Bamboo Forest.

The beauty of the film lies far deeper than mere scenery though. It lies within the human emotions, their connections and repressed feelings. Each character in the film is like a river, calm on the exterior with a current flowing fast beneath the surface.

The advantage of the dvd is for those who are put off by subtitles. The original production is filmed in Mandarin and subtitled in English. Dvd means that you can dub over the film in English, if you prefer. It is interesting to note, however, that both Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun Fat speak Cantonese, and were, therefore, speaking in a language which was not their own.

The first real action scene is about twenty minutes into the film and it is difficult to do it justice, for it is far removed from your usual martial art films. It includes gravity-defying leaps, and body-defying contortions. Absolutely fantastic!

These acclaimed combat scenes are choreographed by Yuen Wo-Ping, who also arranged The Matrix fights, and although I hate wire-stunt work in fight scenes, it does actually have a place in this film because the story supports it, Wutan warriors are trained to control this special ability. Ang Lee also saved the magical quality of these fights by cutting in for long close ups of the actors/actresses as they stare into each other's faces, scrutinising and trying to figure each other out. This is so much more than a mere fighting movie.

Michelle Yeoh is like a shining star in this movie. She plays such a humble and compassionate character, and yet is a true warrior, through and through.

Zhang Ziyi, however, is who really makes this film what is, a masterpiece. Her character, Jen, goes through so many different emotions, and she plays them flawlessly. She is the 'Hidden Dragon' of the title, her full name translating into, 'Nimble Jade Dragon'. Lo Xiao Hu, the Mongolian bandit that she falls in love with, is the 'Crouching Tiger', for his name translates as 'Little Tiger'.

The real heart of this movie is in the extended love scene between Jen and Lo, despite criticism to the contrary. Set against a backdrop of the Gobi desert, their relationship is refreshing in its sincerity.

The ending is tragic, and yet, it is not all saddening. Ang Lee's message, to be true to yourself, is clear to the viewer as the film draws to a close.

Truly - A work of art.
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on 19 June 2001
Beautiful cinematography, an amazing soundtrack, moving performances from the whole cast... Oh, and some of the most breathtaking fight-scenes ever filmed. The first fight between Jen and Shu-Lien - the roof-type scene - is mesmerising, and the elegance with which all the fighters move makes Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne look like clumsy wranglers by comparison. If you haven't seen this film yet, you'll have heard by now that the characters can practically 'fly' - causing a lot of short planks to moan that the film is "unrealistic", as though Ang Lee had tied the cast to ropes and made them fly all by complete accident - but if you have the intelligence to suspend disbelief, this is one of the greatest movies of recent years. A shame that the same can't be said about the DVD, though. The 'making of' feature contains virtually nothing about the making of the film at all. But most unforgivable is the fact that for some unfathomable reason, the English subtitles provided on the DVD are not the same as the ones that were used in the cinematic release, and completely ruined the tone of the film for me - especially in the final romantic scenes where the new translation seems clumsy and staid. I am completely gutted at this alteration, in fact, and feel a little cheated that we are not getting quite the same film as the one we saw in the cinema.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 18 August 2011
If asked my favourite ten films, this would be one of them, and if asked the most beautiful films I`ve ever seen, this would be in my top three.
How to describe in words the spell this unique film casts?
There is running through this lengthy saga an utterly beguiling mix of story, dream, violence, sexuality, romance, sadness, suspense, and of course martial arts sequences that are magical & breathtaking to behold. The justly famed walking-across-the-trees scenes had me gaping in awe the first time I saw them, and I look forward to them at each viewing, not to mention the running up walls and leaping across rooftops...I`ve had dreams of my own like that!
In a strange way, this is indeed the film - almost literally - of my dreams. Ang Lee, one of the world`s few truly visionary film makers, melds matter-of-fact dreamlike action with a languidly told tale of love, deception, revenge and catharsis. What it all `means` does not concern me as much as the sheer storytelling prowess on show, and the film`s dedication to the transformative, visual properties of cinema.
The acting is magnificent, Michelle Yeoh`s dignified, often sad face unforgettable.
Ang Lee`s record as a great, world-class director is second to none now, and CTHD is a jewel in his well-earned crown.
If you`ve yet to see this wonderful film - how I envy you.
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on 25 June 2006
Ang Lee's film is a benchmark in Martial Arts films - high production values, actors rather than simply stuntmen, and a truly thoughtful and philosophic screenplay. This was the first film, for me, that gave western audiences a sophisticated look at the genre.

If you like being spoon fed and action sequences signposted, then you'll be bewildered and stop watching. It's not a short scene/fast action movie. But if you like a more meditative and philosophical approach to a film, where action happens for a reason and is a reflection of the characters, then it's one of the best you'll ever see. Ang Lee has studied Zen, and you can tell; Jet Li has been heavily influenced by this film, as 'Hero' will testify. Yet 'Hero' is more heavy handed in it's approach, while Ang Lee gives CTHD such a lightness of touch it is, truly, breathtaking. Watch it on as big a screen as you can, and have some kind of knowledge of the history of martial arts films - i.e. the use of wire work is the visual language to illustrate that true martial artists are 'gods' in their skills - and be prepared to be enlightened about the Chinese Taoist/Buddhist approach to life. A beautiful film, which gives more depth at each viewing.
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