Sunday, April 20, 2014

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Article by:


Crouching Tiger Hidden DragonStarring: Chang Chen, Chow Yun-Fat Director: Ang Lee, Fight Director: Yuen Woo-ping
Rating PG-13
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.

Note: This martial arts film was one of the first Chinese language “wu xia” genre martial arts films to be embraced by western audiences. It has the typical chivalrous martial arts hero performing fantastical feats using magical (martial) powers. It combines the physical grace seen in Eastern films, with western intensity and European cinema’s airiness.
(Watch Trailer on

Buy Martial Arts Movies

About World Wide Dojo

World Wide Dojo has written 339 article(s) on World Wide Dojo - Entertainment.

Welcome to World Wide Dojo, the world's largest and most popular online martial arts publication offering updated information on traditional based, sport based, and reality based systems and styles in English and other languages. We also bring you the entertainment side of the martial arts. So, enjoy reading the articles, watching the videos, reading reviews, the who's who biographies of those in the martial arts, and learn all you want to learn about the martial arts world.