Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee took a break from making Western period dramas to fashion this wild and woolly martial arts spectacular featuring special effects and action sequences courtesy of the choreographer of The Matrix (1999), Yuen Woo Ping. In the early 19th century, martial arts master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) is about to retire and enter a life of meditation, though he quietly longs to avenge the death of his master, who was killed by Jade Fox (Cheng Pei-pei). He gives his sword, a fabled 400-year-old weapon known as Green Destiny, to his friend, fellow martial arts wizard and secret… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The smartest and smartest-looking action movie of the year."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"It's rare to find a film that satisfies our craving for pop while giving us the transcendence of poetry."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A film that works on many levels, be it action, drama, or romance, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is recommended viewing for anyone who likes their martial arts with some heart and soul."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Amazing, magical martial arts fairy tale."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Lee brought a distinct elegance to the wuxia genre of mythic, lyrical martial arts pictures...a breathtaking visual and emotional experience for the viewer...[Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"It's abundantly clear that Lee, in conjunction with fight choreographer Yuen Wo-Ping (famed for The Matrix), has brought to these standard tropes his own elevating, near-feline sensibilities."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"High art meets high spirits in a rapturously romantic epic that really kicks butt."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"I'm glad to join the ranks of fans who continue to be breath taken with this incredible epic."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"There's an ethereal dramatic effect here that transcends a primary function of imagination and storytelling."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The movie is good, sometimes very good, but I suspect it's a masterpiece only for those who haven't seen all the earlier masterpieces that equal or surpass it."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Chow reveals astonishing depths. But the revelation is Yeoh."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"You need a roadmap to find the hidden masterpiece."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Ang Lee's crowd-pleasing martial arts actioner is captivating and thrilling from beginning to end."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Often imitated, never equaled, "Crouching Tiger" soars because it showcases culture as much as cutting-edge martial arts. Unfinished business, unspoken passions and unwanted prejudices stand beside fists (and feet) of fury in a lyrical film."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"With his latest film, Lee has created a lyrical fairy tale for adults, a sublime synthesis of martial arts action with dramatic sophistication."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
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