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Film REVIEW: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - ★★★★

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

Director: Ang Lee

Writer: Wang Hui-ling, James Schamus, Kuo Jung Tsai based on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Wang Dulu.

Stars: Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Sihung Lung, Cheng Pei-Pei.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

Themes: China, Female Martial Artist, Tragic Hero

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon continues to be hailed as one of the greatest and most influential non-English language films. The film has been praised for its story, direction, cinematography, and martial arts sequences.



Daniel (Age 11) - ★★★1/2

"This film was decent. The storyline was gripping and it had a great ending but at some points I found it a bit confusing and hard to follow. Some of the fight scenes were amazing, especially the ones with the sword but I didn't like the flying bits."

Stewart - ★★★★★

"This film has a fantastic romantic mystical sense to it and the fight sequences are outstanding. Cast, music, directing all brilliant. I love it - even the 'flying bits' :) "

Mix Up Rating - ★★★★★

~#10 - Mix Up Theatre's Top Rated Movies

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  2. Edward Scissorhands (1990) - #121 - ★★★★

  3. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) - #193 - ★★★★

  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) - #204 - ★★★★

  5. Dune (2021) - #437 - ★★★★

  6. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - #448- ★★★★

  7. Hero (2002) - #503 - ★★★★

  8. Sense and Sensibility (1995) - #549 - ★★★

  9. Mulan (2020) - #575 - ★★★

  10. The Last Samurai (2003) - #602 - ★★★

Dune stars Chang Chen in a supporting role. With action, adventure, martial arts and a desert landscape it rings back to this film.

Meanwhile you can catch some of the other stars in other Chinese martial arts films including Zhang Ziyi in Hero, Cheng Pei-Pei in the recent Disney remake of Mulan and Michelle Yeoh even provides vocals in the animated Kung Fu Panda 2.

For similar tragic heroes and action adventure you can do no wrong with Avengers: Endgame or the Lord of the Rings trilogy. For a romantic tragic hero there's no better than Edward Scissorhands.

More from director Ang Lee includes another period romance (but definitely no martial arts) with Sense and Sensibility. For more epic warrior tales check out The Last Samurai.

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