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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh
Director: Ang Lee
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 119 Minutes
Release Date: December 2000
Genres: Action, Foreign

Review by Angela C.
3½ stars out of 4

The film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a fable, set in China, with something for almost everyone. Photography buffs will appreciate the many scenes of the Chinese landscape, including verdant hills, modest towns, and the blazing desert. Music fans are treated to an equally diverse mix, from cello performed by Yo Yo Ma, to music reminiscent of cowboy films. Adventure fans will see just about everything imaginable: fencing, martial arts, horseback chase scenes, and even flying actors! There is sparring in the treetops that is unparaleled for creativity, in my many years of experience as a moviegoer. However, it will not satisfy the appetites of those hardcore action fans who crave the adrenaline rush. This is NOT a Steven Segal film. For the romantics, there are several romantic plots.

The most interesting aspect of the film for me was the struggle of Jen, a young woman who is torn among many choices in life: a traditional marriage, a nontraditional one, and a life of adventure with the good guys or the bad ones. Here lies the true meaning and purpose of the film. The viewers who will appreciate the film most are those who enjoy the exploration of these issues.

Ang Lee, the wonderfully sensitive and detail-oriented director of Sense and Sensibility has scored yet another triumph with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon!

Copyright 2001 Angela C.

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