Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Chinese Movie Information
Title in Chinese –卧虎藏龙
Title in Pinyin – Wo Hu Cong Long
Genre – Swordplay, Martial Arts and Romance
Subject/theme – The young disciple of an evil bandit steals a legendary sword from two noble warriors and creates a chain of events that end in tragedy
Language – Mandarin
Region – China
Taiwan – 7th July 2000
Hong Kong – 13th July 2000
USA – 9th October 2000
Australia – 4th January 2001
Movie runtime – 120 minutes
Director – Ang Lee
Cast & Role Played
Chow Yun-fat – Master Liu Mu Bai, Wudang swordsman
Michelle Yeoh – Yu Shu Lien, female swords master
Zhang Ziyi – Jen Yu, Governor’s daughter and disciple of Jade Fox
Gao Xian – Bo, head of security for Sir Te
Cheng Pei Pei – Jade Fox, evil bandit and murderess
Chang Chen – Dark Cloud or Luo, Xinjiang bandit leader and Jen’s lover
Lung Sihung – Sir Te, friend of Liu and Yu
Jade Fox is a bitter old woman who has been denied the ability to develop her martial arts because of her gender. She killed the Liu’s master, the head of the Wudang martial arts school, stole a manual with the secrets of their fighting and fled. She hid in the household of a Manchu aristocrat Governor Yu and took the governor’s daughter Jen as her disciple. Over time Jen masters the secrets of the manual the elude Jade Fox and secretly surpasses her master in skill.
Jen meets a Xinjiang bandit leader while crossing a desert and they fall in love, pledging to be together again. The Yu household returns to Beijing and Jen is betrothed to a high ranking noble Gou. Liu is in love with Yu, his comrade of many years and in preparation of retiring as a swordsman, he arranges for Yu to take his legendary sword Green Destiny to their friend Sir Te in Beijing for safe keeping.
While visiting Sir Te to give him the sword, she meets Jun who is a guest of Sir Te and finds out that Jun wishes to live the carefree life of a swords master. Frustrated with her life, Jun steals Green Destiny and sets in motion a chain of events that result in a show down between Jade Fox, Liu, Yun and herself.
Editor’s Review of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon – Score 6/10
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is an enjoyable to watch, some great fight scenes and excellent acting from Chow Yun-fat and Michelle Yeoh. The filming of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in locations such as the Gobi Desert in Xinjiang and the ancient Hong Chun village in Anhui was spectacular.
The main weakness of the movie was how all the main characters were suffering from regret, remorse, frustration and lack of fulfilment. Jen could not escape her family to be a swords master and with Luo, Li and Yu cannot admit and fulfil their love, Jade Fox be the martial arts master she yearns to be. This creates a depressing atmosphere that makes the movie a little hard to enjoy. The somewhat pointless and ambiguous conclusion just makes things worse and by the end of the movie you are in the need of a good cheer up.