Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Reviews
The story of a stolen sword, the Green Dragon forms the backbone to the film. Alongside spectacular martial arts sequences with the aid of wires to allow characters to fight on roofs and treetops, mountains and walls.
The characters of Jen (Ziyo Zhang) and Yu Shi Lien (Michelle Yeoh) add some feminine power to the screenplay.
Chow Yun Fat plays a Master in search of the sword and to avenge the death of his Master by the Chinese sounding Jade Fox!
The awesome stuntwork has elements of the Matrix films and the Christopher Reece Superman films.
The female characters form a strong part of the story.
The scenery changes from desert to mountain range at rapid pace.
I must admit to not been a big fan of such films, however the elements described set this apart from the norm and appeal to Western cinema audiences.
Green Destiny; the poised sword which belongs to Li Mu Bai(Chow Yun-fat), a prominent Wudang warrior, who gifts it to his friend Sir Te in Beijing, through Yu Shu Lien(Michelle Yeoh), a female warrior, is stolen by a young truculent martial art fighter. The film is set in the Quing Dynasty during the 43rd year (1778) of the reign of the Quialong Emperor. The fight sequences are so graceful and it feels as if they're not fighting but participating in a physical refreshment, thanks to Yuen Wo-Ping, whose credits include The Matrix(1999). The movie contains some of the best action sequences ever filmed. The Art-Direction is beyond criticism.
The action scenes are so smooth, perspicuous and supple. I might be the first to say this, but this is a cut above Bruce Lee's which action scenes are usually one-sided. After watching the movie one would think that if this is some sort of computer chicanery as we see people on rooftops, trees. Howbeit it is substantial. Although, I'm a bit concerned about people flying. Besides, the movie is vivid, picturesque with beautiful sceneries along with a tasteful cinematography. Wherefore, if any action movie is called beauteous, this is it.
Exquisite cinematography and choreography are the highlights in this epic, martial arts masterpiece. While perhaps not on the same level as Zhang Yimou's Hero, it is no less a breathtaking film.