Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long)
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Set in 18th-century China during the Qing Dynasty, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' is the tale of Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-fat), a brilliant Wudang swordsman who has decided to give up his life as a warrior. With this in mind, he asks his great friend Yu Shu-lien (Michelle Yeoh) to deliver his sword to their mutual friend Sir Te. So begins an epic quest that carefully treads its way along a path of betrayal, hidden identities, secret love and phenomenally conceived, intricately choreographed battle scenes.
Director Ang Lee had seven critically acclaimed feature-length films under his belt when he made ‘Crouching Tiger’, but this is the work that propelled him to worldwide attention – it took four of ten Oscar nominations, including the Best Foreign Language Academy Award for Lee as well as Best Cinematography for Peter Pau.
Executive producer James Schamus, who had already worked with Lee several times as a producer and award-winning screenwriter, co-wrote the script based on an immensely popular wuxia novel cycle, creating a magnificent story full of intrigue, romance, tragedy and some of the most breathtaking acrobatics ever caught on film.
‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ redefined the martial-arts film for the 21st century and remains USA’s best-selling non-English-language film.