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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

DIRECTED BY - Jeong-hyang Lee

Known for making films about familial relationships, director Ang Lee surprised everyone with his martial arts epic CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. Based on a novel by Wang Du Lu, CROUCHING TIGER starts with the revenge plot common in the wuxia stories that Lee loved as a child, then adds a feminist twist. Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) is a legendary martial artist who has decided to pass on his sword, the Green Destiny, to a friend. Soon afterward, the sword is stolen by a masked female, setting in motion events that test the bonds of family, love, duty, and sisterhood. Chow appears with three generations of female stars: Cheng Pei Pei, a 1960s action heroine; Michelle Yeoh, the beauty queen turned 1980s action goddess; and newcomer Zhang Ziyi, who smolders as the princess who wants more than domestic tranquillity. Famed action choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping (THE MATRIX) stages jaw-dropping zero-G fights across rooftops, rivers, and bamboo trees, while Yo-Yo Ma punctuates the fisticuffs with dramatic cello solos. Described by Lee as "SENSE AND SENSIBILITY with martial arts," CROUCHING TIGER recalls the best wuxia films of the 1960s and pushes the genre in new directions.

Film Info

RUNTIME - 120 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 1999

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

LANGUAGE - English, French, Mandarin, Chinese

SUBTITLES - English, French

ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen, Anamorphic


DVD Features:

Region 1

Keep Case

Special Edition

Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35



Jeong-hyang Lee


Li Kong Hsu


Jeong-hyang Lee


Bill Kong


James Schamus


Kuo Jung Tsai


Hui Ling Wang

Music Performer

Yo-Yo Ma



"...The picture is more fun than it has a right to be....Mr. Lee puts things together artfully and stages this movie like a comedy of manners; it could be SENSE AND SENSIBILITY with a body count....It's an epic that breaks the laws of gravity."

- Elvis Mitchell, New York Times

"...This Cannes/New York Film Festival favorite has it all, starting with three towering central characters....[Ang Lee's film] offers melodically choreographed action scenes by THE MATRIX's Yuen Wo-Ping, Oscar-caliber photography by Peter Pau and the pleasure of seeing [Chow Yun Fat] in his most appealing performance yet..." -- 4 out of 4 stars

- Mike Clark, USA Today



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