Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

An epic set against the breathtaking landscapes of ancient China, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon combines the exhilarating martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo-Ping (The Matrix) with the sensitivity and classical storytelling of an Ang Lee film. The result is something truly unexpected: romantic, emotionally powerful entertainment.
Ang Lee
Chow Yun FatMichelle YeohZhang Ziyi
English [CC]
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Chang ChenPei-pei Cheng
Bill KongAng LeeHsu Li Kong
Sony Pictures Classics
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Steinbeck88Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Poetic Subtitles Are Here in 4K/UHD/Blu-Ray Version (With one tiny exception hardly worth noting)!
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I waited for a very long time before upgrading my precious dvd copy of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. For those unaware, for the better part of a decade (perhaps longer), Blu-Ray copies did not have the original theatrical subtitles that director Ang Lee is said to have written or supervised. The DVD copy of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the only way to enjoy what has been referred to by many as the more poetic interpretations of the Chinese language used in the film. Other forums and sites have gone into depth about this subject, so without retreading too much of what has already been noted, the 4K Ultra HD copy that includes a Blu Ray disc does indeed include the original "poetic" subtitles that people have been waiting for (with only one small exception of a single piece of dialogue - If memory serves the scene is between Li Mu Bai and Jen Yu inside of a building during the scene where she returns the Green Destiny sword).

If you've been wavering on buying a copy, I would say go for it.
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StephenDvdReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I have watched this movie many times since I bought the DVD over 10 years ago. I bought a 4K UHD TV just this past year and decided that, due to the wonderful scenery and color in this film, it would be a good choice for the new media. I will admit that it did not have the "WOW" factor I noticed with a lot of movies when I switched from DVD to Blu-Ray, but still it looked fine. The problem is that it suddenly and completely stops playing in the middle of the crucial final scene.

I sent the UHD disc back to Amazon, and the returned a "new" one promptly. I put that in quotes because the "new" UHD had the exact same problem as the first one I just returned. It craps out in the final scene. Unfortunately, I did not realize that until recently. As I had already seen nearly all of the film the first time, and finished watching the final scene using another Blu-Ray disc, I never tested the replacement UHD until now, nearly 6 months later.

Either they repackaged and resent the same disc back to me (unlikely, as Amazon has always been very honest with me), or most likely the entire batch of these 4K UHD discs are bad.

I had that happen once before with the TV Series "Breaking Bad" Blu-Ray box set. I bought and returned two different sets to Walmart, because many of the discs were bad in both sets and in the same discs. I later found the series on Amazon, with a different box/cover. The bad sets had a white cover, while the good set had a black cover.

I am guessing the two CTHD 4K UHD has the same problem -- the entire release is bad. Otherwise, it would seem odd that 2 random copies of the same film would have the exact same problem in the exact same place on the disc.

This is one that I wish I could give zero stars.
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Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Thoughtful Epic of Unsurpassed Beauty
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Ang Lee's kung fu epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) is a wonderful drama about honor, family, and love. Lee takes you on a sweeping journey through feudal China in his over the top fantasy style. Characters fly from rooftops and trees alike thanks to special practical effects of the era. Ancient China is recreated with magnificent sets, grand sculptures, ornate costumes, detailed swords, and meticulous hairstyles. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is like a dream of a Chinese folktale. It's part family drama and part martial arts combat as both genres are brilliantly executed.

First of all, Ang Lee's direction is masterful and instantly propelled his to all time great director status. His vision for this film is unparalleled to this day. His romance drama scenes are so beautiful and endearing with subtle performances to bring a sweet tenderness to the roles. While Lee's direction for the fight is high speed action and seemingly endless fighting, but shot in such a way that you are held in suspense by every blow. The breathtaking cinematography from Peter Pau will have you gazing at the screen in sheer awe during every scene.

Chow Yun-Fat's leading role as hero swordsman Master Li Mu Bai is legendary. His speed driven combat is as graceful as a dance, but as forceful as a swordsman should be for each move. Yun-Fat brings a calm wisdom and a sure confidence to his role, while simultaneously portraying a hesitant lover. His romance with Michelle Yeoh, as Yu Shu Lien, is touching. They have wondrous chemistry. You completely fall in love with these characters and wish them the best. Yeoh delivers as riveting and fast paced swordsmanship to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as Chow Yun-Fat. Together, they are marvelous fighters and thoughtful heroes. I must say that Michelle Yeoh is pretty devastating as a woman who cannot admit her feelings for her love until it's too late.

I have to mention the stunning and skillful Zhang Ziyi as Jen Yu. Her anti-hero arc is powerful and captivating. Every look Ziyi gives reveals more of her character's feelings without a word. Zhang Ziyi portrays an adorable romance with Chang Chen as Lo the outlaw "Dark Cloud." He is a fun and carefree anti-hero, while she is a hateful villain turned into a sympathetic character over the course of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's massive run-time. She delivers astonishing displays of swordsmanship with fluid, swift, kung fu combat. Likewise, her dramatic acting rips your heart out during her tears for her lover and her despair for her master. Zhang Ziyi immediately established herself as one of the greatest living actresses ever after Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Lastly, I should commend Tan Dun's score. His music brings you back in time to ancient China with a romantic haze and a sweeping sincerity. Yo Yo Ma even plays his cello with all his soul for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This is hands down one of the most lovely and memorable film scores of all time.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful movie about love responsibility justice youth & gender roles
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In 2000 director Ang Lee blew Western minds with his sweeping action romance Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. There were four storylines in the film running parallel to each other. They involved love, responsibility, justice, youth, and gender roles.

First is the relationship between Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) and Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh). The two have always liked each other but are to shy and formal to do anything about it. In all their interactions their love for each other is always just in the background. As their mutual friend tells Shu Lien when it comes to emotions heroes can be idiots. Second, Yu Jen (Zhang Ziyi) who is a governor’s daughter wants to escape the restraints of her position and be a woman hero. She has been taught martial arts by the Jade Fox (Cheng Pei Pei) who is a criminal. Jen is both rebellious and impetuous leading her to steal Mu Bai’s famous sword. She is actually the center of the entire flick as her actions affect all the other major character. The Jade Fox also happens to be the person that killed Mu Bai’s master so he is after her as well. The last story is a love affair between Jen and a bandit she meets named Lo (Chang Chen).

Each one of these storylines represents a dilemma for the characters. Will Mu Bai and Shu Lien be honest about their emotions for each other? Will Jen learn to be disciplined and be a hero or turn out to be a criminal like Jade Fox? Will Mu Bai capture Jade Fox? Will Jen allow herself to be with Lo or will her desires get the best of her? They also relate to the themes. Mu Bai feels his responsibilities cannot allow him to follow his heart. His duty involves dispensing justice, which drives him to find Jade Fox. Jen and Lo represent the youthful rebelliousness. Finally, Jade Fox and Jen represent women trying to break out of their roles. Jade Fox for instance went to the famous Wudan school of martial arts but the master wouldn’t teach her because she was a woman. That’s why she ended up killing him. Part of the reason why Ju wants adventure is to not only escape her arranged marriage, but to prove her skills versus men.

On top of all that Crouching Tiger has some amazing action sequences. Ang Lee employed the famous Hong King wire style in his fight scenes which captivated Western audiences. For example in the first one, Jen steals Mu Bai’s sword and can be seen jumping along roofs and flying up walls. There are other great scenes like that such as when Mu Bai is chasing Jen through a forest and the two jump from tree top to tree top.

Altogether there was a reason why Crouching Tiger received so many accolades when it was released. It is a beautifully made picture with great action and endearing stories.
4 people found this helpful
Doodad ProReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Fuzzy Tiger, Snowy Dragon, Easily Apparent Waste of Money
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This is a review for the 4K UHD version of this. I am a big fan of the movie, so this review has nothing to do with the movie itself but rather the quality of the 4K UHD version.

This title was disappointing in UHD, because when I compared it to the included regular blu ray, I could not tell the difference between the regular blu-ray and the UHD. The picture had a bunch of snow and fuzz that was apparent in both the blu ray and the UHD disc. The snow and fuzz were all over the picture, not just in the black or dark areas. It was noticeable enough to be really annoying and ruin the enjoyment of the movie, which is otherwise excellent.

Perhaps if the film were remastered from the original 35 mm footage, it would be better, but absent that, I would get the regular blu-ray or even the DVD and save the money.
91 people found this helpful
nonoReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
4K UHD!?! You're kidding!
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This is review of the quality of the format (4K UHD) and NOT the film itself. The film (story, cinematography, etc.) were all excellent. This 4K UHD version though is less than to be desired. It doesn't matter how much tweaking I made to the picture on my OLED TV, the graininess is absolutely awful. If you're watching it on a 77" screen, the actors faces looks like they are filled with crawling ants. What's surprising though is, after I redeemed it thru VUDU, the picture quality are the same.
So I do not recommend buying this 4K UHD physical copy or buying the 4K digital copy anywhere else.
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Tempest790Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
4K UHD Review: The original subtitles are back!
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4K UHD Review:

Good news is that the original subtitles are back after the horrible version that was done for the 1080p Blu-Ray release. Stuff like "piece of cake" during one of the fight scenes are gone. Not sure what that version was about or why Sony did such a bad re-write of the subtitles.

Picture quality is good (I watched it on a Vizio P75 with HDR enabled). However, there is noticeable digital noise (like color dithering) that should have been cleaned slightly. It's very apparent on close up face shots in the skin tones.

I only use 3.1 audio so I can't comment on the full surround experience but everything sounded fine.

This is the Gone with the Wind of martial arts films, and I'm glad to have it in UHD.
28 people found this helpful
TumbleweedsReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stunning visuals.
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I thought the visuals were stunning. I last watched this film on dvd and there is no comparison with the 4k version. This is a well scripted story that keeps one engrossed through out the film. The bonus material explaining this type of Chinese storytelling is very helpful to understanding the film.
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