Monday, 10 September 2007

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Chinese period, wuxia, swordplay film
This is the most noted nuxia flick since A Touch of Zen, and it's the most famous nuxia flick outside Chinese community.

Feminist theme is what gains respectability for this movie in the West. To those who are not familiar with the Chinese wuxia genre, nuxia is a well established subgenre.

As a high profile, big budget wuxia (or as Ang Lee said that he tried to make this the best wuxia film there is), he was inspired by many SB produced wuxia. At least, he was influenced by or made allusions to the following SB movies (probably more):

The Love Eterne (1963)
Come Drink With Me (1966)
A Touch of Zen (1971)
Legendary Weapons of China (1982)

This film also opened the nuxia/wuxia genre to the world (via Hollywood). And reinvigorated the wuxia genre that had been dominated by the kungfu genre since Bruce Lee.

Trivia:
* This movie comes from the 4th wuxia book of a Pentology by Wang Du Lu.

* The Jade Fox is called Jade Eyed Fox in the novel. A Jade Fox is pretty stony, not much movement, it sits on a shelf. So why would anyone would call her that? A Jade Eyed Fox is a kinda species of fox with green eyes. Now, that's agile and cunning creature that befitting the character. Also read my description in Come Drink with Me for reason why Cheng Pei-pei was chosen for the role of Jade Eyed Fox.

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