Thursday, April 1, 2010
FILM #13: 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' (2000)
For many of us, this was the first real karate film that we saw two women fight. I mean, real all-out war and not just over a man but over a principle. Director Ang Lee doesn't earn kudos there alone but for the exquisite tale of denied love, revenge and foolish youth. No one will ever forget that bamboo trees fight scene or the eloquence of the swords in action or the ease with which the storyline emerges and deftly restructures everything. A true masterpiece, 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', will be what comes to define Lee's work for generations to come.