When I saw "Crouching Tiger"( released by Sony Pictures Classics),I was more than impressed,because this movie is a real MASTERPIECE in the world cinema!
The taiwanian director Ang Lee has made this martial arts epic perfectly.The direction is superb,visuals are great,the screenplay is good(Wang Du-lu (book), James Schamus (script), Wang Hui-wang (script), Tsai Kuo-jung (script)) ,the story is wonderful(The story is based upon a Chinese novel by Wang Du Lu,a tale of wuxia pien)and the performances are all terrific!We've got some of the best asian actors of all time-Chow Yun Fat as Li Mu-bai,Michelle Yeoh as Yu Shu-lien,Cheng Pei-pei as Jade Fox/Governess and the amazing and beautiful young actress Zhang Ziyi.
The cinematographer Peter Pau has done a great job here,the special effects are stunning and the music score by Tan Dun is gorgeous.
The action director is Yuen Wo-ping("Iron Monkey"(1993),"Wing Chun"(1994)).His fight choreography first-rate.The swordplay and the kung-fu are more than brilliant-I haven't seen a better one(Believe me,I have watched a lot of wuxia and kung-fu movies) and the wirework is remarkable!
"CTHD" is not an ordinary movie.It's hybrid emotional drama,romantic love story,wonderful fantasy and great action!
All of these things make "Crouching Tiger,Hidden Dragon" the best martial arts movie and one of the greatest movies of all time!The director Ang Lee has made a revolution in this genre!
Most of the critics say,that "CTHD" is chinese for western tastes,but I disagree.The story is created by chinese,the cast is chinese,cinematograper and the fight choreographer are chinese and the director is taiwanian.Where is the western thing?!Or may be we(the western) just like eastern tastes..?
Congretualtions to Ang Lee.He has made the most amazing,entertaining and spectacular martial arts flick of all time!"It deserves more than 4 Oscars,because"Wo Hu Cang Long" is near to perfection!