Film Reviews, Short Review

臥虎藏龍 [Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon] (2000)


Ang Lee’s strengths as a director are to do with his actors and the performances he draws from them, as well as his knack for complex, subtle characterisation. These are things usually missing from most Martial Arts films, but Ang Lee applies them here and produces some excellent performances from Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh and an especially intense and charismatic Zhang Ziyi. The fight scenes are pretty, but that’s damning with faint praise; for all its technical brilliance, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon simply pales in comparison to the majestically beautiful Hero by Zhang Yimou, a superior film in that respect. Ang Lee brings grace and complex characterisation to the genre yes, but he just about misses the mark in making a truly brilliant ‘Martial Arts’ film.


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