I’d seen this movie before I re-watched it earlier in the week, but not remembering it very well I decided there was nothing wrong with having a second view. I’m glad I did, since it’s sparked a new craving (which happen frequently but this one is the current one) of Asian films.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu can long) is the story of “a young woman in ancient China who longs for an adventurous life rather than a dull arranged marriage” according to Netflix. Chow Yun Fat plays Li Mu Bai, Michelle Yeoh plays Yu Shu Lien, & Ziyi Zhang plays Jen Yu. Jen is the young woman in question, daughter of a nobleman but tired of her life of luxury. Li Mu Bai & Yu Shu Lien are warriors, torn between their status & the passion the two of them share.
Plot-wise the movie is brilliant, blending a romantic tale with an adventure & including amazingly choreographed fight sequences. Artistically the movie continues to deliver, with beautiful visuals abound. The only flaw anyone could find in my opinion is a slow pace, but the pace really isn’t that slow with the movie only 2 hours in length.
All-in-all, a quality film that’s almost hard to review due to being so good I can’t talk about its flaws.