Full Movie Reviews
Yojimbo - wrote on 03/30/2012
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one of those very few films that revolutionized a genre. The first film to gain mainstream popularity for the Asian martial arts epic with western audiences, it's a beautiful marriage of art house sensibilities and crowd pleasing action. It concerns a young woman whose desire for adventure has seen her come under the wing of a ruthless criminal named Jade Fox who betrayed and murdered the master of swordsman Chow Yun Fat. He and unrequited love Michelle Yeoh see the good in her and so try to persuade her to join them rather than fight, but fate has a different path in store. Boasting the epic scope and beautiful cinematography of the likes of David Lean combined with elegant wire work and brilliantly choreographed fight sequences, Crouching Tiger is …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/17/2011
The story of Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat), Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Chow), Lo "Dark Cloud" / Luo Xiaohu (Change Chen) and Jen Yu (Mandarin version) / Jiao Long (English dubbed version) portrayed by the nimble and attractive Zhang Ziyi. Due to the gender of Jade Fox, she cannot be taught the Wudang skills and is the murderer of Mu Bai’s master. The sagacious Wudang swordsman Li Mu Bai has troubles professing his true feelings and the strong warrior Yu Shu Lien who is entrusted to protect the sacred sword. Jen abuses the power of the Green Destiny and was able to fall in love with another person, despite her arranged marriage. One of a few insightful quotes: Lo – “A faithful heart makes wishes come true.” Li Mu Bai – “I would rather be a ghost drifting by your side as a condemned …
The M.O.W. - wrote on 08/02/2008
A Mudan warrior (Chow Yun-Fat) gives his sacred, yet blood-tainted sword to his love (Michelle Yeoh) in an attempt to ease his mind after experiencing a vision. He tells her to take it to a friend of his.
She, however, decides to keep it for him, and it gets stolen by a ninja. The warrior sets off to get it back, fearing it was stolen by the one who murdered his master. So he sets off to find his sword, and to avenge the death of his master.
The movie is beautifully shot, with fast-paced fight scenes. The fight scenes are simply amazing, despite it is quite obvious that the ones doing these gravity-defying stunts are in a harness and propelled by wires. If you ask me, the harness makes much of the movements very awkward and limited.
The wardrobes look very authentic, as does …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 12/24/2007
I don't know about you but when I want to see a martial arts film, I'm more interested in the action than the story. This is one of those gems that happens to deliver both. Although it may sound hypocritical of me to say that I didn't care much about the flashback scenes, I did appreciate the story about the present, mainly the love between the two masters. I'm still amazed that I remember all the fight scenes because each of them has something different to offer. My favourite battle is definitely the one prior to the gliding among the trees scene. The audience can tell that sword-fighting or whatnot is not an easy task. It takes a toll on your spirit, your body, and your mind. Although the ending is somewhat anti-climactic, I think it was a necessary close to the film. This is the type …