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  • I sense something terribly charismatic in the way she defies everything, challenges everyone, despite all her youth and lack of experience or wisdom

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      Chinese cinema owes a lot to Ang Lee’s breakthrough masterpiece at the Academy Awards. Not only is the first Asian film to gain mass popularity, acclaim and high prestige awards, it was followed by a whole stream of wuxia films that is still running and to be honest none of the subsequent ones can even get close to topping Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The film is about Li Mu Bay, a powerful martial arts teacher who decides to retire from battles and gives his sword, The Green Destiny to a rich lord.

      When the sword is stolen from Jen, a fiery girl with enormous potential, Li Mu Bay begins the hunt for both her and her master-a


      witty, brutal assassin going under the nickname of the Jade Fox. I find this film extremely gracious in its outlook.

      I find beauty and harmony in every scene. Every fight move of the characters is gracious and perfected.

      This is the first thing that gripped me in Ang Lee’s direction. After this come the beautiful art decoration of the film and the wonders of China’s nature.

      Some people might state that the casual flying on building might seem ridiculous but for me it only adds to the movie’s gorgeous balance of visual perfection of cinematography and martial arts. My favorite character of the film is by far Jen.

      Beauty is perhaps not at the bottom of the ...


      • list with reasons but above it is her rebellious, out of control character. I sense something terribly charismatic in the way she defies everything, challenges everyone, despite all her youth and lack of experience or wisdom.

        She remains a powerful fighter but in her heart and mind she is very young. She is a beautiful, innocent in her dreams and yet very strong girl.

        The difference from her looks and the impact of her strength really fascinates me. I understand her pain and shame when she realizes she has caused the torment of the soul of Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and Li Mu Bay (Chow Yun Fat)-an ending scene which is sincerely heart-wrenching.

        The film is based on beauty-internal and

        external and this is obvious in the shots, the acting, the visual representation of the story. Beauty is discovered in every moment of the movie, an attribute which I admire very strongly.

        What I do not like in the film, and it is very little is the lack of emotional involvement in the predominant part of it. The most heart-breaking moments are kept for the end.

        It is only in the last five minutes that we feel anything more profound for the character other than admiration for their nobility and fighting skills. All in all I give this film 8/10-it is a magically told tale of love, duty and star-crossed lovers, the emotional involvement of which should have been slightly bigger.




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