Hollywood Rewind | Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Lithe and lovely


“From the director of Sense and Sensibility,” introduced the voiceover of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s official trailer and I blinked. Though not at all times profitable, isn’t Ang Lee’s fixed effort to push the boundaries of cinema an act of bravery?

The Taiwanese-American director has labored his means up the Hollywood ladder and how. From the small 1991 dramedy Pushing Hands to lastly attaining some recognition with the well-crafted rom-com The Wedding Banquet (1993), Lee has persistently made efforts to hone himself. He first made an enormous Hollywood splash in 1995 with the British interval drama Sense and Sensibility that featured the likes of Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. But the director actually broke the gates of the western business along with his predominantly ethnic solid and crew of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The 2000 film was a revelation in so some ways. The undeniable fact that you can become profitable off Hollywood with a Chinese solid and a Chinese story was an enormous takeaway. We additionally learnt {that a} martial arts film could possibly be so visually gorgeous, not simply by way of its motion choreography, however for the way in which it was filmed by cinematographer Peter Pau.

Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen shaped the primary solid, and they have been all fantastic. Especially Zhang Ziyi, who was fierce and sleek along with her actions and motion. And this brings us to the mainstay of the film, the wondrous, inexplicable motion sequences. The scenes featured characters transferring at an awe-inspiring pace, climbing up bamboo stalks and flying by way of air with fast, sharp actions. All unbelievable. All exhilarating.

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Talking in regards to the iconic bamboo scene to AP just lately, Lee mentioned one thing very poetic, “You use very heavy ways to imitate lightness.” Stating that he was scared to hold such big stars within the air for a protracted interval, the director mentioned, “Each actor hanging up there, you need 30 people down on the ground mimicking how the bamboo swings in the wind. I probably did about a third of what I wanted to do. The way you dream about a movie, it’s very difficult to make it real.” But Ang Lee’s threat paid off in an enormous means. Even after greater than 20 years of its launch, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon stays one of many highest-grossing worldwide films within the US. The movie earned 128 million {dollars} in North America alone from a modest funds of 17 million {dollars}. In the top, it was Lee’s perseverance as an artiste that gained everybody over.

You can watch Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on Netflix.


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