Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee took a break from making Western period dramas to fashion this wild and woolly martial arts spectacular featuring special effects and action sequences courtesy of the choreographer of The Matrix (1999), Yuen Woo Ping. In the early 19th century, martial arts master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) is about to retire and enter a life of meditation, though he quietly longs to avenge the death of his master, who was killed by Jade Fox (Cheng Pei-pei). He gives his sword, a fabled 400-year-old weapon known as Green Destiny, to his friend, fellow martial arts wizard and secret love Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh), so that she may deliver it to Sir Te (Sihung Lung). Upon arrival in Peking, Yu happens upon Jen (Zhang Ziyi), a vivacious, willful politician's daughter. That night, a mysterious masked thief swipes Green Destiny, with Yu in hot pursuit -- resulting in the first of several martial arts action set pieces during the film. Li arrives in Beijing and eventually discovers that Jen is not only the masked thief but is also in cahoots with the evil Jade. In spite of this, Li sees great talent in Jen as a fighter and offers to school her in the finer points of martial arts and selflessness, an offer that Jen promptly rebukes. This film was first screened to much acclaim at the 2000 Cannes, Toronto, and New York film festivals and became a favorite when Academy Awards nominations were announced in 2001: Tiger snagged ten nods and later secured four wins for Best Cinematography, Score, Art Direction, and Foreign Language Film.~Jonathan Crow
"A Love Before Time" Music Videos
6 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentary with Ang Lee & James Schamus
Audio Commentary with Peter Pau
Conversation with Michelle Yeoh Featurette
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: A Retrospective with Ang Lee, James Schamus and Tim Squyes
The movie may be bizarre because of how the characters battle each other, but it's also entertaining because of how they think. I found it compelling when a character wants to teach the sword thief to be more disciplined. I think anyone who watches this may find lots of things to be interesting.
An excellent story, beautiful cinematography, combining Romance, Drama, Mystery, Intrigue and Action. This is the film that made Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi International Stars and introduced Chinese Wuxia Cinema to a new generation of movie fans worldwide.
I loved the colors and cinematography of this film. But it is not as impressive as the amazingly choreographed action sequences, compared to that of "The Matrix". And the female protagonists in this film are, to put it simply: Extraordinary.
Saw this originally in a very good movie theater. I was very impressed by the imagery & the story. It's been awhile since I've seen it, but I can tell you this 4k presentation does not disappoint.
Colors are beautifully rendered in all of the costumes & outdoor scenes. Sound is clear & enveloping. Major improvement over previous Blu-ray release. It's a period piece, so some may find it slow. But I think it's a great story about love & loss. Recommended.