For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Hong Kong Martial Arts Movies, here’s a review of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) by me.
Thanks again to David of Blueprint Review for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by James of Blogging By Cinema Light and we will be reviewing our favorite Shakespeare on Film Movies.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Dec by sending them to shakespeareanJim@movierob.net
Try to think out of the box! Great choice James!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
“The things we touch have no permanence. My master would say: there is nothing we can hold onto in this world. Only by letting go can we truly possess what is real. ” – Li Mu Bai
Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Theater Jan 2001, DVD, 21 Oct 2014 and 28 Nov 2019)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A martial arts master looking to retire has his magical sword stolen and must try and find the culprit.
My Take on it – When David chose this genre for this month, this was the first film that came to mind as my favorite among the man films in the genre.
I am usually not a fan of Foreign Language films, but this one is so gripping that I even endured watching it in the theater when it came out due to the praise it got when it premiered.
The film is presented in a way that it feels like a fairy tale and it works on so many levels.
The characters are seem quite mystical and other worldly in all that they say and do.
Each of the characters have their own journey to follow and they do a wonderful job here allow each of them to follow their quest since it all finds a way to reconnect down the line.
The story is filled with mystery, action, romance and a fairy tale feel throughout and all of these aspects are blended together in order to give us something so unique.
This was quite deserving of being among one of the handful of foreign language films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and there is a great case to be made for this actually being the most gripping of the five nominees that year.
The action scenes in the film are choreographed really well and they give off the look and feel as if the characters are dancing instead of fighting while also being able to defy gravity with their motions and actions.
The story itself is very poignant in its message about choices one makes in life and the balance that we all must try and find between love, justice and honor in all that we may do.
Bottom Line – Great martial arts film that feels like a fairy tale by the way it is presented. The characters all seem quite mystical in all that they say and do. The adventure that the various characters take in this film works really well and they do a wonderful job blending the mystery, action, romance and otherworldly feel of this story so well together. The action scenes are superbly choreographed as to giving the feel as if the characters are dancing while defying the normal laws of gravity. The story is quite poignant and says so much about the balance one must have in life between love, justice and honor. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The actors almost invariably performed their own stunts. CGI was used to remove the wires holding them up. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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