Director: Ang Lee Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Yun-Fat Chow, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang, Sihung Lung, Pei-Pei Cheng, Fa Zeng Li, Xian Gao, Yan Hai, De Ming Wang, Li Li, Su Ying Huang, Jin Ting Zhang, Kai Li
Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film (Taiwan); Best Cinematography; Best Original Score (Dun Tan); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Director (Ang Lee); Best Adapted Screenplay (Hui-Ling Wang, James Schamus, Kuo Jung Tsai); Best Costume Design; Best Film Editing; Best Original Song (Jorge Calandrelli, Dun Tan, James Schamus for “A Love Before Time”)
I First Saw In: 2001
Synopsis: Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.
Did You Know? Michelle Yeoh did not speak Mandarin. So the script was presented to her phonetically, and she had help from Mandarin-speaking crew members; her Malaysian dialect can be heard throughout. Yun-Fat Chow did speak Mandarin (his first language being Cantonese), but Native Mandarin speakers thought his accent was strained and overdone. Ziyi Zhang spoke Mandarin with a Beijing dialect and Chen Cheng spoke Mandarin with a Taiwanese dialect. Because of the difficulty some Chinese-speaking markets had with the voices, they actually had a version of the soundtrack dubbed into standard Mandarin.
And now a Word from the Guise:
Ang Lee is a masterful filmmaker. He doesn’t just make mindless schlock (except for Hulk, but let’s pretend like that never happened). He creates art; even Hulk was artistic in its own right. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is beautiful in every possible way: art direction-set decoration, cinematography, costumes, original score, choreography, and acting. Everything is superb.
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