The Chinese title is Wo hu cang long. And stars Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh and Ziyi Zhang. The greatest wonder of this movie is the imagery and the exotic oriental dance of exaggerated martial arts. The first time I saw this movie was in a theater (one of the few times) and in Chinese (Mandarin to be exact). I purchased the movie when it came out on DVD and watched it in English. The beauty is in the language. I liked it much better in Chinese.
A lot of "martial arts" films are usually too contrived and predictable. This movie, however, is far from that. Yes, some of the moves are absolutely impossible, but it's a fantasy set in a time of magic. It was one of the few films I've ever watched where I didn't know the ending halfway through the movie. It was great film... it's no wonder it won four of the ten Acadamy Awards it was nominated for.
Some interesting trivia courtesy of IMDB.com
- Jet Li was originally wanted for the lead, but was refused to star in Romeo Must Die
- Michelle Yeoh did not speak Mandarin and she learned the script phonetically with the help of the Mandarin-speaking crew. Her native language is Cantonese.
- "Crouching tiger hidden dragon" is from Chinese mythology; referring to hiding your strength from other.
- In 2001, this film became the first foreign language film to earn over $100 million in the United States.
- Tan Dun, the composer who wrote the score for the movie, was given only two weeks to compose AND record the music.