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Crouching Tiger 
Hidden Dragon


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


5 of 5 stars Delicate Passion November 27, 2001 

Jen is at first a delicate flower with hidden talents and an exciting past. Her passion for fighting and adventure almost consume her. Her forbidden love with Lo holds everything she wants in life, yet by custom she must follow the path her parents set for her and resigns herself to their wishes and an arranged marriage.

She then meets Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) who is in love with Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat). Yu Shu Lien and Jen (Zhang) alternate between being friends and enemies, but hold a deep respect for one another. Their sword fighting scenes are incredible. The sheer power they seem to possess as women would be astonishing in real life. This is of course fantasy and the flying scenes never for a minute seem out of place once you put them in a fairy tale perspective.

Subtle tensions burn slowly in the characters causing them at times to burst into flames as the action awakens to new heights. The canyon cave with a hot tub warmed with heated rocks and horse riding in the dessert add such romantic appeal.

When Yu Shu Lien says: "To repress one's feelings only makes them stronger." Li Mu Bai replies: "You're right. But I don't know what to do." They seem to have no restrictions in life, yet their hearts are chained. Not even the Green Destiny sword can cut through these chains wrapped around their hearts. Throughout the story, the sword makes its appearance and empowers the fight scenes.

What I loved about this movie was that women can be strong yet feminine. They can reach for the stars and still enjoy the pleasures of love.

For those who have always dreamed of flying through a forest or bathing in a hot tub heated with rocks from a fire nearby. Let your imagination travel to a different time and place. Become a character and you will never forget this movie. Some of the lines are filled with deep emotion and spiritual beauty.

Only those who see beauty in the hearts of others will see the true meanings. If you have always received everything you wanted in life, this movie will hold little meaning for you. The final scene is one of the most beautiful and inspirational moments in any movie I have ever seen.

Watch by candlelight and have herbal tea nearby. ;>


If you loved this movie, you might also 
want to watch: The Road Home, Asoka
and The Scent of Green Papaya




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