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
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