Poetic and moving, its martial arts sequences are so sublime they almost transcend the catagory of violence and become something else, something closer to the kind of beauty associated with poetry, music, dance. I was raised on Chinese kung fu flicks, and when this movie came out at the turn of the millennium, and right at the turn of my passage from boyhood to adulthood, it was like a revelation to me.
The stylised action sequences are justly admired (the treetop sequence remains magnificent), it's a visually epic feast and the chemistry between the three leads works very well. But behind all this I never get to know or care enough about the characters, a consequence of Lee pushing forward with the main narrative and perhaps an overweight focus (and overlong flashback sequence) on Jen Yu's relationship with Lo.
One of the most memorable films of the last two decades. Everything is masterly: timing, changing tempo of narration, camera, sound design and of course the carefully crafted martial arts sequences with their mix of movements, colors, sounds and music (which makes some scenes to a nearly abstract interplay of audiovisual elements). Beyond that the film Tan Dun's music is one of the composer's best film scores.
First serious attempt by Hollywood to capitalise on the popular Chinese wuxia genre. An already Chinese version of a Western, superproduction credentials and generous resources propelled the saga into mainstream cinema with ease. More entertaining than profound, more effective than groundbreaking, Ang Lee successfully reintroduced martial arts into Western mainstream and catapulted Chinese actors as household names.
The Movie That Started It All i liked the script esp jiaolongs lines cuz shes so snarky...ik she (spoiler) jumps in the end to make her wish of saving mubai come true but i interpreted it as a final act of rebellion against her parents bc confucianism identifies suicide as the most unfilial act u can perform since ur body belongs to ur parents....
Buona opera, che vanta una regia e una messa in scena di alta qualità che riescono a dare un bel tocco poetico alla storia. La fotografia e le coreografie dei combattimenti sono bellissimi e riescono ad appassionare molto. La trama è semplice, ma è ben raccontata e si fa seguire bene, senza eccessivi cali di ritmo.Viene creato un bel microcosmo in cui si muovono i personaggi, che sono ben caratterizzati e ben gestiti