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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)


“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is a 2000 martial arts epic film directed by and starring , , and Zhang Ziyi. The film is set in 19th-century China and follows the story of a young woman named Jen (Zhang Ziyi) who is set to be married off to a wealthy man but yearns for a life of adventure. Along the way, she encounters master warrior Li Mu Bai () and his ally Yu Shu Lien (), leading to a series of epic battles and dramatic confrontations.


“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is a breathtakingly beautiful film that blends stunning visuals, intricate storytelling, and mesmerizing fight scenes to create a true cinematic masterpiece. The film is a stunning showcase for the talents of its cast and crew, with , , and Zhang Ziyi all delivering standout performances. The fight choreography, which incorporates elements of Wuxia (martial hero) cinema, is truly extraordinary, creating a sense of awe and wonder that is rarely seen in modern action films.


“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” won numerous awards and nominations, including four Academy Awards (Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Score) and two Golden Globe Awards (Best Foreign Language Film and Best Director).


“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” was a commercial and critical success upon its release, grossing over $213 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing foreign-language film in U.S. box office history at the time. It has a 7.9/10 rating on IMDb and a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, cementing its place as one of the greatest martial arts films ever made and a true classic of world cinema.


Traditional 臥虎藏龍
Simplified 卧虎藏龙
Mandarin Wò hǔ cáng lóng
Directed by
Produced by Bill Kong Hsu Li-kong
Screenplay by Wang Hui-ling James Schamus Kuo Jung Tsai
Based on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
by Wang Dulu
Starring Zhang Ziyi Chang Chen Sihung Lung Cheng Pei-pei
Music by Tan Dun
Cinematography Peter Pau
Edited by Tim Squyres
Sony Pictures Classics Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia Good Machine International Edko Films Zoom Hunt Productions China Film Co-Production Corp. Asian Union Film & Entertainment Ltd.
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Release date May 18, 2000 (Cannes) July 7, 2000 (Taiwan) July 8, 2000 (Mainland China) July 13, 2000 (Hong Kong) December 8, 2000 (United States)
Running time 120 minutes
Country Taiwan China Hong Kong United States
Language Mandarin Chinese
Budget US$17 million
Box office US$213.5 million

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