Feel free to pitch in or suggest your own discussion points. We forget where the movements come from. They are born from life. When you create a new work, the point of departure must be contemporary life—not existing forms of dance. The swordfight is the climax to a thrilling blockbuster adventure that masterfully negotiates its stakes and reversals, then peaks with a combat scene in which nothing of consequence can possibly happen.
And yet it works. Barbossa, on the other hand, is a lumbering bruiser, chasing his scrappy opponent around with the brute force of someone who has too much skin in the game, and has forgotten the number one rule of Disneyland piracy: Have fun.
There are five major fight sequences spread across the ravishing martial-arts melodrama, in addition to the brief skirmishes, and though all the various participants are mortal, their physical confrontations are a means, not an end. In Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonviolence is less about victory and defeat than it is the expression of self-image; the film tells a Chinese story, but has an indivisibly American spirit.
As the Shanghai Percussion Ensemble scores the ensuing chase with an unforgettable beat, Jen and Shu Lien engage in a fight that has all the danger of a flirtation. Neither of the two women lands much more than a single punch.
The combat is more of an exploratory handshake than anything else. Lee films most of the action in gorgeous medium-wide shots, a privilege he was afforded by an unusually long rehearsal period. The Green Destiny is never unsheathed, and the most painful moment comes when Bo, a house servant, accidentally whacks himself in the head with his staff.
Only three characters die in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Jade Fox is one, and she herself kills of the other two. Because in most of the fights in this movie, one person really doesn't want to fight.
Lee allows roughly 40 minutes! As she sips her tea, most likely reflecting on her lost love Lo—the desert bandit with whom she once shared a doomed romance that also impinged on her personal freedom—a gaggle of swinging dicks drop by her table to test her skills.
Jen, uniquely unencumbered by gravity, dismantles everyone around her, casually inventing some immodest epithets of her own while tearing the restaurant apart.Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.
Rob Hodgson Kim Lavery. Really moving how each fight sequence - while brilliantly conceived and executed - also has its own emotional narrative arc. I'd almost forgotten what a wonder this movie is. Handsome and Poetic, it's lovely how Ang Lee introduces us to the characters he builds a fable as a lyrical background for the construction and deconstruction of the trio of protagonists and provides us with Chinese culture and martial arts.
The whole film has a great dedication of production, being able to culminate in a work that besides impressing by the beauty of the fights shown, has good background cloths, like honor, loyalty and love. This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth. The epilogue still doesn't sit right with me. A bunch of people seem to think the movie ends with Zhang Ziyi killing herself, maybe because she's sad that she basically caused Chow Yun-fat's death. But in no way do I think that's what Ang Lee intended to convey.
She leaps off the cliff to fulfill Chang Chen's wish, and flies away knowing it has come true like the boy in the folk tale he had previously told her.
The contradiction is that his wish is for them to be together, and thus the ending is a paradox: she's alone but free and together and in love. She can't be…. I feel mad at myself for not seeing this sooner. So I had convinced myself that I had remembered more of this movie than I thought. Beyond its flair and choreography, this is an excellent addition to a steady line of Ang Lee films that deal with identity and repression of that identity.
Just as much as Brokeback Mountain, his masterpiece, or Hulk, his odd but ambitious blockbuster, the characters of Jen, Li, and Yu are all holding something back when we first meet them. I've watched a lot of martial arts films with outstandingly choreographed fight scenes, but never ones that are as artistically and visually pleasing as in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Ang Lee, It was also cool to see so many blades featured that I've come to see created on shows like Forged in Fire e.
Deerhorn knives in "action. This is a martial arts films no doubt, but each fight scene is so deeply entrenched in personal conflict and shared histories that reveal something about the characters. Jen Yu is a young woman, about to be forcefully married, and her beautiful demeanor contrasted with her skilled yet trigger happy fighting makes her both a compelling and honestly kinda scary character.
Lacked a little bit of storytelling prowess at times, such as the ending not sure if they entirely nailed it and also the jarring return from the long flashback in the middle act. Some really fun characters though, and I mean This list of personal favorites was originally assembled by Edgar Wright and Sam DiSalle in Julyand is semi-regularly…. Movies made by auteur directors with a very arthouse sensibility, that happen to be genre movies e.T he year has got off to the best start possible with this fantastic film.
Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a martial arts movie in a traditional Chinese action idiom which manages to be both electrifyingly exciting and sweetly romantic - qualities wrapped up in the preternatural innocence of a fairy tale. Chow Yun-Fat plays the legendary warrior Li Mu Bai, deeply in love with Yu Shu Lien Michelle Yeohthe fiercest female martial arts practitioner in China but, through a combination of male pride and reticence, he is unable to declare his passion - and she, too, because of loyalty to a fiance now dead, cannot admit what she feels for him.
The delicate sadness and internalising of their love unfolds in parallel with the blazing passion of another couple: Jen Zhang Ziyia gorgeous young aristocrat, has formed a secret liaison with outlaw Lo Chang Chenbut she yearns for the life of the warrior and steals the Green Destiny, Li Mu Bai's precious sword, richly and exquisitely carved and inlaid.
Until seeing this film, I had long thought that some kind of moratorium ought to be declared on the indiscriminate use of the word "balletic" to describe fight scenes - a naive cliche generally used by those who have never seen a real fight, or indeed a ballet, in their lives. But no other word will do for the sublime perfection of these action sequences which Ang Lee's touch - and that of choreographer Yuen Wo Ping of Matrix fame, and cinematographer Peter Pau - have realised with such extraordinary flair.
There is real poetry and artistry in the way the visual images are assembled which lifts this film miles above the crudeness of berk flicks like Romeo Must Die. In one scene, the brutal clash of fists and weaponry disturbs the birds in the trees and Lee interrupts our view of the fight briefly, in favour of an epiphanic vision of the birds ascending into the sky: a pleasing moment of inspiration which anticipates the climactic fight between Jen and Li Mu Bai as they float through the treetops themselves: in its exuberance and charm, it has to be one of the most beautiful moments in modern cinema.
Crouching Tiger adopts the convention of the wu xia martial arts stories: in formal combat, the rules of gravity are suspended, and with them the rules of narrative and ordinary human possibility - bringing into the action genre a delirious new sort of magic realism. It grafts onto it a kind of fabular quality, which confers such distinction on the film, but leaves intact the thrills of the fight scenes themselves.
The opening punch-up is not vouchsafed to us straight after the credits, or even during the credits, in the way we have come to expect from any action picture, but after 10 self-effacing minutes of exposition. Only then does Lee unleash Yu Shu Lien's thrilling rooftop chase with the masked intruder: a fight of incredible strangeness, stark moonlit mystery - and delirious excitement.
If you're too cool to be excited by it, then you're too cool. With its pointed intensity and the compelling, single drumbeat on the soundtrack, it's an action sequence to treble the heart rate and cause the skin to prickle with goosepimples. Ang Lee's achievement is to reconnect the genre with its innate, latent sense of decorum and romance, qualities which have been ignored, or treated ironically or unintelligently. Crouching Tiger juxtaposes the fatal secrets of martial arts with those of meditation and even calligraphy, and persuades us to take them equally seriously.
Added to the miniaturist's skill in rendering the delicate touches of the principals' hidden love, he has an epic sense of space and landscape, moving lightly from Peking to the desert: Ang Lee puts a girdle around his earth in seconds. Frankly, this is what Phantom Menace was supposed to feel like. And Ang Lee must certainly win best foreign language picture Oscar this spring - or indeed best picture.
Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh carry off their roles with poise and charm, and the melancholy of their unspoken love has real pathos. In the old-fashioned entertainment that it delivers, and in its inspired combination of seriousness and playfulness, Crouching Tiger is already assuming the lineaments of a classic.
And if this film proves to be the father to a series of similar works, then it could almost be that a new popular genre of film-making has been born, or reborn: a new Asian western for the 21st century. Topics Film. Reuse this content. Most popular.In this weekly series, Life's Little Mysteries provides expert answers to challenging questions.
This ultimate cat fight has happened more times than you might expect. The Romans pitted African lions against Asian tigers in the Coliseum, to the rip-roaring pleasure of the Plebeians. Offhand mentions in the historical record imply that tigers usually came out on top in ancient Rome, and modern fights in captivity typically go that way, too — but not every time.
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Lions and tigers each have their strengths, and "the outcome of a given fight completely depends on the individuals: their history, fighting style and physiology," said Craig Saffoe, a biologist and the curator of great cats at the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington, D.
First, although an especially large tiger will outweigh any lion, the two species usually have comparable sizes. Estimates vary, but Saffoe says an average adult male African lion and an average adult male Bengal tiger the most common wild tiger subspecies both weigh in the neighborhood of to pounds to kilograms. Lions' manes confer a physical advantage. According to Saffoe, this built-in chain mail protects their necks, and it also serves as a reminder of the fact that male lions are pre-programmed for fighting.
Although combat experience would give veteran lions prowess, the social nature of these cats may ultimately be their biggest weakness in a brawl with a tiger. According to the Lion Research Center at the University of Minnesota, coalitions of two to three male lions usually fight as a group against territorial rivals, but tigers always go it alone.
Tigers can't. Maybe they are conditioned through their evolution never to depend on help from anyone else and always to go for the quick kill. Before we call it quits, might as well throw a few other cats into the ring. How would a South American jaguar fare against a lion or tiger? What about a leopard or cheetah?
By Saffoe's reckoning, the big cats rank as follows: it's a toss-up between tigers, jaguars and lions at the top, and following them, in order of higher to lower rank, would be leopards, cougars, snow leopards and cheetahs. The leopard holds the wild card. They're small but very powerful and capable fighters," Saffoe said.
Live Science. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer.Back to top. View in: Desktop. Home Forums Recruiting Pick'em LSU Football Schedule. Sign In Register. Page 2 of 4. Options Top. Replies 0. Tony Jaa long take. Replies 1. The last fight sequence in Kung Fu Hustle. Silly movie hilarious really and the fight scenes come from a real place of love for Kung Fu movies in general. Many great ones listed already.
Hero, fighting in the rain. I love this movie. Every fight scene in The Protector is awesome Thanos vs Hulk did such a great job of setting the tone for that movie Uma against Yakuza was fun.
Bourne Ultimatum The fight scene after Jason jumps across the alley into the window with the mixed guy assassin. Incredible stuff.Gladiator Coloseum Tiger fight scene MM
I have honestly always thought it was one of the best. Bourne v. Lethal Weapon. El Mattadorr Mississippi St. Fan Member since Mar posts. Fan The Lou Member since Apr posts. Bamatab Alabama Fan Member since Jan posts. Banshee had some of the best, and most brutal fight scenes out there. I'll try and link some when I get home from work firewall at work won't let me pull them up. But they are definitely worth watching. The Kingdom fight scene with Jennifer Garner. One of the most realistic "Bad arse chick" fight scenes.
She's getting destroyed by big boy, but somehow get's lucky by keeping her wits. Love this movie.People laughed. The first action scene, with its bodies sailing across rooftops gracefully, in ways that make an absolute mockery of earthly physics, looked strange and beautiful and alien.
Hence the laughter. It was more of a nervous titter. But still: People laughed. The wire effects of Crouching Tiger— the heroes who can basically fly—were nothing new to audiences in Hong Kong or China. Lee was telling us that we were entering a world where the rules were not the same, where fighters could drift slowly through the air and where nobody would act like that was a weird or unnatural thing.
It worked. It all worked. Crouching Tiger was a true experiment, an expansive and relatively big-budget epic, an action movie more concerned with delicate beauty than with blood-pumping intensity. It was put together by a motley pile of movie studios from four different countries the U. This was reportedly an issue for some Chinese audiences, but ignorant Westerners like me got to be swept up in the grandeur without that particular distraction. And even though it had no real precedent in America, the movie clicked, pulling in nine box-office figures and a whole mess of Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
Crouching Tiger is absolutely an action movie; its fight scenes, from the master choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping, are intricate and ambitious pieces of art, and the movie exists to showcase them, the same way every musical exists to showcase its song-and-dance numbers.
The movie agrees. Every bit as much as the Jane Austen adaptation that Lee made a few years earlier, Crouching Tiger is a movie about societal repression, about characters resolutely sacrificing their happiness, and sometimes their lives, to fulfill a set of societal expectations that they hold as sacred as anyone else.
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Chow remains one of the greatest action stars of all time, but before Crouching Tigerit was brashness and melodrama, not restraint and nobility, that were his calling cards. Lee brought something else out of him. In Crouching TigerChow is all stillness and dignity, maintaining his composure even as the world falls apart around him. But Chow radiates an absolutely resolute calm.On the anniversary of the film's release, and with a sequel coming next year, here are 15 things you might not know about Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
The actress modeled her characterYu Shu Lien, after Jane Lin, a microbiologist who has been married to Lee since They will be the greatest fight scenes ever written in cinema history. That would be Zhang Ziyi, who is from Beijing. In a career first, native Cantonese speaker Chow Yun-Fat was forced to do 28 takes because of language issues. In shooting one of the final scenes of the film, Yeoh had to cry for five hours straight. The crew got lost while shooting in the Gobi Desert.
A sandstorm came in after their second shot of the day.
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Their schedule was severely delayed when it incongruously rained heavily for days. Yeoh rehabbed in the States for three and a half weeks before returning to Beijing to shoot non-fighting scenes, then came back to America to continue progress.
She came back at the end of production to finish the movie, only at 80 percent strength. The first three days of filming proved pointless. Mostly it was the real actors, not their stunt doubles, who were on the trees and rooftops. The only CGI was removing the safety wires. The difference is the fan in Crouching Tiger was made of metal. Lists Movies Pop Culture.
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