High Flying Kung Fu (高飞功夫)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sets the standard for outstanding martial arts movies. It also wins the award for coolest movie title. Being a film student, watching foreign films is kind of something you have to do. I certainly don’t mind watching them. It’s just something I don’t do unless the movie is worth watching. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one of a few foreign films that were good enough to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It was definitely worth it. It’s even been called the most influential foreign film of all time. Thanks to the fact that Taiwanese director Ang Lee is just as well known in China as he is in America. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is about a sword called the “Green Destiny.” Li Mu Bai (played by Chow Yun-Fat) gives the sword to a close friend, because he wants to be closer to female warrior Shu Lien (played by Michelle Yeoh). Jen (played by Zhang Ziyi) is the daughter of a governor who is arranged to be married. The three of them meet on the same day that the sword is stolen by a mysterious masked warrior. What I like most about the movie is the girl power. Shu Lien is an exceptional fighter and Jen is (surprisingly) a total badass. The martial arts fighting is so graceful, majestic, and somehow they’re able to fly. It’s also a beautiful film to look at. All of which is supported by a story that tries a lot harder than it had to. If you’re the kind of person who never watches foreign language movies, watch Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I guarantee you’ll love it!

Li Mu Bai (left) and Jen (right) fight in the trees

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