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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

bigImage *NOTE: CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON was originally shot with 35mm cameras, and is being shown in 35mm on Large Format screens.

SYNOPSIS: Based on a novel by Wang Du Lu, CROUCHING TIGER starts with the revenge plot common in the wuxia stories that Lee loved as a child, then adds a feminist twist. Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) is a legendary martial artist who has decided to pass on his sword, the Green Destiny, to a friend. Soon afterwards, the sword is stolen by a masked female, setting in motion events that test the bonds of family, love, duty, and sisterhood. Chow appears with three generations of female stars: Cheng Pei Pei, a 1960s action heroine; Michelle Yeoh, the beauty queen turned 1980s action goddess; and newcomer Zhang Ziyi, who smolders as the princess who wants more than domestic tranquility. Famed action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping (THE MATRIX) stages jaw-dropping zero-G fights across rooftops, rivers, and bamboo trees, while Yo Yo Ma punctuates the fisticuffs with dramatic cello solos.

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Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Khan. Directed by Ang Lee. Produced by Ang Lee, Bill Kong and Li-Kong Hsu. Written by Hui Ling Wang, Kuo Jung Tsai, James Schamus, Kuo-Rong Tsai and Wang Hui Ling. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" By Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"All the Indies Were Kung Fu Fighting" By David Edelstein, Slate

"Western action, Eastern myth" By Bruce Kirkland, Toronto Sun

"Fear of Flying" By Amy Taubin, The Village Voice

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" By Ron Wells, Film Threat

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