IRON DRAGON TV – NEW PROMO
I genuinely believe “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is a masterpiece, the magic of which may never be seen again.
For some reason the planets all aligned during the making of the film. Ang Lee opted to direct a wuxia film, a bold and interesting choice. He cast a non-martial artist in a critical role (Chow Yun Fat) and cast a newcomer in another (Zhang Ziyi). He threw in a nod to the 80′s/90′s in the shape of Michele Yeoh and a severe nod to the old school in Cheng Pei-Pei.
Yuen Woo Ping came on board as fight choreographer, a man who hadn’t choreographed a film in four years and, even then, it was the outlandishly exuberant “Tai Chi 2″. Woo Ping wasn’t exactly known for his cinematic tact and yet, somehow, he was the perfect fit for “Crouching Tiger…”. Lee obviously reined him in and turned Woo Ping’s typically garish (if not fun) action direction in masterful art.
Peter Pau, whose previous film was “Bride of Chucky”, provided the cinematography. Granted, the man had a handful of stylish Hong Kong fantasy-action films under his belt, but nothing as serene and enchanting as “CTHD”.
All these elements came together and created what might actually be the most perfect kung fu film ever made.
Even Zhang Yimou’s exceedingly good (and beautiful) “Hero” falls slightly behind Ang Lee’s vision, in my eyes.
It shouldn’t have worked. Interest in period kung fu cinema was waning. Modern actioners were on the rise.
I don’t really know why “CTHD” is so magic. A mixture of all these imperfections (or cinematic question marks, at least) somehow lead to a film that, for me, encapsulates the resonance of undying love, the fantastical and a true visual poetry.
I fucking love this film. It’s what draws me to cinema. It’s everything I look for in a movie. It’s art.
And I truly believe there will never be another film like it. There have been some contenders but “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” still proudly wears the crown. It might actually be flawless.
Jet Li vs. Yasuaki Kurata – Fist Of Legend (1994)