Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
DIRECTOR: ANG LEE
CAST: YUN-FAT CHOW, MICHELLE YEOH, ZIYI ZHANG
Outside of the Chinese diaspora community the pleasures of the wuxia had widely been unknown by more than a handful of Western connoisseurs. That all changed with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a kind of Greatest Hits reel that became a surprise sleeper classic, bolstered by lighter-than-air action sequences, a coterie of wild women warriors including Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, and Cheng Pei-pei, and a hefty dose of romantic longing. The kind of crossover charmer Chinese filmmakers have been trying to emulate ever since.