Friday, November 11, 2016
A change of pace from the normal King Hu films, this time we watched Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a film made in 2000.
After watching so many King Hu films, or rather, pre-2000 wuxia style films, seeing extremely choreographed fight scenes combined with state-of-the-art special effects made me really appreciate what the whole wuxia genre has finally become after so many years of experimentation and refining. On top of having an interesting story and cast, the cinematography was also really beautiful and left me in awe with some of the scenery/sequences.
With this film too, I realized that I had indadvertedly become a fan of the whole wuxia genre, if not being able to appreciate it a whole lot more. The fight scenes in here, though some of them really did have like moon-like gravity sequences, were all really well done, and I sat in awe watching the warriors on the screen fight. It was so well done, I could nearly mistake it to be real. My favorite scenes were probably the chase in the castle walls and the large fight scene that came before it. Both were really well done, and I was not able to tear my eyes away from the screen. None can forget the unforgettable bamboo grove fight scene either, that too was amazing.
If anyone is a fan of a good story with a wuxia twist, or even someone interested into getting into the genre, I would definitely recommend Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.