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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

I thought this was the kind of movie where anything you say about it will give too much of it away, so if you havenıt seen it and donıt want to know how it ends, you might not want to read my review.

Most reviews that I read about this movie said that it was a story about Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) and their quest to recover a sword called the Green Destiny, but I thought it was really about the girl, Jen Yu (Zhang Ziyi), and - okay, I wanted to say something really deep and insightful about the overarching theme of the movie, but Iım not an English major. Anyway, the point is that unlike other Kung Fu movies this one is actually ABOUT something. (The moral of the story is: Donıt fall in love with a Mongol. )

There were 3 major fight scenes in this movie and a bunch of other ones. The first one is mostly between Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi and takes place at night inside a courtyard. It kind of felt like a scene from a Playstation game. The third one is also mostly between Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi and takes place inside Michelle Yeohıs house. This sword, the Green Destiny, is the kind of sword that in the right hands can slice through anything, and boy does Zhang Ziyi take advantage of that (it has zero point control though). She keeps slicing through whatever weapon Michelle Yeoh is using on her. Stone floors get smashed to smithereens. Zhang Ziyi flies off at the end to fight Chow Yun Fat in the treetops. The second fight scene is, like, the best scene of the whole movie. Zhang Ziyi lays waste to an entire restaurant full of thugs as the Invincible Sword Goddess.

I saw this movie twice. The first time I saw it I got to the ending and thought, Huh? What kind of an ending is that?. The second time I saw it, the ending made a lot more sense and I was totally bawling. I had to apologise to Owen for crying at the end of a Kung Fu movie, but like I said, this isnıt just any Kung Fu movie, it actually has like a plot and characters and motivations and stuff. It was a lot better than Gladiator.

Score: Five Pints

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