DVD 120 mins IMDB 8.2 (61,563 votes) top 250: #115
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2000)
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Taiwan  /  Mandarin

Yun-Fat Chow Master Li Mu Bai (as Chow Yun Fat)
Michelle Yeoh Yu Shu Lien (Mandarin version)/Yu Xiu Lien (English dubbed version)
Ziyi Zhang Jen Yu (Mandarin version)/Jiao Long (English dubbed version) (as Zhang Ziyi)
Chen Chang Lo 'Dark Cloud' (Mandarin version)/Xiou Hu 'Dark Cloud' (English dubbed version)
Sihung Lung Sir Te (Mandarin version)/Be-La-Ye (English dubbed version)
Pei-pei Cheng Jade Fox (Mandarin version)/Be-Ah-Hui 'Jade Fox' (English dubbed version)
Fa Zeng Li Governor Yu
Xian Gao Bo, Sir Te's head servant (Mandarin version)/Yo-Shi (English dubbed version)
Yan Hai Madame Yu
De Ming Wang Police Inspector Tsai/Prefect Cai Qiu
Zhang Ziyi Jen
Chang Chen Lo
Cheng Pei-Pei Jade Fox
Chow Yun Fat
Cheng Pei Pei
Lung Sihung
Li Li May (as Li Li)
Su Ying Huang Auntie Wu
Jin Ting Zhang De Lu
Rei Yang Maid
Kai Li Gou Jun Pei
Chow Yun-Fat
Michele Yeoh

Director Ang Lee
Producer William Kong; Ang Lee; Bill Kong
Writer Du Lu Wang; Hui-Ling Wang; Tsai Kuo Jung; Wang Hui Ling; James Schamus; Kuo Jung Tsai
Cinematography Peter Pau
Musician Jorge Calandrelli; Yong King; Dun Tan
User Credit 1 Tim Squyres
User Credit 2 Timmy Yip

Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee took a break from making Western period dramas to fashion this wild and woolly martial arts spectacular featuring special effects and action sequences courtesy of the choreographer of The Matrix (1999), Yuen Woo Ping. In the early 19th century, martial arts master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) is about to retire and enter a life of meditation, though he quietly longs to avenge the death of his master, who was killed by Jade Fox (Cheng Pei-pei). He gives his sword, a fabled 400-year-old weapon known as Green Destiny, to his friend, fellow martial arts wizard and secret love Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh), so that she may deliver it to Sir Te (Sihung Lung). Upon arrival in Peking, Yu happens upon Jen (Zhang Ziyi), a vivacious, willful politician's daughter. That night, a mysterious masked thief swipes Green Destiny, with Yu in hot pursuit — resulting in the first of several martial arts action set pieces during the film. Li arrives in Beijing and eventually discovers that Jen is not only the masked thief but is also in cahoots with the evil Jade. In spite of this, Li sees great talent in Jen as a fighter and offers to school her in the finer points of martial arts and selflessness, an offer that Jen promptly rebukes. This film was first screened to much acclaim at the 2000 Cannes, Toronto, and New York film festivals and became a favorite when Academy Awards nominations were announced in 2001: Tiger snagged ten nods and later secured four wins for Best Cinematography, Score, Art Direction, and Foreign Language Film. — Jonathan Crow

Edition Details
Barcode 043396059900
Region Region 1
Chapters 28
Release Date 2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Martial arts violence and some sexuality.
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Trivia: The Green Destiny Sword Li Mu Bai carries translates to Green Dark World Sword - a place where the dead go. The Mu in Li Mu Bai's name translates to a kind of positive jealousy or longing - as in wanting something but probably never getting it. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: During the fight between Yu Shu Lien and Xiou Long many floor tiles are smashed by Shu Lien. After Shu Lien discards her heavy metal weapon and continues to fight, the tiles appear repaired. (more)

Quotes: Li Mu Bai: Even if I was banished to the darkest place, my love will never let me be a lonely spirit. (more)

Awards: Won 4 Oscars. Another 70 wins & 84 nominations (more)