Re: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

From: Technotranscendence (
Date: Tue Jan 02 2001 - 08:58:53 MST

On Monday, January 01, 2001 10:49 PM Hal wrote:
> I've been trying to think of an Extropian angle on this film, but I
> haven't had much luck.

Hey, I know this is an Extropian list, but not everything has an Extropian
angle -- or, at least, one that is interesting.

> I know we were all supposed to appreciate the
> Matrix for its intellectual explorations of the nature of reality and life
> in a virtual world, but if you liked it for the martial arts sequences,
> I highly recommend Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

I didn't appreciate "The Matrix" for that. After all, it's nothing more
than a rehash of Philip K. Dick or "Twilight Zone" episodes on that mark. I
did like the special effects and the action.

As for the Ang Lee film, it was much the same. The story was okay -- not up
to Lee's standards. (Compare it to "The Ice Storm" or "Sense and
Sensibility.") But the fight scenes took martial arts films to the next
level as you point out elsewhere. The only thing that I can think of that
is close are anime martial arts. (I just saw "Princess Mononoke" and some
of the fight scenes had that feel.)

> This movie takes martial arts action to the next level. Characters in
> Crouching Tiger run up walls, across water, and leap hundreds of feet
> through the air,

It was more like dozens of feet.:)

Other than that, I did not find the characters all that convincing. A
beautifully done film with some serious flaws.

Happy New Day!

Daniel Ust

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