A Case For Better Action Movies: CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY (2016)
As the 1990's drew huge fervor in Western audiences for Hong Kong cinema with Jackie Chan and Jet Li crossovers, director Ang Lee helped pave the way for Asian cinema ina fashion hugely rewarding. The award-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, released in 2000, achieves some of the highest marks in wuxia filmmaking with a story that brilliantly taps into its source material with a sense of substance and quality that bookmarks it as one of the most memorable movies in history. Surely, the film mingles differently among moviegoers as do all, but the majority on this one is quite certain with Lee's signature vision setting a visible standard in artful storytelling and drama based on Chinese folklore.
*For the record, my thoughts on this film are based solely on my viewing of the film in its original English audio for a better analysis of the film and its performances from the cast. Netflix does allow the option of watching it in Mandarin all the same, and how the film fares then is entirely up to you.