Ang Has Sprung

With Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ang Lee reinvents the martial arts movie for the art house crowd

It is ironic that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- which, in a poor field of competitors, is shaping up as one of the year's best films -- may well be least enthusiastically received among diehard fans of its genre. What appears striking and new to most audiences is likely to be less riveting to those who have loved this form of cinema for years.

Art house action: Zhang Ziyi as Jen in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Chan Kam Chuen
Art house action: Zhang Ziyi as Jen in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

In truth, if longtime fans try to look objectively at Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, they will see a first-rank entry in the field, worthy of comparison to its forebears. And they should welcome anything that brings attention to their beloved genre. Meanwhile, the rest of you should go see Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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