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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes include courage and integrity. It's important to be grateful toward those who show you kindness and consideration.
Positive Role Models
The main characters value courage, honor, and integrity, often sacrificing their own needs for what they view as the greater good.
One of the first films to find success in the West that features an all-ethnically Chinese cast speaking in Mandarin. The film also breaks ground for featuring strong, brave female leads who can hold their own in a fight.
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Violence & Scariness
Frequent martial arts-style violence throughout. Characters fight with swords, bows and arrows, knives, spears, punches, and kicks. A character dies from a thrown blade stabbing him in the forehead. One death could be interpreted as suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In one scene, a woman's nipples are visible through her shirt. Two characters kiss while reclined; sex is strongly implied, but there's no nudity.
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A female lead character is called a "little whore."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine in one scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is an Oscar-winning action/drama movie directed by Ang Lee. The movie, true to the wuxia genre of Chinese martial arts fiction, features highly choreographed fight scenes and battles. Courage and sticking to one's values are strong themes throughout the film. While these battles are mostly bloodless, one character is killed by a blade to the forehead. Major characters are killed, and one death could be interpreted as suicide. Although women are treated as equal to or superior to men in judgment and combat, one expresses bitterness that she wasn't permitted to train as a warrior. A lead character is called a "little whore." In one scene, sex is strongly implied between two characters, although there's no nudity. In another scene, a woman's nipples are exposed through her wet shirt. Characters drink wine in one scene. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This film -- the story of two sets of star-crossed lovers who face enormous obstacles, both within themselves and imposed by the outside world -- is passionately romantic. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a thrilling adventure saga that dazzles with breathtaking landscapes, gorgeous costumes, and a magnificent score with music played by Yo-Yo Ma. It also has, unquestionably, some of the most brilliantly staged fight scenes shot on camera. Staged by Yuen Wo-Ping (of The Matrix), the duels are mesmerizingly graceful and more eloquent than dialogue.
The story in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is told with great subtlety and power, giving the film a mythical or dreamlike quality. Going beyond what most expect from wuxia, it delivers plenty of emotion and heartbreaking intimacy on top of the action and spectacle. This is thanks to the nuance and visual splendor director Ang Lee creates and to the strength of acting by some of East Asia's biggest stars.
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