As of 2015, Arthur Golden remains a one-hit wonder, with no other books published. Geisha was adapted into a visually lush film in 2005, directed by Rob Marshall (). It reunited Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon stars ZhangZiyi and Michelle Yeoh as Sayuri and her mentor, Mameha, along with Gong Li as Sayuri's fierce rival, Hatsumomo (none of whom, it's worth noting, is Japanese—something that caused the movie its own controversy).
Wong kar-wai's movie, which opens this year's Berlin film festival, is less Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and much more a study of ideas and textures
Russell Crowe, Julia Roberts and Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon have come out on top in the online poll in which 10,000 movie fans voted in every Academy Award category
Everyone predicted it, and it came to pass: this was Gladiator's year, not by a landslide but by a very substantial showing, beating Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in the glam categories, writes Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a thrilling, romantic epic full of action and adventure. The film is directed by Ang Lee and is based on the novel Crane Iron Pentalogy by Wang Dulu. It is a story showing events that take place in QING China. It was a period when the people believed in spirits. It was a time when supernatural phenomena such as gods, spirits and miracles were present among in the life of man. The film attracts both a western audience and the indigenous, Asian audience. The use of the Asian mother tongue however, makes it more appealing to the Asian audience and can easily relate and familiarize with the story.
In other aspects it reminds me of war over clans or in humanities perspective war to over take another countries boundaries similar to Germany trying to take over most of Europe just like in Crouching Tiger Jade Fox and her clan were making themselves superior and known to every other clan.
Bob and Harvey Weinstein are planning a Lord of the Rings style series of fantasy films based on the series of novels that inspired Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Philip French: It is all very graceful, but inconsequential. Hero eschews the mysticism of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon but it lacks that film's magic and moral power
Philip French: ...it deserves to find as large an audience in Britain as did his compatriot Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is the most exhilarating martial arts movie I have seen. It stirred even the hardened audience at the 8:30 a.m. press screening at Cannes last May. There is a sequence near the beginning of the film involving a chase over rooftops, and as the characters run up the sides of walls and leap impossibly from one house to another, the critics applauded, something they rarely do during a film, and I think they were relating to the sheer physical grace of the scene. It is done so lightly, quickly, easily.
Fight scenes in a martial arts movie are like song-and-dance numbers in a musical: After a certain amount of dialogue, you're ready for one. The choreography of the action scenes in "Crouching Tiger" was designed by Yuen Wo-Ping, whose credits include "," and who understands that form is more important than function. It's not who wins that matters (except to the plot, of course); it's who looks most masterful.
There's also a competition to find unlikely settings for martial arts scenes. In "Legend of Drunken Master," the recently re-released movie, a bed of glowing coals is suspended in the air next to an elevated factory railway. Why? So Chan can fall into them. In "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," Lee and Wo-Ping give us a scene of startling daring and beauty, when two protagonists cling to the tops of tall, swaying trees and swing back and forth during a sword fight.
The film stars and , veteran martial arts stars who have extraordinary athletic abilities (as Jackie Chan and many of the other stars of the genre also do). Two other key characters are played by (as Jen Yu) and (as Jade Fox). Long rehearsal and training went into their scenes, but what's unusual about "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is the depth and poetry of the connecting story, which is not just a clothesline for action scenes, but has a moody, romantic and even spiritual nature.
And that’s because, under the classical trappings of wu xia films, adorned with some of the most elegantly choreographed, performed, and shot martial-arts sequences the genre has ever seen, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a dance film. It’s also a wu xia film, but its singular success at the international box office likely stems from how Ang Lee was able to take the most exclusive tropes of such movies and imbue their physical fluidity with a uniquely emotional resonance, allowing his film to both respect the tradition from which it came (and the Wang Du Lu novel from which it was adapted) and appeal to Western audiences. In Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, violence is less about victory and defeat than it is the expression of self-image; the film tells a Chinese story, but has an indivisibly American spirit.