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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and some sexuality.

PG-13 In Theaters 12/8/2000 , 119min.
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Plot & Details

Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee took a break from making Western period dramas to fashion this wild and woolly martial arts spectacular featuring special effects and action sequences courtesy of the choreographer of The Matrix (1999), Yuen Woo Ping. In the early 19th century, martial arts master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) is about to retire and enter a life of meditation, though he quietly longs to avenge the death of his master, who was killed by Jade Fox (Cheng Pei-pei). He gives his sword, a fabled 400-year-old weapon known as Green Destiny, to his friend, fellow martial arts wizard and secret love Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh), so that she may deliver it to Sir Te (Sihung Lung). Upon arrival in Peking, Yu happens upon Jen (Zhang Ziyi), a vivacious, willful politician's daughter. That night, a mysterious masked thief swipes Green Destiny, with Yu in hot pursuit -- resulting in the first of several martial arts action set pieces during the film. Li arrives in Beijing and eventually discovers that Jen is not only the masked thief but is also in cahoots with the evil Jade. In spite of this, Li sees great talent in Jen as a fighter and offers to school her in the finer points of martial arts and selflessness, an offer that Jen promptly rebukes. This film was first screened to much acclaim at the 2000 Cannes, Toronto, and New York film festivals and became a favorite when Academy Awards nominations were announced in 2001: Tiger snagged ten nods and later secured four wins for Best Cinematography, Score, Art Direction, and Foreign Language Film.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song James Schamus Nominated
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Tan Dun Nominated
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Ang Lee Nominated
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Bill Kong Nominated
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Foreign Language Film Ang Lee Won
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Jorge Calandrelli Nominated
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Ang Lee Nominated
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Tsai Kuo-Jung Nominated
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Hsu Li-kong Nominated
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Peter Pau Won
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Tim Yip Won
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Tim Yip Nominated
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay James Schamus Nominated
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score Tan Dun Won
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Wang Hui-Ling Nominated
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Tim Squyres Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Tim Squyres Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Tim Yip Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Michelle Yeoh Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Won
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Wang Hui-Ling Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Music Tan Dun Won
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Visual Effects Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Peter Pau Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Ang Lee Won
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Tsai Kuo-Jung Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay James Schamus Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Tim Yip Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Language Film Won
2000 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Tan Dun Nominated
2000 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Ang Lee Won

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award Ang Lee Won

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Peter Pau Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Tim Squyres Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Tim Yip Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Michelle Yeoh Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Won
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Wang Hui-Ling Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Music Tan Dun Won
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Visual Effects Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Peter Pau Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Ang Lee Won
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Tsai Kuo-Jung Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay James Schamus Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Tim Yip Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Peter Pau Won
2000 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Actress Zhang Ziyi Won
2000 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Original Score Tan Dun Won
2000 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Directors Guild of America Best Director Ang Lee Won

Hong Kong Film Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Hong Kong Film Awards Best Picture Won

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