Flying arts

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), directed by Ang Lee
Yi Yi (2000), directed by Edward Yang

It contains little more than some fanciful martial arts sequences that are more akin to dancing than fighting. But those sequences! The first fight scene in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon shows a woman chasing a thief across some rooftops. The characters run up the side of houses and make magical leaps from roof to roof. At the end, I was ready to applaud the amazing work of the actors and director Ang Lee, and the men and women who worked the wires. The other fight sequences are similarly fantastic. The finale features characters who, amazingly, are fighting on treetops.


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