Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Original Title: 卧虎藏龙
Directed by: Ang Lee
Written by: Wang Hui-ling, James Schamus, Wang Dulu (Novel)
Cinematography: Peter Pau
Music by: Tan Dun
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, USA
Genres: Action, Drama, Romance
Duration: 120 min
Release Dates: 16 May 2000 (Cannes), 8 July (China), 10 Sept. (TIFF)
Filming Dates: August 1999 – December 1999
Filming Locations: China (Beijing, Chengde, Anhui, Xinjiang)

Synopsis:
The disappearance of a magical jade sword spurs a breathtaking quest for the missing treasure. Li is embittered by the loss of his jade sword, and his unrequited pursuit of Yu is further complicated by the mysterious intrusion of an assassin. The identity of the assassin is gradually unveiled as another poignant tale of love begins to ravel with that of Li and Yu against the backdrop of Western China’s magnificent landscape. -IMDb

Casting

Chow  Yun-Fat
Li Mu Bai

Michelle Yeoh
Yu Shu Lien

Zhang Ziyi
Jen Yu

Chang Chen
Luo Xiao Hu

Cheng Pei-Pei
Jade Fox
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♦ “Crouching tiger hidden dragon” is a quote from Chinese mythology. It refers to hiding your strength from others; advice which is followed too well by the characters in the film.
♦ The film is an adaptation of the fourth novel in a pentalogy, or five-novel cycle, known in China as the Crane/Iron Pentalogy and written by noted wuxia (kung-fu) novelist Du Lu Wang. The novels are “Crane Frightens Kunlun”, “Precious Sword, Golden Hairpin”, “Sword’s Force, Pearl’s Shine”, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, and “Iron Knight, Silver Vase”. Much of the story is not about Li Mu Bai and Yu Shu Lien; they are in fact secondary characters who only become important later in the series. When a comic-book adaptation of the fourth book in the pentalogy was slated, illustrator Andy Seto re-watched the film to get inspiration for how to depict the fight scenes.
♦ Jet Li was originally cast to play Li Mu Bai, but turned the part down to appear in Romeo Must Die. The role was next offered to Hong Kong singer/actor Leon Lai but he, too, turned it down.
♦ Ziyi studied calligraphy for several months along with her other training for the movie.
♦ Michelle Yeoh did not speak Mandarin, and the script was presented to her phonetically with help from Mandarin-speaking crew members – her Malaysian accent can be heard throughout. Yun-Fat Chow did speak Mandarin (his first language is Cantonese) but native Mandarin speakers thought his accent strained and overdone.
♦ Michelle Yeoh tore her ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) during the shooting of an early fighting sequence and had to be flown to the U.S. for knee surgery. She returned to the set at different times to film non-action scenes until the knee had recovered.
♦ In Chinese, Lo’s name is “Little Tiger”, and Jen’s name is “Gorgeous Dragon”.
♦ Tan Dun had only two weeks to compose and record the musical score.
♦ The Green Destiny Sword Li Mu Bai carries translates to Green Dark World Sword – a place where the dead go. The Mu in Li Mu Bai’s name translates to a kind of positive jealousy or longing – as in wanting something but probably never getting it.
♦ Taiwanese-born Hong Kong actress Qi Shu was originally cast in Ziyi Zhang’s role of Jen Yu and worked on the film for several weeks, until her agent pulled her from the movie to do a Pepsi commercial in Japan. She has since changed agents.
♦ The four main actors all spoke Mandarin, but with different accents. Yun-Fat Chow had a Cantonese accent, Michelle Yeoh had a Malaysian/English accent, Ziyi Zhang had a Beijing accent, and Chen Chang had a Taiwanese accent. Because of the difficulty some Chinese-speaking markets had with the voices, some markets actually had a dubbed version (into standard Mandarin) of the soundtrack.
♦ While Ziyi’s character is obviously highly trained & skillful in martial arts, the actress herself has never had any official martial arts training at all. Instead she uses her dance techniques to learn her moves in these scenes, as if they were a dance rather than a fight (which in terms of creating & filming them is actually not that far from the truth).
♦ Foreign language film nominated for Best Picture to date with the most number of Academy Award nominations.
♦ In 2001, this became the first foreign language film to earn over $100 million in the United States. —IMDb

Awards and Nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Result
2000 Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award Ang Lee Won
2000 Golden Rooster Awards Best Co-Production Film Nominated
2000 Bergen Film Festival Audience Award Ang Lee Won
2000 Ghent Film Festival Grand Prix Ang Lee Nominated
Georges Delerue Prize Tan Dun Won
2000 Golden Horse Film Festival Best Film Ang Lee Won
Best Director Ang Lee Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Hui-Ling Wang Nominated
Best Actress Michelle Yeoh Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
Best Art Direction Timmy Yip Nominated
Best Cinematography Peter Pau Nominated
Best Editing Tim Squyres Won
Best Visual Effects Leo Lo Won
Best Sound Effects Eugene Gearty Won
Best Original Score Tan Dun Nominated
Best Action Direction Woo-ping Yuen Won
2000 Camerimage Golden Frog Peter Pau Nominated
2000 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Foreign Film Won
Best Cinematography Peter Pau Won
2000 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
Best Director Ang Lee Won (2nd)
Best Actress Michelle Yeoh Won (2nd)
Best Supporting Actress Zhang Ziyi Won
2000 San Diego Critics Society Best Foreign Film Won (2nd)
Best Cinematography Peter Pau Won (2nd)
2000 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
Best Director Ang Lee Won (2nd)
Best Supporting Actress Zhang Ziyi Won (2nd)
Best Production Design Timmy Yip Won
Best Cinematography Peter Pau Won
Best Music Tan Dun Won
2000 National Board of Review Best Foreign Film Won
Top Foreign Films Won
2000 New York Critics Circle Awards Best Film Won (2nd)
Best Director Ang Lee Won (2nd)
Best Cinematography Peter Pau Won
2000 European Film Awards Screen International Award Ang Lee Won
2000 Chinese Film Media Awards Best Director Ang Lee Won
Top Ten Films Won
2001 Online Film Critics Society Best Film Nominated
Best Foreign Film Won
Best Director Ang Lee Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
Best Cinematography Peter Pau Won
Best Film Editing Tim Squyres Nominated
Best Original Score Tan Dun Nominated
2001 Florida Film Critics Best Foreign Film Won
Best Cinematography Peter Pau Won
2001 Southeastern Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film Won
2001 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Best Foreign Film Won
2001 Dallas-Fort Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film Won
Best Cinematography Peter Pau Won
2001 National Society of Film Critics Best Director Ang Lee Won (3rd)
2001 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress Michelle Yeoh Nominated
2001 Golden Trailer Awards Best Art and Commerce Alkemi Entertainment Won
Best Romance Alkemi Entertainment Won
Best Title Sequence Nominated
Best Action Alkemi Entertainment Nominated
Best Drama Alkemi Entertainment Nominated
Best Foreign Alkemi Entertainment Nominated
Best of Show Alkemi Entertainment Nominated
2001 Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Foreign Film Won
Best Film Editing Tim Squyres Nominated
2001 Golden Globes Best Foreign Film Won
Best Director Ang Lee Won
Best Original Score Tan Dun Nominated
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
Best Foreign Film Won
2001 Robert Festival Best Non-American Film Ang Lee Won
2001 Film Critics of Australia Awards Best Foreign Film Won
2001 London Critics Circle Film Awards Film of the Year Nominated
Foreign Film of the Year Won
Director of the Year Ang Lee Nominated
2001 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematographer Peter Pau Nominated
2001 Art Director Guild Best Production Design Timmy Yip Nominated
2001 American Cinema Editors Best Editing Tim Squyres Nominated
2001 BAFTA Awards Best Film Ang Lee Nominated
Best Foreign Film Ang Lee Won
Best Adapted Screenplay Hui-Ling Wang Nominated
Best Actress Michelle Yeoh Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
Best Production Design Timmy Yip Nominated
Best Cinematography Peter Pau Nominated
Best Editing Tim Squyres Nominated
Best Costume Design Timmy Yip Won
Best Makeup/Hair Yun-Ling Man Nominated
Best Visual Effects Leo Lo Nominated
Best Sound Eugene Gearty Nominated
David Lean Award Ang Lee Won
Anthony Asquith Award Tan Dun Won
2001 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
Best Foreign Film Ang Lee Won
Best Director Ang Lee Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
Best Cinematography Peter Pau Won
Best Original Score Tan Dun Won
Most Promising Actress Zhang Ziyi Won
2001 PGA Awards Producer of the Year Nominated
2001 Bodil Awards Best Non-American Film Ang Lee Won
2001 Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay Hui-Ling Wang Nominated
2001 Directors Guild of America Best Direction Ang Lee Won
2001 Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Picture Won
Best Director Ang Lee Won
Best Supporting Actress Zhang Ziyi Won
2001 Motion Picture Sound Editors Best Dialogue Eugene Gearty Won
Best Music Nominated
Best Sound Effects Eugene Gearty Nominated
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature Ang Lee Won
Best Director Ang Lee Won
Best Supporting Actress Zhang Ziyi Won
2001 Academy Awards Best Picture Ang Lee Nominated
Best Foreign Film Won
Best Adapted Screenplay Hui-Ling Wang Nominated
Best Art Direction Timmy Yip Won
Best Cinematography Peter Pau Won
Best Film Editing Tim Squyres Nominated
Best Costume Design Timmy Yip Nominated
Best Music Tan Dun Won
Best Original Song Tan Dun Nominated
2001 Chlotrudis Awards Best Movie Nominated
Best Director Ang Lee Won
Best Actress Michelle Yeoh Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Chang Chen Nominated
Best Cinematography Peter Pau Nominated
2001 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress Zhang Ziyi Won
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Best Action Team Chow Yun-Fat Nominated
2001 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Film of Merit Won
Special Achievement Award Woo-ping Yuen Won
2001 Hong Kong Film Awards Best Picture Won
Best Director Ang Lee Won
Best Screenplay Hui-Ling Wang Nominated
Best Actor Chow Yun-Fat Nominated
Best Actress Michelle Yeoh Nominated
Best Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Chang Chen Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Cheng Pei-pei Won
Best Art Direction Timmy Yip Nominated
Best Costume/Makeup Timmy Yip Nominated
Best Cinematography Peter Pau Won
Best Film Editing Tim Squyres Nominated
Best Action Choreography Woo-ping Yuen Won
Best Sound Design Eugene Gearty Won
Best Film Score Tan Dun Won
Best Film Song Coco Lee Won
2001 World stunt Awards Best Stunt Coordinator Woo-ping Yuen Nominated
2001 MTV Movie Awards Best Movie Nominated
Best Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
Best Fight Zhang Ziyi Won
2001 Academy of SF, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Action Film Won
Best Writing Hui-Ling Wang Nominated
Best Director Ang Lee Nominated
Best Actor Chow Yun-Fat Nominated
Best Actress Michelle Yeoh Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
Best Costumes Timmy Yip Nominated
Best Music Tan Dun Nominated
2001 Teen Choice Awards Best Performance Zhang Ziyi Nominated
2001 Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Won
2001 World Soundtrack Awards Discovery of the Year Tan Dun Nominated
2001 Australian Film Institute Best Foreign Film Ang Lee Won
2001 British Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Peter Pau Nominated
2001 Satellite Awards Best Foreign Film Won
Best Director Ang Lee Nominated
Best Art Direction Timmy Yip Nominated
Best Cinematography Peter Pau Nominated
Best Costume Design Timmy Yip Nominated
Best Film Editing Tim Squyres Nominated
Best Sound Eugene Gearty Nominated
2001 Amanda Awards Best Foreign Film Ang Lee Nominated
2001 Beijing Student Film Festival Best Visual Effects Won
2001 Bogey Awards Bogey Award Arthaus Distributor Won
2001 Empire Awards Best Film Nominated
Best Director Ang Lee Nominated
2001 Asian American Awards Best Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
Best Actor Chow Yun-Fat Nominated
2001 Hong Kong Film Festival Best Picture Ang Lee Won
2002 Grammy Awards Best Score Soundtrack Tan Dun Won
Best Song Tan Dun Nominated
2002 ASCAP Film Music Awards Top Box Office Films Tan Dun Won
2002 SF & Fantasy Writers of America Best Script Hui-Ling Wang Won
2002 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize Best Foreign Film Nominated