Crouching Tiger

Topics: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ang Lee, Combat Pages: 2 (614 words) Published: April 28, 2013
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a film based in the Qing dynasty during the 1770’s, in the time of the reign of the Wianlong Emperor. Li Mu Bai is a trained Wudang Swordsman. In the past, Jade Fox, a powerful woman who sought to learn Wudang fighting skills, murdered his master. Mu Bai, intending to give up his warrior life, asks Shu Lien to transport his sword, also referred to as the Green Destiny, to the city of Peking, as a gift for their friend Sir Te. One evening, a masked thief sneaks into Sir Te's estate and steals the sword. Mu Bai and Shu Lien trace the theft to Governor Yu's compound and learn that Jade Fox has been posing as Jen's governess for many years. Fox challenges the pair and Sir Te's servant Master Bo to a showdown that night. Following a protracted battle, the group is on the verge of defeat when Mu Bai arrives and out fights Fox. Before Mu Bai can kill Fox, the masked thief reappears and partners with Fox to fight. Fox resumes the fight and kills Tsai before fleeing with the thief. After seeing Jen fight Mu Bai, Fox realizes Jen had been secretly studying the Wudang manual and has surpassed her in skill. At night, a desert bandit named Lo breaks into Jen's bedroom and asks her to leave with him. However, Jen refuses to leave with him. Later, Lo interrupts Jen's wedding procession, begging her to come away with him. Nearby, Shu Lien and Mu Bai convince Lo to wait for Jen at Wudan Mountain, where he will be safe from Jen's family, who are furious with him. Jen runs away from her husband on the wedding night before the marriage could be consummated. Jen visits Shu Lien, who tells her that Lo is waiting for her at Wudang Mountain. After an angry dispute, the two women engage in a duel. Wielding the Green Destiny, Jen destroys each weapon that Shu Lien wields until losing to a broken sword held at her neck. When Shu Lien shows mercy and lowers the sword, Jen injures Shu Lien's arm. Fox suddenly reappears and...
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