Yo Yo Ma: J. Henry Fair/Retna
Josef Woodard
January 15, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
120 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/08/00
Wide Release Date
12/22/00
performer
Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat, Ziyi Zhang, Chang Chen
director
Ang Lee
Producers
Good Machine
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Wang Hui-Ling, Tsai Kuo Jung, James Schamus
genre
Historical, ActionAdventure, Foreign Language

We gave it a B+

One way to refresh the bank of film scoring ideas is to hire outside the ranks of usual suspects. For the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon music, Chinese American composer Tan Dun, celebrated for his classical and operatic writing, conceived an elegant and exciting body of East West orchestral music. Cellist Yo Yo Ma is sometimes a melodic protagonist, and CoCo Lee sings the theme song, ”A Love Before Time.” But the hero is Tan, whose evocative score defies clichés and gravity, like the movie’s gymnastic mystics.

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