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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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Yo-Yo Ma, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Yo Yo Ma: J. Henry Fair/Retna

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.