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Music Review: 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'

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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. Chinese-American composer Tan Dun, celebrated for his classical and operatic writing, conceived an elegant and exciting body of East-West orchestral music for this graceful martial arts hit. 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 cliches and gravity, like the movie’s gymnastic mystics. B+