Li Mu Bai (Yun-Fat Chow) leaves his training to return to the love
of his life Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) but they haven't told each
other of their feelings yet, although whenever they look in each
other's eyes they dribble visibly.
Mu Bai returns his ("Green Destiny") sword but it is stolen
by Jen Yu (Mandarin version)/Xiou Long (English dubbed version)
(played by Ziyi Zhang) - she is an accomplished fighter whom Li
Mu Bai offers training at Wudan.
wire fighters in this movie have all of the elegance of a very drunk
Superman with weights on his ankles."
fighting just looks like they're being pulled up on wires to me.
I much prefer the elegance of Peter Pan - arms outstretched and
legs tight behind - second on the right and straight on till morn..."
movie wafted me back in time to whence I was a child. I played with
the marionettes my great grandfather left me in his bucket. I never
quite got the knack (couldn't be bothered, to be honest) of making
them walk to the left and then to the right, so made them fly across
the stage, mostly to the annoyance of my elderly audience. How wrong
my critics were! If only I had kept that performance going I might
have won an Oscar for staging the wirefighting in this movie!"
of the fighting scenes really do need to be slowed down a little."
find it most hypnotic, watching the English version and then seeing
the subtitles. A master class in how to dub a movie. Although, on
the downside, I now get dizzy at the slightest attempt to do a spinning
Mu Bai is poisoned by a stray dart from Jade Fox. The antidote is
not found in time so there's lots of time for our heroes to look,
yearningly, into each other's eyes. Jen Yu comes back on side and
goes to find an antidote after Jade Fox is killed.
the lovers, who shoulda told of their love before now in any case,
are parted in the most unfortunate of tear jerky ways.
small masterpiece. A beautifully shot picture filled with love's
unspokenness. Not really as visually stunning as the Last Emperor,
but it is beautiful none the less, and highly emotional.
timeless tale of love amongst warriors (a man and a woman). But,
then, one of the should be lovers dies in the most tragic of slow
motion ways. For a lover to die like that is one thing, for a proud
warrior to go all floppy like that is nothing short of a disaster.
From superbly competent, vigorous, fighter, our hero is incapacitated
to nothing short of Sunday-morning in-bed-lie-in levels of activity,
but without the coffee, croissants and newspapers strewn all over
the place. And then he croaks it. Not a dry eye in the house!
triumphant movie which at the time was much acclaimed. In truth
the movie is good, although not great. The wirefighting is very
artificial, almost to parody standards, offering little feeling
of flight, but at least you can't see the strings!