I’ve seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon before, but after learning and watching quite a few of King Hu films, now I have a new-found appreciation for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon that I didn’t have before. While watching this film, I could not help but notice all the King Hu elements in the film.
The first King Hu touch that I jumped out at me is the roof-top running:
Another King Hu touch I noticed is the bamboo forest fighting sequence.
The beautiful use of scenery, especially in the intro sequence of the film which is a common King Hu trait.
The journey: Typically in the middle of no-where and sometimes to an unknown location.
The use of weapons. Flexible, bendy swords and the ‘poison’ needle.
Ang Lee’s use of wuxia in this film is such an amazing contribution to King Hu. The fight sequences were so well choreographed that it reminded me of King Hu’s remarks on fighting. He says that his fight sequences are more of like a dance between the opponents rather than an actual fight and it seems like Ang Lee was thinking of the same words when making this film. Another amazing contribution that Ang Lee did is the casting of Cheng Pei-Pei in the film. It was definitely exciting to see Pei-Pei make an appearance with the knowledge that she is King Hu’s first original actress.