The disappearance of a magical jade sword spurs a breathtaking quest for the missing treasure. Li (Chow Yun-Fat) is embittered by the loss of his jade sword, and his unrequited pursuit of Yu (Michelle Yeoh) is further complicated by the mysterious intrusion of an assassin. The identity of the assassin is gradually unveiled as another poignant tale of love begins to ravel with that of Li and Yu against the backdrop of Western China's magnificent landscape.
Crouching Tiger achieves what all great films must. Whatever your viewpoint, it is transcendent — a cinematic wonder that exceeds the necessities of plot. A martial arts opus packed with emotional resonance. A foreign language film that kicks arse.
Reviewed by Ian Nathan
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