Two veteran Wudan fighters (Yun-Fat and Yeoh) in 19th-century China recognize their passion for each other while tracking down a vengeful master criminal (Pei-Pei) and her protege (the exciting Ziyi). A martial arts love story that satisfies on both accounts. The emotional impact of the romance is as real and true as the choreographed fight scenes are spectacular and graceful. The film's overt feminism flies (literally) in the face of its patriarchal setting, yet doesn't seem a bit out of place. The extraordinary battle scenes were choreographed by Yuen Wo-Ping, who performed the same duties for "The Matrix." Mandarin with subtitles.
Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL: http://www.spe.sony.com, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 120 minutes.
Oscars 2000: Art Dir./Set Dec., Cinematog., Foreign Film, Orig. Score; Australian Film Inst. 2001: Foreign Film; British Acad. 2000: Director (Lee), Foreign Film, Score; Directors Guild 2000: Director (Lee); Golden Globes 2001: Director (Lee), Foreign Film; Ind. Spirit 2001: Director (Lee), Film, Support. Actress (Ziyi); L.A. Film Critics 2000: Cinematog., Film, Score; Natl. Bd. of Review 2000: Foreign Film; N.Y. Film Critics 2000: Cinematog.; Broadcast Film Critics 2000: Foreign Film.
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