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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Review


Excellent
If you thought the only real place for gravity-defying fight scenes was The Matrix, think again. One of today's most diverse directors, Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm), has not only found the perfect venue for such combat - the classic samurai movie - but has injected his action with poetry and meaning. In Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, stars like Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh gracefully zip through the air in this breathtaking Chinese fable about love, loyalty, and destiny.

It's tough not to get a kick out of this operatic movie. There's fateful romance, legendary themes of honor and determination, strong heroines, and, oh yeah, that butt-kicking action.

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The Wedding Banquet Review


Excellent
Love is never easy, especially when you're a closeted homosexual and your parents travel 8,000 miles to attend your sham wedding while your lover nervously assumes the role of bogus best man. That may sound like a setup for a screwball farce, but The Wedding Banquet turns out to be a thoughtful and ultimately deeply moving story about family ties, tradition, and acceptance. As the film that put writer/director Ang Lee on the map, it's a must-see for anyone who's enjoyed his subsequent work, especially Eat Drink Man Woman and The Ice Storm, both equally powerful meditations on damaged families with serious communication issues.

Though much of the dialogue in The Wedding Banquet is in Chinese, the action takes place in New York. Taiwanese expatriate Wai-Tung (Winston Chao) is living a fast-paced Manhattan life as a budding real estate wheeler-dealer. He lives in a lovely Greenwich Village townhouse with his affable doctor boyfriend Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein). Wai-Tung's biggest problem: The constant long-distance phone calls from his parents (Ah Lei Gua and Sihung Lung) wondering when their beloved only son is finally going to get married.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie Review

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie Review

If you thought the only real place for gravity-defying fight scenes was The Matrix, think...

The Wedding Banquet Movie Review

The Wedding Banquet Movie Review

Love is never easy, especially when you're a closeted homosexual and your parents travel 8,000...

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