Welcome to 2K Replay, the home of the year 2000 in film. This month I’m revisiting the movie a friend at my fraternity paid tribute to with a desktop screensaver: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
• Best Scene/Moment: The sword fight between Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi.
• Best Food: A tie between Zhang Ziyi eating chicken in a cave and ordering shark fin soup in a restaurant.
• Best Song: “Farewell” by Tan Dun and Yo-Yo Ma
• Best Merch Available on eBay Right Now: A letter opener made to look like the Green Destiny sword complete with a scabbard for only $15!
• Double It with This 2000 Movie: Yi Yi (dir: Edward Yang)
• Year 2000 Movies to Trailer Before It: Romeo Must Die, Shanghai Noon, Charlie’s Angels
• Poster Score: Frameable
• Draft Day or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Draft Day
• Grab Bag Video:
This video game looks dope. I can’t wait for September 2003!
• How Did It Rent at Blockbuster? My memory is that it rented well but wasn’t ever completely out of stock. It’s probably because this was when people were just as excited about buying DVDs (it was a popular purchase). Also, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon had a hit theatrical and awards season run, so there appeared to be a minor level of burnout by the time of its home release.
• Mall Movie? Martial Arts movies typically are, but this was presented as being classy and arthouse (e.g. it’s a Sony Pictures Classics release). The mall might have gotten it post-Oscars at the end of its theatrical run.
• Only in 2000: The shuttery frame rate effect in the middle of some action sequences. For the most part, these scenes are beautifully staged in wide-angles and medium shots but occasionally there’s a few frames where it looks sped up or tweaked.
• I Miss: The days when a foreign-language martial arts movie could make over $128M domestically and become a zeitgeist conversation topic among moviegoers that usually didn’t see martial arts or foreign films.
• I Don’t Miss: Some of the wire-work in the action sequences. I think they’re great when the moves are smaller (hand-to-hand or sword fighting), but the whole flying across rooftops and trees hasn’t aged well.
• 2020 Crush: The courtship of Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-fat. There’s nothing more fetching than two damaged adults tentatively in love.
• What I Think in 2020: I still like it quite a bit. I wasn’t expecting it to hold up as well as it has. Good drama will always be good drama.