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'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' makes Time's 10 greatest films list

2012/05/18 16:57:02

Washington, May 17 (CNA) Taiwan-born film director Ang Lee's Oscar award-winning "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" has been selected by Time Magazine as one of the 10 greatest movies made since 2000.

The film, which Time film critic Richard Corliss praised as an "entrancing blend of Eastern physical grace and Western intensity of performance," is the only Chinese-language film to make Time's 10 Greatest Movies of the Millennium list.

"Crouching Tiger" is a movie of "gravity and buoyancy, of high art and higher spirits," Corliss wrote in a Time entry on the film.

While making his reputation with adult dramas of manners like "The Wedding Banquet" and "Sense and Sensibility," Corliss said, Lee was "a child, a fan of martial arts novels and movies screaming to get out." The two Lees, he said, meet and meld in "Crouching Tiger."

"It's contemplative and it kicks ass," as the actors "are navigating the murkier regions of personal responsibility and unspoken love" when they aren't "flying across roofs and balancing on treetops in fight scenes," Corliss wrote.

The film features an eclectic cast composed of performers from three movie eras -- pioneer kung-fu femme Cheng Pei-pei from the 1960s, Chow Yun-fat and Michelle Yeoh from Hong Kong's glorious 1980s, and bright young stars Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen.

The film, which ranks fourth on the Time's list, won the 2001 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and three other Academy awards.

Lee, who has a master's degree in film from New York University, clinched the Academy Award for best director in 2006 for his romantic drama "Brokeback Mountain," which ranks 10th among the highest-grossing romance films of all time.

Rounding out Time's 10 Greatest Movies of the Millennium are Wall.E (2008); The Lord of the Rings (2001-03); Avatar (2009); The White Ribbon (2009); The Hurt Locker (2009); Synecdoche, New York (2008); Devdas (2002); Moulin Rouge! (2001); and The Artist (2011).

(By Jay Chou and Sofia Wu)