Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: A Portrait of the Ang Lee Film

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HarperCollins, Dec 4, 2000 - Performing Arts - 144 pages
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The winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Foreign-Language Film, Art Direction, Cinematography, and Original Music.

To coincide with the Sony Pictures Classics release—this elegantly illustrated moviebook captures the beauty, spirit, and extraordinary talents behind what TimeAsia heralded as an "instant classic...a rule-bending master-piece that weds martial arts with sense and sensibility." The latest film from Sense and Sensibility director is an epic love story and a thrilling action drama set against the breathtaking landscapes of ancient China, filmed entirely on location. Based on a five-volume Chinese novel by Wang Du Lu, the project was scripted by Wang Hui Ling (Eat Drink Man Woman), James Schamus (The Ice Storm), and Tsai Kuo Jung. Marking Ang Lee's first Chinese-language feature since 1994, the film is punctuated by beautifully choreographed fight scenes and dazzling stunts masterminded by Yuen Wo-Ping, who worked on The Matrix. The actors include the two most popular Asian actors in the world, Chow Yun Fat (Anna and the King, The Replacement Killers) and Michelle Yeoh (Supercop, Tomorrow Never Dies).

The Newmarket book includes the screenplay, stunning full-color photographs before and behind the cameras, interviews and notes with filmmakers, features on the history and tradition of martial arts storytelling and filmmaking, and articles by Time's Richard Corliss and world renowned film scholar David Bordwell.

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About the author (2000)

James Schamus is the CEO of Focus Features as well as a Professor in Columbia University's School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory. His script for The Ice Storm (which Ang Lee directed) won the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Ang Lee won the Academy AwardŽ for Best Director for Brokeback Mountain and also received an OscarŽ nomination for directing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (from the script by James Schamus).

Schamus and Lee have also collaborated as writer and director on Lust, Caution; Hulk; Ride with the Devil; Eat, Drink, Man, Woman; The Wedding Banquet; and Pushing Hands.

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