Sony Classics is bringing “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” back to theaters in the United States and Canada in 4K.
First announced on Jan. 6 by Sony Pictures Classics, the 2000 wuxia film from legendary Taiwanese director Ang Lee will be returning to the big screen on Friday, Feb. 17. The re-release will offer fans a fresh viewing experience as an ultra-high-definition remaster. It is unclear how long “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” will remain in U.S. and Canadian theaters after the premiere, as Sony Pictures Classics only notes that the movie will be available “for a limited engagement.”
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Directed by Lee with a screenplay by Wang Hui-ling, James Schamus and Tsai Kuo-jung, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” takes place during the 19th century Qing Dynasty.
The high-flying martial arts heroes story follows Li Mu Bai’s (Chow Yun-fat) request to Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh), whom he has had feelings for since before her marriage to his long-time friend, to deliver his fabled 400-year-old sword, called the Green Destiny, to Sir Te (Lang Sihung) in Beijing.
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” won numerous awards and nominations in the year following its release, including winning Best Foreign Language Film and being nominated for Best Picture at the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001. All of this was achieved on a reported $17 million budget — the film made more than $217 million globally.
The film’s screenplay was adapted from the 1940s serialized novel of the same name written by Wang Dulu.
The film’s re-release comes just as Yeoh has recently earned numerous awards and nominations for her performance in A24’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”