Friday, November 18, 2016
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
After watching the film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon I noticed quite a few elements that drew on inspiration from King Hu's films. One of them was the bamboo forest fight sequence where Jen and Li Mu Bai are gracefully gliding through the trees. That particular scene is similar to the bamboo scene from A Touch of Zen. In A Touch of Zen we saw the characters run along the base of the bamboo trees to the top and then dive down from the top of the three to attack. Similarly in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, we see the characters run along to the top of the bamboo trees. However, they stay suspended among the tops branches and fight in the air not the ground. Li Mu Bai did do some sort of dive attack against Jen, as the branches bent towards the ground and they continued to cross swords. That sequence was characteristic of King Hu's diving attack scenes he filmed.