72. CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
dir. Ang Lee
world premiere 2000
U.S. release 2000
Because I find the mix of wuxia with sentimental romantic drama interesting and honest, given Lee's established
strengths and point of view. I don't find either facet of the film dulled by the other, and indeed, the women's expressions of
poignant restraint, unbridled anger, and fuming desire make some of the strongest impressions to be found anywhere in Lee's body of work.