Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A faithful heart makes wishes come true...

This post is part of Nathaniel's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" series in which the participants must post a single image from a movie he or she deems as the "best shot" for any particular reason.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a film brimming with brilliance--epic story, gorgeous cinematography, captivating action sequences, amazing actors. Which is why it's no surprise that after 15 years, it has held up so incredibly well and is still one of the most popular and well-regarded foreign film in the US.

In terms of MVP though, it's all about Zhang Ziyi. For someone so small, she has immense screen presence and the film took real advantage of this. Just look at her face...

And so while I love the whole film, my favorite part is probably the 10-minute flashback where we learn more about Ziyi's Jen and her lost love Lo (charmingly played by Chang Chen). It's a fantastic sequence that begins with their confrontational meet cute in a stark desert environment leading up to their time in the dark enclosed cave where we finally see Jen let her hair down. My pick for best shot comes toward the end of this flashback...

Best Shot

Like their time in the cave, this shot just feels so romantic in its composition and coloring. But since they're riding off to reunite Jen with her family, it's also bittersweet. It's a beautiful ending to this memorable sequence and is just one of the things that will keep this movie as timeless as it already is.

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