Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Although not a King Hu production, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon incorporates multiple examples of the “six degrees of King Hu.” Once working with the original film master, Cheng Pei-pei understood what it meant to play the part in a martial arts film. Under the guidance of the educated Ang Lee, this film used both bamboo fighting sequences on the top of the forest, as well as a lightweight, feather-like battle in the temple. Surprisingly, this film was focused around a mostly female cast as the lead. Both the protagonist and the dual antagonists were both female while the only other lead was the male protagonist counterpart, who still played a minor role respectively to the others. King Hu brought forth capable actors and directors of the martial arts film industry. Though not all of which may have been directly due to him, his work on prior films set the foundation for successful screenplays to be aired both nationally and internationally at festivals.

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