In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Come Drink with Me, we take a hard look at a more recent wuxia film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Set in the Qing Dynasty, legendary warrior Li Mu Bai decides to retire and bequeaths his sword Green Destiny to a friend in Beijing. However, when a thief steals the sword, and infamous outlaw Jade Fox appears, he and his compatriot Yu Shu Lien work together to apprehend Jade Fox and recover the Green Destiny. Directed by Ang Lee, this film reflects many elements pioneered by King Hu.  The fight between Jen and the various warriors takes place in a large tavern; this is an obvious throwback to King Hu’s tavern trilogy(Come drink with Me, Dragon Inn, and The Fate of Lee Khan). Lee also takes the bamboo forest scenec782e0b4f6e69889f0c26f105d77523d.png from A Touch of Zen and takes it to the next level by having Li Mu Bai and Jen visually flying through and atop the trees, rather than editing shots to create such an illusion. Another major scene occurs with Mu Bai’s first confrontation with Jade Fox(portrayed by film legend Cheng Pei-Pei) strongly resembles that of between Golden Swallow and Jade-Faced Tiger in Come Drink with Me.


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