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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is a movie that is a stunning visual masterpiece The story opens as the legendary swordsman Li Mu Bai Chow Yun-Fat travels to visit Yu Shu Lien Michelle Yeoh Hes decided to give up his days as a warrior and he gives his sword the Green Destiny to Shu Lien The legendary sword is eventually stolen by a masked figure and Li Mu Bai Shu Liens frustrated romance becomes even more conflicted when they discover the secret of a young princess named Jen Zhang Ziyi and her lover Lo Chang Chen One premise the film is built upon concerns tradition through which director Ang Lee uses film techniques to present this effect Tradition is expressed through the ways Jen is oppressed by its confines the relations between Jen and Lo that are repressed and how Li Mu Bai is empowered by its guidance Tradition cleaves Jen from her fighting talents Jens parents force her to marry but carry no parental role Lee restricts their presence in the film and so isolates the tradition they carry Further Lee contrasts Jens behavior as a fighter with her conduct at her parents home The homes silent rooms plain walls and the servants clothing are symbols of Jens restricted future for Jen is no fighter at home as she writes calligraphy and drinks tea Lee captures such contrast to suggest that tradition oppresses Jen because it confines her But Jen breaks these confines In place of her family she adopts Jade Fox as her mother and Shu Lin as her sister and in place of her home she escapes to the desert with Lo In the vast red and orange desert where there are no confines Jen fights Her flying-style suggests Jen is defying the gravity of tradition In the love scene Lo removes Jens oppression when he removes her traditional clothing -- the exposed skin symbolizes Jens freedom her true happiness She
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