Check out this great movie before it leaves Amazon Prime Video next week

amazon, check out this great movie before it leaves amazon prime video next week

Sony

We’re thankfully living in an era when more and more foreign movies and TV shows can become genuine phenomena in the U.S. Thanks to the increasing use of subtitles, and the global distribution of many of these movies, we can see the best of what cinema has to offer from all around the world.

Amazon Prime Video is home to many of these titles, as well as a broader selection of great movies that cut across every imaginable genre. If you’re struggling to find just one movie to watch, you should start with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The movie was a major phenomenon in the U.S. in an era when few international movies got that treatment, and it’s also leaving Prime Video at the end of May. Here are three reasons you should check it out.

It stars Oscar-winner Michelle Yeoh

amazon, check out this great movie before it leaves amazon prime video next week

Sony PIctures Classics

Michelle Yeoh absolutely deserved the Oscar she won for Everything Everywhere All at Once, but she probably should have already had one for Crouching Tiger. Here, Michelle plays a legendary warrior who is in love with another legendary warrior, but the two have repressed their feelings for one another.

In addition to plenty of genuinely stunning action sequences, Yeoh again shows here why she’s one of the most gifted actors of her generation. Without ever actually saying what she’s feeling, everyone in the audience can read her face perfectly. It’s a stunning, deeply emotive performance.

It features some of the best kung fu choreography in history

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

The wuxia style of fight choreography recent had an American resurgence thanks to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and few movies execute that style more brilliantly than Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It’s not just that these scenes are beautifully conceived and shot, it’s that each character’s fighting style actually tells us a lot about who they are as people.

The fighting is not designed merely to entertain us, but to inform us about these characters and the reasons that they are in conflict with one another. As a result, it becomes a part of the language of the movie itself.

It’s a movie about the pointlessness of repression

amazon, check out this great movie before it leaves amazon prime video next week

Sony Pictures Classics

Like so many movies set hundreds of years ago, Crouching Tiger is really a movie about people who don’t feel like they can live the way they want to. Each of the characters longs for something they are either keeping themselves from having or are told they can’t have.

It’s immensely satisfying, then, to watch the ways the arcs of each character interact with one another, ultimately leading to a climax that feels like it speaks to the ultimate goal of total liberation. Few movies come to more satisfying conclusions, or leave you with a more complete feeling of weightlessness.

The Latest Tech News, Delivered to Your Inbox

OTHER NEWS

15 minutes ago

Nato in talks to put nuclear arsenal on standby as Putin threatens World War Three

15 minutes ago

One-Two Punch From the Skies Is a Massive Blow to Putin

15 minutes ago

Taco Tuesdays and memes: On board the US aircraft carrier Houthi rebels claim to have sunk three times

15 minutes ago

Aileen Cannon Taking 'Unusual Step' in Jack Smith Hearing: Attorney

15 minutes ago

Russian warships near Florida aim to intimidate. Our Navy views them more like target practice

15 minutes ago

Dutton ahead of Albanese in recent polls may push election to 'next year'

15 minutes ago

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood announces debut solo album

15 minutes ago

Tony Awards top moments: Daniel Radcliffe's emotional win, Brooke Shields rocks Crocs

15 minutes ago

Ukrainian 'conscription squads' dragging men off buses and forcing them to fight

15 minutes ago

Winter Storm Warning for Two States as 15 Inches of Snow Forecast

15 minutes ago

Haunting CGI shows terrifying depths Titan sub descended

15 minutes ago

Denmark Targets Russian Shadow Fleet

19 minutes ago

Rex Whistler died a hero fighting Nazis – but ‘woke’ activists want to bury his name

19 minutes ago

The Latest | Netanyahu dissolves War Cabinet that was steering war in Gaza, Israeli officials say

19 minutes ago

Ask our political editor anything about Reform UK as Nigel Farage’s party unveils its manifesto

19 minutes ago

15 best rosé wines to brighten your day and drink all summer long

19 minutes ago

Furious message to Premier over ‘promise’

19 minutes ago

This growth stock that Warren Buffett owns just hit 52-week lows. Should I buy?

19 minutes ago

Chris Donnelly: Change is happening and we must be prepared

19 minutes ago

When do the Proteas play next in the T20 World Cup?

19 minutes ago

Monday's analyst calls: Nike price target trim, Best buy gets an upgrade

19 minutes ago

Israel warns of 'devastating consequences' as spike in fire with Lebanon risks wider conflict

19 minutes ago

Big Tech antitrust bill nears reintroduction on Capitol Hill — but could be thwarted by key Democrats

19 minutes ago

U.S. government cites Trump's privacy over Prince Harry's visa

19 minutes ago

I met my two long lost siblings for the first time at 77 and now I finally feel whole

19 minutes ago

Desperate times call for desperate measures! Three-legged lion makes a record-breaking one-mile swim across a crocodile-infested river - after hearing females on the other side

19 minutes ago

There are SIX types of depression, say experts - which could explain why antidepressants don't work for some

19 minutes ago

Video: Erik ten Hag delivers scathing assessment of Gareth Southgate's 'vision' after nervy win over Serbia as Man United boss criticises England manager's negative approach

19 minutes ago

Video: Superman Jude Bellingham was so good he overshadowed a team who didn't excel. OLIVER HOLT on England's heart, soul and engine in the 1-0 Euros opening win over Serbia

19 minutes ago

Latrell Mitchell reveals how he will approach NSW Origin teammate Spencer Leniu with pair set for awkward showdown after explosive racism row earlier this season

24 minutes ago

Warrington Borough Council credit rating withdrawn amid near-£2bn debts

24 minutes ago

Caitlin Clark Reveals Special Courtside Guest Before Angel Reese Showdown

24 minutes ago

Liverpool leapfrog Man Utd with £43m defender bid, as star chooses next club

24 minutes ago

Uber and Lyft are fighting minimum wage laws. But in this state, the drivers won

25 minutes ago

Social Security Payments to Go Out Earlier Than Usual

25 minutes ago

Napoli hit out at agent of €100m star after Victor Osimhen Instagram rant

27 minutes ago

From hell to Hollywood: Irish mum's 'harrowing' mission to save daughter abducted by dad to Syria set for movie with Nicola Coughlan

27 minutes ago

Donald Trump's Fortunes Reversed in Two Battleground States

27 minutes ago

Behind closed doors: How a prominent Gazan family kept three Israeli hostages in secret

27 minutes ago

Midfielder Bongani Zungu has attracted interest from PSL clubs after leaving PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns