10 years ago today, on May 16, 2000 the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wu Hu Cang Long) premiered. It was in France at the Cannes film festival, where it premiered out of competition.
It wouldn't be until December of 2000 that I would see this film when it opened in the United States, but this Mandarin Chinese language film out of Taiwan is my favorite film of the year 2000 and one of my favorite of the previous decade.
I actually remember watching the film in a packed movie theater, and the two men behind us understood mandarin, and were not reading the subtitles along with us. And at certain points they would laugh, chuckle, and make various other noises, clearly picking up on dialogue that didn't translate the way I was reading it.
Something about the adventure, and the experience of these stylized sequences and the unique story-telling captures me, making this a favorite film. This film finds it's way to be both artistic and entertaining at the same time. And I certainly have to say Tan Dun's score is beautiful.
And as this film celebrates it's 10th anniversary, it makes me wonder if any of the films at Cannes this year are hiding out, waiting to be a favorite that I will want to continue to talk about 10 years from now.