(4/9/01 10:16:59 am)
|Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon|
I was talking to some friends of mine about this movie a few nights ago, and none of us could figure out where they had found the story. We thought it was from a Chinese faery tale. If so, which one, and is it in print anywhere? Does anyone know?
(4/10/01 9:06:43 am)
I'm unaware of any fairy tale source for the film. My ignorance certainly doesn't mean there isn't one, but if so, I suspect it must be more than one. The story of the sword seems to be a separate tale from the mountain bandit, which seems to be a separate tale from the school in the mountains. Magic swords are so universal, though, I wouldn't be surprised to find that Ang Lee was thinking of Excalibur or something very obvious when working it out.
(4/10/01 11:02:49 am)
The movie is based on a novel from the author Du Lu Wang as part of a five novel series.
Unfortunately I couldn't find a transaltion of the book (not even in German).