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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 79
CAP Influence Density: 0.37

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (PG-13) -- was still sexual immorality.

I've got to hurry through this one. It will be short.

This was the first subtitled movie fed to the CAP machine. It was challenging to say the least. While the pace of this movie was slow enough to keep up, focusing on issues of ignominy made paying attention to the storyline very difficult. But as near as I can tell, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was a "middle-of-the-road PG" but not a PG-13.

The gist of the movie was about a special brand of martial arts practitioners, the theft of the Green Destiny - a precious 400 year old sword, and attempts to recapture it. Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) is a warrior master bent on avenging his master's death. He is in love, an unrealized love, with Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and she is in love with him. They have been in love for years but placed their love second to duty. Bai is the owner of the Green Destiny. There is some touching performances and amazing stuntwork in this movie, but ...

There was a number of episodes of intercourse but each without nudity except for one which presented a flash view of a very small portion of the upper anatomy of a girl. However "polite" this imagery might have been, it was still sexual immorality. And along with the intercourse was inappropriate touching. Nude bathing was noted though the nudity is visually implied (hidden by convenience items) [Rev. 21:8]. Many fight sequences, though of such flowing and athletic grandeur and indeed poetry, were possibly suggestive of fighting to solve differences [Prov. 3:31]. It is amazing how many katas one human brain can master. The blade fights were especially of influential concern. Much of the choreography presented the characters flying, running up and down walls, leaping to the rafters, rooftop to rooftop, on the mist in a river canyon and the like. Children cannot fly as they would soon find out if in a moment of temporary disconnect with reality they decided to see if they could as the movie characters could -- it happened with the early Superman TV series. I will leave the rest of the findings to the Findings/Scoring section.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • Rev. 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. [...of the unforgiven]
  • Prov. 3:31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,

    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • story of killing as glory
  • breaking and entering with theft
  • log fight sequences, some with blades, some with injuries/gore, some with deaths
  • threat of a old man to make him talk
  • attacks
  • stories of bloodshed/killing
  • looting party (theft)
  • threat of young girl by adult men
  • stabbing of man in the chest with blood, penetration and act of it visible
  • injury gore

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • use of the three/four letter word vocabulary not noted
  • young love defying authority
  • lies
  • risking death for love

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • several episodes of masked intercourse, one with very brief partial nudity
  • story of immoral sex
  • nude bathing (nudity visually implied)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • use of drugs to control

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • spiritual meditation without God
  • "walking" on water
  • (as near as I could get it) "Let your soul rise to eternity ... with your last breath." "I'd rather be a ghost drifting by your side a condemned soul rather than enter Heaven without you."

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • blade to head murder
  • poisoning murder

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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