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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 79
CAP Influence Density: 0.37
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NOTE: If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie
SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (PG-13) -- ...it 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.
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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:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):