As part of the Sheffield Showcase weekend, Reel Steel present a 35mm film screening of the Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at Sheffield's historic Abbeydale Picture House.
A story taking place in 19th Century China, this beautiful film changed the face of the martial arts genre...
Legendary swordsman Li Mu Bai has decided to retire from his warrior life, and with it give up his treasured sword - the Green Destiny. When a mysterious thief steals the sword under the cover of darkness, a larger plot begins to reveal itself, as hidden desires and secrets from the past present a far greater challenge in this intertwining story.
A film which is visually beautiful in both its breathtaking landscapes and stunning fight choreography (arranged by Yuen Woo-ping, the fight choreographer for The Matrix) – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon goes beyond the traditional martial arts film; exploring independence, relationships, societal expectations and breaking free from tradition, while also featuring one of the most spectacular fight scenes in any martial arts film between its two female protagonists.
A film that set new ground for the years that followed – and still holds the record today for the highest-grossing foreign-language film in US box office history – see Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon the way it is meant to be seen... on the big screen, in 35mm.