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Hanna Kicks Ass, As Do These Other Fine Ladies
Posted March 24, 2011 to photo album "Hanna Kicks Ass, As Do These Other Fine Ladies"
Hanna may be a teenage girl, but she’s also a take-no-prisoners assassin. The news is she’s not alone in popular culture.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Kick Ass Poetry
Ang Lee’s 2000 martial arts classic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon redefined reality and the depiction on screen of kung fu fighters. Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and Jen (Zhang Ziyi), two female warriors, helped introduced to a mass Western audience the “wuxia” martial arts film. In the case of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon instead of Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan or Jet Li on center stage, the principal swashbucklers are two women. In his essay “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Meaning,” Steven D. Greydanus writes, “Crouching Tiger is the martial arts movie transfigured, remade into a thing of haunting beauty, poetic grace, and astonishing power.” The power of the women in the film is not only in their skill as fighters, but in their power to transform the worldview of the men who love them. When Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) lies wounded, Shu Lein tells him to meditate, “Free yourself of this world, as you have been taught. Let your soul rise to eternity with your last breath. Do not waste it on me.” He replies, “I have already wasted my whole life. I wanted to tell you with my last breath… I have always loved you. I would rather be a ghost drifting by your side, as a condemned soul, than enter heaven without you. Yet, because of your love, I will never be a lonely spirit.”