Ang Lee, when making this movie, he knew from the word go that this film was to capture the attention of all sorts of audience, an ambition that was partially accomplished due to Lee’s diverse technical-know how in various film markets. Utilizing his childhood years, Lee nicely combined his kung-fu style movies knowledge with famous Hollywood visuals and themes. He then blended all these styles together with Chinese actors and set the film in an amazing landscape all over the China’s mainland, hence making Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon relevant to all audience across the world. However, reviews have shown that this disingenuous blend was not the cause for the widely diverse attraction of the film by the audience.
Normally, the stereotypical dominant male hero is associated with Kung-fu and he goes out to save the day for the female figures who are not only weak but also gentle. On the contrary, the characters in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon do not follow this formulaic schema at all. Instead, the female figures dominate Lee’s film. Lee attracted a large number of audiences to his film dubbed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by using challenging and conventional social gender norms to portray the characters in the film.
The traditional views of these gender norms have to be intensively explored before the discussion of characters in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The traditional Chinese norms viewed women as gentle, emotional, incapable and weaker sex that depended entirely on a stronger and more agile man for protection. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was set in the late 1700s when Chinese women were not strong enough to have full control of power as far as their lives were concerned. For instance, no opinion was considered from a bride-to-be during marriages, instead the Chinese conventional women were to maintain their silence and accept their fates without defiance or