The Warrior Tradition

December 11, 2008

 

This video is a clip from the classic movie, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. In this clip, two women who are very skilled with the sword and martial arts unleash their anger towards one another. It is a very unique scene because their is a lot of footwork and dodging in their match. Before this scene in the movie, there is a scene where a bunch of men only carry big weapons and try to use sheer power to defeat Zizi Zhang. This is contradictory to the way women fight, which is a style of quickness, agility, and anticipation of the opponent. Even Jade Fox, who is a evil woman that is haunted by her past because of abuse from her husband, is quick and agile. This is an example that sheer power does not win out in the end, which is what most men believe in.

 This is another part of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Zizi Zhang steals the Green Destiny and is chased after by Michelle Yeoh. This is another aspect of a warrior, which is to rid the world of thieves like Zhang. The two women display excellent feetwork and parry in order to defeat each other but both show great endurance and speed. This is another example that pure strength cannot win. You don’t see muscle built in the bodies of the women. They appear skinny but they are strong in heart and strength.

The roles of women at the time was to obey everything the man says. Jade Fox could not accept this tradition as she was abused by her husband. Driven by her anger, she trained and became a warrior. She goes against the tradition, just like in the book. They dress up like men and when Zizi asks Michelle for help, Michelle tells Zizi not to dress like a man because it’s not traditional to dress up like a man.

One interesting point from this movie was that even though it displays a great deal of women fighting each other and how skilled they are, it showed that the man is stil stronger. Li Mu Bai is the greatest warrior alive and he tries to change Zizi Zhang and her ways of thievery. He dies in the end trying to do so but succeeds as Zizi realizes that she is doing wrong.

Jade Fox goes against the tradition of house-keeping women and becomes a warrior because of abuse from her husband.

Jade Fox goes against the tradition of house-keeping women and becomes a warrior because of abuse from her husband.

Mulan cuts her hair so she can look like man in order to join the army.

Mulan cuts her hair so she can look like man in order to join the army.

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