YMMV / Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • Adaptation Displacement: Started out as the fourth book in a pentalogy Wuxia novel series, written by Wang Dulu. It's evident in the film since there are assumed events and relationships that give the film a sequel tone.
  • Broken Base: Wuxia fans were quite divided on it. Some thought it was excellent, while others thought it paled in comparison to other films in the genre.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Asian audiences mostly found it overrated and not outstanding in terms of wuxia stories. Western audiences loved it to death.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A governor's willful daughter meets a charming, goofy rogue with long hair, almost modern fashion sense, has a habit of singing, and swordplay is involved... Didn't they do this story a few years later?
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Go on the Internet and you will find many wuxia fans who don't consider this a "real" wuxia movie, and say that it only became popular because it was made specifically for American audiences and not the more wuxia friendly China.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Crouching X, Hidden Y."
  • Sequelitis: Sword of Destiny got worse reception than the first movie.
  • Too Cool to Live: Li Mu Bai.