YMMV: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • Adaptation Displacement: Started out as the fourth book in a pentology Wuxia novel series, written by Wang Dulu.
  • 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".
  • Star-Making Role for Zhang Ziyi
  • Straw Feminist: Jade Fox. She basically comes off as a low-level misandrist after Li Mu Bai's teacher refused to actually teach her, since apparently women can't train at Wudan. It seems, however, that Shu Lien is at least somewhat Wudan experienced as well, as she is the only character other than Mu Bai that can defeat Jen. She can also do the gravity-defying Wire Fu that only people that learned at/stole technique books from Wudan can do. More concretely, Mu Bai says that for Jen, they would surely make an exception, and he (literally) fights to get her to be his student. Maybe Mu Bai's teacher saw that Jade Fox was less than scrupulous, rather than just passing her over due to sex. Seems like sour grapes on her part. Or maybe that's really why she wanted to kill Jen, instead of the fact that she hid her skill and kept Fox from improving.
    • Jade Fox states that Jen was her true enemy.
      Jade Fox: Jade Fox: You deserve to die, but the life I was hoping to take was Jen's. Ten years I devoted to you, but you deceived me! You hid the manual's true meaning. I never improved but your progress was limitless. You know what poison is? An eight year-old girl full of deceit. That's poison!
  • Tear Jerker: Li Mubai's last words and Last Kiss with Shu-Lien; Jen's final act.
  • Too Cool to Live: Li Mubai