Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon script
Synopsis: In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior (Chow Yun-Fat) gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his lover (Michelle Yeoh) to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level.

YU:

Thank you.

GIAO:

I mean it.

EXT. DAY. PEKING

From a gray tiled roof, we can see Peking's magnificent grid

of houses extending miles and miles out, freshly painted by

the morning sun.

EXT. PEKING STREET. DAY

Dusty and congested as always, people, horses, and carriages

are fighting to get through the boulevards.

A group of jugglers perform at a corner.

Yu surveys the busy street from on top of her horse.

INT. TE'S GREAT HALL - DAY

Yu presents the sword to Sir Te.

SIR TE:

This is Li's personal sword, a

great hero's weapon! He is the

only one in the world worthy of

carrying it. It's too fine a gift.

I cannot accept it.

YU:

Sir Te! It has brought him as much

trouble as glory. Help him to

leave these troubles behind.

Otherwise, he'll never be able to

start anew.

SIR TE:

All right. I'll act as the sword's

custodian.

De Lu, the head servant, enters.

DE LU:

Governor Yu has arrived.

SIR TE:

I must change.

YU:

(getting up)

You've always been so good to Li Mu

Bai and me. Please accept our

thanks.

SIR TE:

Please do not be such a stranger.

You'll stay the night as my guest.

Now, Shu Lien... tell me something.

And forgive me for prying. Your

father was a great friend to me,

and I think of you as my own

daughter.

YU:

Please, Sir Te, what is it?

SIR TE:

Li Mu Bai giving up his sword and

his warrior days... maybe he's

trying to tell you something?

YU:

I don't know...

SIR TE:

Don't be coy. I've always known

about your feelings for each other.

All these years, it's a shame...

neither of you is brave enough to

admit the truth to the other.

You're both wasting precious time.

YU:

I beg your pardon. Li Mu Bai and I

aren't cowards.

SIR TE:

When it comes to emotions, even

great heroes can be idiots. Tell

me if Li Mu Bai is not more open

the next time you see him. I'll

give him an earful!

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Hui-Ling Wang

Hui-Ling Wang is a writer and actress, known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Lust, Caution (2007) and Eat Drink Man Woman (1994). more…

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