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.

EXT. YUAN COMPOUND - DAY

Security men and porters are loading wagons for a convoy.

As they work, we see across the lake a lone horseman entering

the village. One of the men recognizes him.

WORKER:

Master Li is here!

ANGLE ON:
Li Mu Bai, thirties, powerful and handsome.

In the background, old Aunt Wu, at the sight of Li Mu Bai,

drops her parcels and runs excitedly into the building.

INT. YUAN HALLWAY - DAY

Aunt Wu runs hurriedly through the halls.

AUNT WU:

Shu Lien!

INT. YU'S ROOM - DAY

Yu, a beautiful woman in her early 30s, is finishing packing

for the convoy, wrapping a few small items in a linen

wrapper, as Aunt Wu bursts in.

AUNT WU:

Li Mu Bai is here!

INT. YUAN PRACTICE HALL - DAY

LI:

How's everything?

AUNT WU:

Fine. Please come in.

Yu sits, composed, as Aunt Wu ushers Li in. Li carries a

large object, wrapped in silk.

Yu smiles.

YU:

Mu Bai...It's been too long.

LI:

It has.

(he glances around

the room)

How's business?

YU:

Good. And how are you?

LI:

Fine.

An awkward pause.

YU:

Monk Zheng said you were at Wudan

Mountain. He said you were

practicing deep meditation.

LI:

Yes.

YU:

The mountain must be so peaceful...

I envy you. My work keeps me so

busy, I hardly get any rest.

LI:

I left the training early.

YU:

Why? You're a Wudan fighter.

Training is everything.

LI:

During my meditation training... I

came to a place of deep silence...

I was surrounded by light... Time

and space disappeared. I had come

to a place my master had never told

me about.

YU:

You were enlightened?

LI:

No. I didn't feel the bliss of

enlightenment. Instead... I was

surrounded by an endless sorrow. I

couldn't bear it. I broke off my

meditation. I couldn't go on.

There was something... pulling me

back.

YU:

What was it?

LI:

Something I can't let go of. You

are leaving soon?

YU:

We're preparing a convoy for a

delivery to Peking.

LI:

Perhaps I could ask you to deliver

something to Sir Te for me.

Li unwraps the object. It is an ancient, astonishingly

beautiful sword.

YU:

The Green Destiny Sword? You're

giving it to Sir Te?

LI:

I am. He has always been our

greatest protector.

YU:

I don't understand. How can you

part with it? It has always been

with you.

LI:

Too many men have died at its edge.

It only looks pure because blood

washes so easily from its blade.

YU:

You use it justly, you're worthy of

it.

LI:

It's time for me to leave it behind.

YU:

So what will you do now?

Li doesn't reply.

YU:

Come with me to Peking. You can

give the sword to Sir Te yourself.

It'll be just like old times.

LI:

First I must visit my master's

grave. It's been many years since

Jade Fox murdered him. I have yet

to avenge his death. And yet I'm

thinking of quitting. I must pray

for his forgiveness.

YU:

Join me once you have finished. I

can wait for you in Peking.

LI:

Perhaps.

EXT. THE GATE TO PEKING. DAY

Customs officials have just finished checking the contents

in a row of carriages bearing the Sun Security insignia.

The caravan slowly passes through the checkpoint into the

boundaries of Peking. Yu, riding a handsome horse and

clearly the leader, watches as her crew clears inspection.

GUARDS:

Ok. Pass.

YU:

Thanks. Let's go into the city.

EXT. OUTSIDE A DEPOT. DAY

Workers are busy unloading the contents from the carriages.

Boss Giao is checking off the merchandise -- a cargo of

medicinal herbs.

GIAO:

Everything got here safely. I'm

much obliged.

YU:

Just doing my job.

GIAO:

Sun Security has been the best

since your father started it.

You're a credit to his memory.

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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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