The scene in the tofu shop balancing a large slab of sweet bean curd the entire time is both spectacular and charming. She can choose the future her family has prepared for her, i. Here I wish to lay out different contexts of reading and reception of the Asian female action hero Eastern and Western broadly speaking.
Li Bai himself sees great but undisciplined potential in Jen, and he wants to become her teacher so as to perfect her skills as a martial artist. Crouching Tiger displays the gender politics of a Confucian society that adheres to strict hierarchical rules that place women in subservient and secondary positions to men.
They are accompanied by extraordinary music: created by the well-known composer Tan Dun and, the cello solos at least, played by Yo-Yo Ma. Yes, yes, yes.
In the second scene featuring an exchange between Shu Lien and Jen, Shu Lien reveals her relationship with Mu Bai and the unfulfilled love between them. At the end of U. They were also most often portrayed by female actresses. My throat burned as if a thousand white-hot needles had been stabbed into it and left there.
But the relationship between Lo and Jen may be interpreted as Jen upholding, rather than questioning, Confucian patriarchal order.