When I ran my list of the 50 best films from 2000 - 2009, many people were surprised by my pick for the top spot. Once a year, though, I return to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," and once a year, I fall in love all over again.
The film, sold to audiences on the strength of its magical, wuxia-style action scenes, is really two different epic romances told side-by-side. What makes the film hurt so much, and what keeps me coming back to it, is the clear-eyed way it deconstructs happy endings and what it is we want versus what it is we often have to accept. Michelle Yeoh gave one of the greatest performances of the 2000s in the film, and you'll have to forgive me if I get a little swoony thinking of her returning to the role.