Provide a 7 pages analysis while answering the following question: Gender Roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. Film reviewers termed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as one of the most exhilarating martial arts film ever made. It is clear that when director, Ang Lee was making this movie. he wanted it to be appealing to all audiences. He accomplished this by making use of his miscellaneous background and familiarity with different film markets. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is full of kung-fu styles from some of the original kung-fu movies and is also incorporated into famous Hollywood visuals and themes (Stewart, 2002).
By blending all these factors together with Chinese actors and beautiful landscapes as perceived across mainland China allowed this movie to appeal to everyone across the globe. On the other hand, its artful blend of Chinese culture and Hollywood themes are not the only reason for attracting a large diverse audience. Kung-fu movies are mostly associated with a stereotypical male who is a dominant hero and always saves the much weaker female figure. However, in this film, the fighters or heroes are women. thus, this movie challenges the norms of society and, therefore, draws a larger audience (Stewart, 2002).
According to traditional and social gender norms, women have always been perceived as being gentle, incapable, and emotional. Traditionally, women have always been dependant on an agile and stronger man for protection. Specifically, Chinese women of the late 1700s which are the settings of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon did not have much control over their lives. There suffered from. arranged marriages that occurred without the consent of the young woman who was to be married off. Women were also taught by society to accept their fate silently without defiance or complaints. They were perceived as the weaker sex who could not defend their lives, especially when facing stronger and bigger males.
Males, on the other hand, were expected to be tough and strong.