Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Directed by Ang Lee
Production and Costume Design by Tim Yip
Original Score by Tan Dun
Starring Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh,Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen

Set in the Qing Dynasty during the 43rd year of the Qianlong Emperor, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is based on the fourth novel in the Crane Iron Pentalogy, by Wuxia novelist Wang Dulu. Tim Yip won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the British Academy of Film and Television Award for Best Costume Design.

Tim Yip’s production and costume designs provide continual pleasure, as do the diverse locations throughout China.


His notion of ‘new orientalism’ in films, dance, theatre and opera is about communicating eastern ideas and aesthetics to an international audience

—The Guardian

Tim Yip’s distinctive aesthetic – a style both avant-garde and traditionally Chinese, which he describes as “New Orientalism” – was central to the look of Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), for which Yip won the Oscar for art direction.

—Financial Times