Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Composer Tan Dun is chiefly known as a writer of breathtakingly original "concept" works of modern music - works like 'Paper Concerto for Paper Instruments' and 'Orchestra' - and his score for CTHD was equally imaginative.

Released: 2000
Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh

The Film: Li is a great warrior, famous throughout QING China for his adventurous life. He decides to give his powerful, ancient sword as a gift to an old friend, but soon the sword is stolen by a mysterious master of the martial arts. Now, it's up to Li to uncover the thief and return the sword to its rightful owner.
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The Composer: Tan Dun - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon not only won the Best Foreign Language Oscar but also gave Tan Dun an Academy Award for his brilliant soundtrack.  The Chinese born composer is also known for his score for the more recent Chinese hit film, Hero.