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as_CS
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,_,
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._.
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few_DT
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a_DT
"_"
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"_"
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viceversa_RB
._.
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a_DT
matter_NN
of_IN
splitting_VBG
hairs_NNS
._.
i_PP
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appealing_JJ
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etymology_NN
._.
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word_NN
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,_,
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a_DT
master_NN
._.
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say_NN
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a_DT
product_NN
of_IN
exceptional_JJ
quality_NN
._.
crouching_VBG
tiger_NN
,_,
hidden_VBN
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that_DT
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._.
crouching_VBG
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,_,
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,_,
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the_DT
requisite_JJ
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legend_NN
,_,
fantasy_NN
,_,
magic_NN
and_CC
mythology_NN
._.
it_PP
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a_DT
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characters_NNS
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half-gods_NNS
-_-
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,_,
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life_NN
,_,
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,_,
physically_RB
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able_JJ
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accomplish_VB
superhuman_JJ
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,_,
but_CC
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a_DT
human_JJ
soul_NN
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makes_VBZ
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ultimately_RB
vulnerable_JJ
._.
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of_IN
the_DT
oriental_JJ
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thrown_VBN
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the_DT
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,_,
including_IN
the_DT
art_NN
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contemplation_NN
and_CC
the_DT
concept_NN
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martial_JJ
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the_DT
physical_JJ
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of_IN
spiritual_JJ
advancement_NN
._.
the_DT
classic_JJ
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good_JJ
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evil_JJ
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the_DT
inevitable_JJ
backdrop_NN
,_,
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advanced_JJ
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each_DT
and_CC
a_DT
golden_JJ
pupil_NN
,_,
which_WDT
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the_DT
two_CD
._.
it_PP
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the_DT
gifted_JJ
pupil_NN
who_WP
,_,
under_IN
the_DT
influence_NN
of_IN
the_DT
evil_JJ
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the_DT
holy_JJ
grail_NN
in_IN
the_DT
form_NN
of_IN
a_DT
magic_JJ
sword_NN
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is_BEZ
the_DT
focus_NN
of_IN
the_DT
conflict_NN
at_IN
the_DT
heart_NN
of_IN
the_DT
legend_NN
._.
the_DT
elements_NNS
of_IN
romance_NN
at_IN
two_CD
different_JJ
levels_NNS
of_IN
enlightenment_NN
(_(
a_DT
pair_NN
of_IN
masters_NNS
and_CC
a_DT
pair_NN
of_IN
youngsters_NNS
)_)
are_BER
poignantly_RB
represented_VBN
._.
the_DT
paradox_NN
of_IN
oriental_JJ
restraint_NN
existing_JJ
side_NN
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side_NN
with_IN
all_PDT
consuming_VBG
passion_NN
in_IN
the_DT
same_DT
breast_NN
is_BEZ
projected_JJ
effectively_RB
._.
the_DT
fight_NN
scenes_NNS
are_BER
stunning_JJ
balletic_JJ
tours-de-force_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
to_TO
be_BE
taken_VBN
literally_RB
but_CC
clearly_RB
to_IN
be_BE
enjoyed_VBD
as_CS
superb_JJ
cinematic_JJ
art_NN
,_,
as_CS
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the_DT
prodigious_JJ
leaps_NNS
and_CC
flights_NNS
to_IN
,_,
from_IN
and_CC
between_IN
rooftops_NNS
,_,
the_DT
martial_JJ
combat_NN
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the_DT
top_NN
of_IN
swaying_NN
bamboo_NN
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and_CC
the_DT
combatants_NNS
skipping_VBG
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pebbles_NNS
along_IN
the_DT
surface_NN
of_IN
a_DT
lake_NN
._.
there_EX
need_MD
be_BE
no_DT
question_NN
of_IN
suspended_JJ
disbelief_NN
when_CS
one_CD
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in_IN
the_DT
presence_NN
of_IN
poetry_NN
._.
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a_DT
wagnerian_JJ
opera_NN
there_RB
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a_DT
substantial_JJ
story_NN
line_NN
,_,
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takes_VBZ
place_NN
at_IN
an_DT
ordinary_JJ
human_JJ
level_NN
,_,
yet_RB
the_DT
entire_JJ
project_NN
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to_TO
be_BE
accepted_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
work_NN
of_IN
art_NN
rooted_VBN
in_IN
fantasy_NN
._.
do_DO
not_XNOT
assume_VB
,_,
however_RB
,_,
that_CS
the_DT
art_NN
is_BEZ
limp-wristed_VBN
._.
for_IN
those_DT
who_WP
are_BER
put_VBN
off_IN
by_IN
the_DT
"_"
art_NN
"_"
label_NN
this_DT
film_NN
can_MD
be_BE
confidently_RB
recommended_VBN
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engrossing_VBG
entertainment_NN
at_IN
the_DT
levels_NNS
of_IN
adventure_NN
,_,
action_NN
and_CC
romance_NN
._.
there_EX
are_BER
no_DT
weak_JJ
performances_NNS
in_IN
this_DT
movie_NN
._.
michelle_NP
yeoh_???
imbues_NNS
her_PP$
character_NN
with_IN
depth_NN
,_,
humanity_NN
and_CC
wisdom_NN
._.
chow_NP
yon_???
fat_NN
projects_NNS
dignity_NN
and_CC
purity_NN
of_IN
heart_NN
._.
zhang_NP
ziyi_???
is_BEZ
a_DT
budding_JJ
superstar_NN
._.
she_PP
is_BEZ
radiantly_RB
beautiful_JJ
and_CC
totally_RB
persuasive_JJ
in_IN
a_DT
multifaceted_VBN
role_NN
._.
cheng_NP
pei_???
pei_???
as_RB
the_DT
evil_JJ
master_NN
and_CC
chang_NP
cheng_NP
as_IN
the_DT
bandit_NN
prince_NN
acquit_NN
themselves_PPX
admirably_RB
._.
kudos_NP
to_IN
screenwriters_NNS
james_NP
schamus_NN
,_,
wang_???
hui_???
ling_???
and_CC
tsai_???
kuo_???
jing_???
,_,
choreographer_NN
yuen_???
wo-ping_NN
,_,
photography_NN
director_NN
peter_NP
pau_???
and_CC
music_NN
director_NN
tan_JJ
dun_NN
,_,
each_DT
of_IN
which_WDT
contribute_VB
quality_NN
components_NNS
to_IN
this_DT
extraordinary_JJ
film_NN
._.
ang_???
lee_NN
as_IN
the_DT
director_NN
,_,
co-producer_NN
and_CC
mastermind_IN
of_IN
the_DT
project_NN
gets_VBZ
the_DT
lion_NN
share_NN
of_IN
the_DT
credit_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
destined_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
one_CD
of_IN
those_DT
films_NNS
that_CS
everybody_PN
likes_VBZ
,_,
including_IN
those_DT
who_WP
hate_VB
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
movies_NNS
._.
don't_DO
miss_VB
it_PP
._.