I showed the wife CTHD the other night, though I didn’t enjoy it as much as when it first came out. I just can’t dig the pacing of it, and there were a few other narrative quirks that are probably completely standard for Chinese cinephiles.
But I’m not here to rant, I’m here to ask about the ending. (Spoilers, obviously!)
After Li Mu Bai is killed, Shu Lien spares Jen and sends her to visit Lo at Wudan Mountain. They happily reunite, make love, etc. Then, the next morning, Lo finds Jen standing on the bridge over a big gorge. She reminds him of the legend of a young boy who jumped from the mountain to gain his wish, and flew away, knowing that the wish was granted. Then she asks him to make a wish; he does, and wishes for them to be together in the desert. Then she jumps off the bridge and flies away, and he looks sad. Roll credits.
What the heck happened there? By jumping off the bridge, it’s implied that she’s granting his wish. But by flying away forever, they’re obviously not going to be together in the desert; his sad face seems to confirm this. Was she saying ‘make a wish’ and then mocking him by soaring off without him? Shouldn’t they both have jumped or something?
Oh, and would someone care to explain the movie’s title to me? It’s symbolic of course, I’m just wondering who’s the tiger, and who’s the dragon.