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Chinese Composer Plays From Rural Roots to Serenade Oscars, Golden Lions

By Kong Jie and Li Sijia
A poster shows a fight scene from the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for which Tan Dun wrote the soundtrack. Photo: IC
A poster shows a fight scene from the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for which Tan Dun wrote the soundtrack. Photo: IC

At the turn of the millennium, the surprise blockbuster hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon took American and European awards shows by storm. For Tan Dun, the composer of the film’s soundtrack, his near-total awards sweep — taking home a Grammy, British Academy Film Award and Academy Award in 2001 for his work — cemented his place as a musical icon and highly sought-after Hollywood composer.

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