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Yun-Fat Chow - Chow Yun Fat as Li Mu Bai in Sony Pictures Classics' Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - 2000


Li Bai(701—762),whose courtesy name was Tai Bai (Grand Whiteness, 太白) & literal name was Qinglian Jushi (Lay Buddhist of Green Lotus, 青莲居士), was a world-famous representative of Chinese ancient literature, especially in the realm of classical poem, which in China is extensively called Tang Shi, or Poem of Tang Dynasty, & he was highly crowned to be The Immortality of Poem & Poetic Swordsman.


Li Bai (李白701 – 762) was a major Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty poetry period. Regarded as one of the greatest poets of the Tang Dynasty, often called China's "golden age" of poetry, Li Bai was both a prolific and a profound poet, as well as one who stretched the rules of versification of his time. Li Bai's poetry has been much esteemed from his lifetime through the present day. His influence also extends to the West through many translations, adaptations, and much inspiration.

from BBC News

Li Bai and Du Fu: China's drunken superstar poets

Tang Emperor Minghuang watches Li Bai compose his poems in this 17th Century woodcut (Copyright British Museum)