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The meaning of 藏龍臥虎 is that both the tiger and dragon have amazing talents, but if they are out of view, you may not have discovered them.
This old Chinese idiom/proverb is appropriate for someone with amazing ability that keeps that ability hidden.
You might think this title is in reverse, but actually, this is the original Chinese proverb.
The movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon popularized this alternate version.
臥虎藏龍 is the movie title of the Kung Fu epic that was very popular in the west a few years back.
臥虎藏龍 is actually a re-ordering of an ancient Chinese proverb that refers to undiscovered talents.
The movie was one of the most popular Chinese foreign films to ever debut in the USA but received a lukewarm reception in China.
Note: This can be pronounced in Korean but it's not a commonly used term.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your hidden dragon crouching tiger search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| wò hǔ cáng lóng / wo4 hu3 cang2 long2
wo hu ts`ang lung / wo hu tsang lung
lit. hidden dragon, crouching tiger (idiom); fig. talented individuals in hiding; concealed talent; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, movie by Ang Lee 李安[Li3 An1]
| cáng lóng wò hǔ / cang2 long2 wo4 hu3
ts`ang lung wo hu / tsang lung wo hu
lit. hidden dragon, crouching tiger (idiom); fig. talented individuals in hiding; concealed talent
| lǐ ān / li3 an1
Ang Li (1954-), Taiwanese-American film director (films include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 臥虎藏龍|卧虎藏龙 and Brokeback Mountain 斷背山|断背山)
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger||藏龍臥虎|
|cáng lóng wò hǔ|
cang2 long2 wo4 hu3
cang long wo hu
|ts`ang lung wo hu
tsang lung wo hu
|Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon||臥虎藏龍|
|wò hǔ cáng lóng|
wo4 hu3 cang2 long2
wo hu cang long
|wo hu ts`ang lung
wo hu tsang lung
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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