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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

The past returns with a vengeance.Feb. 18, 2016 China103 Min.PG-13
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Cast

Michelle Yeoh isYu Shu Lien
Yu Shu Lien
Donnie Yen isSilent Wolf
Silent Wolf
Eugenia Yuan isBlind Enchantress
Blind Enchantress
Roger Yuan isIron Crow
Iron Crow
Chris Pang isFlying Blade
Flying Blade
JuJu Chan isSilver Dart Shi
Silver Dart Shi
Woon Young Park isThunder Fist
Thunder Fist

Synopsis

A story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Original titleCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
IMDb Rating6.1 12,767 votes
TMDb Rating5.8 143 votes

(67) comments

  • Tiger HengFebruary 22, 2016Reply

    A worthy sequel that may surprise even the worst of critics, the true meaning of ”Wu Xia” exemplified

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  • quincytheodoreFebruary 26, 2016Reply

    A smaller approach to the epic saga, a fine dance of blades nevertheless

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  • cyclingreimaginedFebruary 26, 2016Reply

    A fun martial trip in HDR color

    It’s not always about the plot or even the acting. Sometimes its the
    soaring set pieces, the authentic, if expanded Chinese martial arts
    work, especially swordplay. The HDR processed and CGI enhanced
    landscapes. To criticize the nature of the visuals is to misunderstand
    the fantasy nature. Like putting down a graphic novel for not being a
    serious mystery. Good for what it intends to be, that is by its own
    genre.

    The abundant fight sequences reflect actual Chinese open hand and
    weapons styles, though overdone for effect with wire work thrown in.
    But the roots are solid and make the movie more fun for those who have
    studied the basic of Wu Shu.

  • micah-62February 26, 2016Reply

    Good Movie with Spirit of the original

    Like the other positive reviews I agree that this is a good movie that
    has a lot of the ‘feel’ of the original. As I write this there is a 1
    star review complaining of the English ”dubbing.” This movie isn’t
    dubbed into English, it was filmed in English. Ignore any reviews that
    mention the English dubbing, they are just trolls that haven’t seen the
    movie. The fighting is great. There are a couple of sets and scenes
    I’ve never seen in a Kung Fu movie. Is it the emotional roller-coaster
    the original was. No, but it’s not trying to be.They accomplish exactly
    what they set out to do. If you like Kung Fu movies, Donnie Yen or
    Crouching Tiger, you should like this.

  • cjattikaiFebruary 26, 2016Reply

    Great Netflix Original Movie

    Great movie except that i would have given it 10 of 10 if it had been
    kept to mandarin spoken, English subtitled. The authenticity and
    collaboration to first crouching tiger movie would have been more
    likable and realistic if they had spoken mandarin. Also some of the
    characters seem cut from the B movie genre. Their acting skills lack
    the presence this movie deserves. The dialogue gives it a comedic feel
    at times which wasn’t present in the first film. Keeping with a serious
    tone throughout would have paid great homage to CTHD 1. I am glad the
    movie is finally done and released. Its been a long time coming since
    the announcement of the intent to do a second film. Although nothing
    could replace the first story of the Green Destiny Sword or Li Mu Bai
    this film is a great movie and and excellent boost for Netflix.

  • BasicLogicFebruary 26, 2016Reply

    A Big smelly Stinker! So bad that beyond any word could describe….

    This film is a joke. First of all, when a Chinese film not in its
    original language(same to any country’s film) is dubbed with English
    instead of just providing with the English subtitles, then it just felt
    so weird. And it became even worse that actors, leading or not leading,
    female or male, most of them speaking Chinglish with some heavy
    Oriental accent that made the dubbed English dialog became weirder and
    weirder. *History Channel’s ”Vikings” got similar dilemma, those
    Vikings speaking weird VIKIGLISH to separate them from the Wessex
    English speaking opponents : )

    But this film is not just ruined by dubbed audio, the poor and awkward
    dialog in English is such a painful viewing experience. The screenplay
    is so awkward and childish, the scenario and the plot absurd, the
    acting of all the roles were messed up by the terrible dialog and the
    story.

    The whole film just looks stupid by poor directing. Terrible terrible
    dialog along with the horrible script unavoidably making the whole film
    more pretentious and shallow. This film actually got nothing to do with
    the year 2000 original film but a fake and phony one just trying to
    fool people as a sequel, in fact, not at all.

    Again, the poorly crafted dialog of this film would only make you feel
    like a poor Shakespeare’s drama played on a stage, the funny and
    unnatural dialog just ruined everything. This is not just a huge fake
    sequel, it’s absolutely poorly directed with poor cast, most of them
    simply could not act at all, just an unthinkable and unwatchable
    brain-dead joke.

    An ultimate insult to the great novel, its author and to the first
    adapted film from the novel as well as its director.

  • TheEtherWalkFebruary 26, 2016Reply

    Astonishingly bad

    Continuing the story of the first movie, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    2 tells the story of a sword, of a battle between two clans, between
    divided loyalties, star-crossed loves and… Oh who the hell cares.
    This movie is a goddamned trainwreck. Let’s start with the acting
    because it’s as wooden as Pinnichio’s family jewels. Lines sound like
    they’re being read from teleprompters. Characterizations are
    nonexistent. Relationships are corny and impossible to care about. The
    decision to have the dialogue in English I think was a serious
    detriment to the performances of such great actors as Donnie Yen and
    Michelle Yeoh. Zhang Ziyi turned down this sequel and I think it was a
    good move. The direction by the fight choreographer from the first
    movie is abysmal. The editing makes no sense, the story is like
    watching paint dry, I didn’t care about a single character in this
    mess. And then there’s the fight scenes, which are cgi-ridden and full
    of even more ridiculous wirework than the first one, which might not
    have been so bad if the CGI and acting hadn’t already taken me out of
    the movie completely. The first film at least felt like it was grounded
    in reality. This is more of an Americanized cartoony fantasy, and
    whereas the first one felt like a celebration of Chinese culture, this
    feels like a slap in the face to it. They even badly green-screen in
    backgrounds of mountains while people are riding across on horseback.
    You can’t even get any decent second-unit photography? Or any decent
    cinematography really? Some of the fights have a few good moments but
    it doesn’t come close to saving this movie. It all just feels very
    half-assed and low budget, and made without much soul of any kind. What
    a disappointment.

  • Klaus TulipanFebruary 27, 2016Reply

    Disappointment of the decade

    Crouching tiger hidden dragon (part 1) is certainly one of the best
    martial arts movie ever, due to deep characters , love and emotion,
    short but extraordinary fighting scenes, beautiful scenery and
    magnificent music.

    With Donnie Yen and Michelle, fantastic 4K scenic pictures and music
    reminiscent of the first part the sword of destiny had many ingredients
    to make our expectations high. However what was delivered is just
    saddening.

    The plot is clearly lacking quality failing to elaborate on the
    different characters and transporting emotions. While we could feel the
    love and respect between Michelle and Li Mu Bai in part 1 we are
    completely lacking same in sword of destiny. If a movie is not deep
    than only action can partially compensate this lack,

    Again we get shocked of what we are being presented. Fighting scenes
    much below capabilities of Donnie Yen and everyone else. For example in
    the fight scenes of part 1 between Michelle Yeoh and the young Zhang
    ZhiYi the green sword of destiny is really the matchmaker in a well
    orchestrated dramatic fight. Going back to the classic *The Sword” with
    Adam Cheng we find another sample of incredible fight scenes where the
    sword is making the little difference between the two world best
    fighters in a culminating dramatic fight. Same movie (The Sword) we
    find a fantastic elaboration of how a ninja stealth fighter attacks
    incredibly out of nowhere, bringing our hero into serious trouble. What
    happened to sword of destiny plot… where the strange lady in red is
    kind of mimicking this ninja style against Michelle Yeoh. Sword of
    destiny is so far behind the classic. Also we find much better
    elaboration of similar fighting style in Azumi 2 … The makers of
    Swords of Destiny are clearly not deep into martial arts and deliver
    zero.

    Sword of destiny does not include surprises, no long or convincing
    fight scenes, no drama… Characters are introduced, fight, die…
    Without anything appealing to the spectator.

    My advice to Netflix: next time do not just hire great actors. Hire the
    best movie makers. Clearly 14 blades with Donnie Yen is the best
    martial arts movie of this decade. This is the caliber that should have
    been delivered and this is the crew that should have made sword of
    destiny. This movie outperforms with incredible fight scenes not seen
    before and leaves you crying at the sad end. Sword of destiny delivers
    none of that.

  • Myat Htoo (peterhtoo)February 27, 2016Reply

    Another Kung Fu movies from Hong Kong

    It is a pity that the name ”Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” in terms of
    movie history carries a heritage of a beautiful movie with real
    ”actor’s actors”. This 2nd part was a big let down. As being Asian and
    having grown up with Chinese King Fu movies, for me this just looked
    like another Kung Fu movie made by the Shaw Brothers!!! If it had
    spoken Mandarin or Cantonese, there would have a good feel, and there
    really was no depth in the story, characters, …etc,

    Just another Shaw Brothers pic with the latest tech! There is no
    chemistry between the actors the only one good thing was that there
    maybe a new actress in the making ”Natasha Liu Bordizzo” she felt real
    and had depth with Michelle Yeoh… the rest was as said before just
    walking & talking through the part, the script had no story. The
    photography is really good, but apart from mentioned above it was let
    down… But if you feel there nothing to do, nowhere to go, no one
    coming… simply if you have ”NOTHING” to do then this will ease the
    boredom… Sorry but as said was a another Shaw Bros. movie except they
    were all talking in English!!!

  • Liam Ward ([email protected])February 27, 2016Reply

    Overall I enjoyed it, but there are some bad points.

    It was a decently enjoyable movie, i probably would have enjoyed it
    more if it didn’t have the crouching tiger, hidden dragon tag to it (as
    it raised expectations)

    Problems i had with it were that it was rather short, there was almost
    no character development, the story line was quite clichéd and the
    fight scenes didn’t seem as fluid as the original, the musical score
    wasn’t nearly as impressive as the original either.

    I am struggling to find anything about the film that is better than
    average.

    Overall not a bad film, just not something i will watch again, A
    generous 6/10

  • Hassan_ScarboroughFebruary 27, 2016Reply

    Waste of talent

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  • thenekassyniFebruary 27, 2016Reply

    Quite bad adaptation

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  • fjmsoftwareFebruary 27, 2016Reply

    Very weak, brainless and heartless sequel.

    I definitely expected this to be weaker, more superficial and more
    action-obsessed than the original just judging by its trailer, but it
    was actually worse in many more ways than I had thought of.

    First ugly thing that hits you is the ruined color gamut, with all
    colors squeezed into two narrow bands around red and green (like the
    ”teal and orange” madness that has gripped Hollywood this past decade,
    but shifted to the side toward red and green). Why must you do this to
    our eyes, movie studios, why? What have we done to deserve this? What’s
    next, having to buy premium versions of the movie just to get the rest
    of the color spectrum?

    Next comes the complete lack of originality of whatever crumbs of a
    story there are in there, the entirely boring and soulless dialogue,
    the cardboard-thin characters that couldn’t make you care about them if
    their lives depended on it, and ending with the mediocre fight scenes.
    The whole thing was centered around the fighting and they couldn’t even
    get that part at the level of grace and artistry and impact of the
    fights in the original film.

    And to top it all off, they reversed the languages and wrote the
    original dialogue in English and added Chinese as a dub. This isn’t
    catastrophic – at least the dub is there so you can make the experience
    reasonably similar to the original -, but it’s still somewhat annoying
    and a bad production choice.

    This was a very poor use of Yeoh’s potential. All in all, my favourite
    character ended up being the girl fighter from the villain’s crew, who
    just did her job and did it well, without wasting our time with too
    much meaningless dialogue or with any other hopeless attempts at
    gaining a depth the screenwriters never gave her in the first place.

  • mikekozelFebruary 27, 2016Reply

    Good one

    If you read the review of Tiger Hang, there is not much more to be
    added to the contextual description, creation, and opinion of Tiger2.
    The reviewer makes the perfect outline for this good film. In fact, the
    review is as good as the film in it’s own right. For enjoyment value,
    it is a good ”shoot em up”, albeit with swords and other pointy items.
    the work is obviously westernized somewhat in character and dialogue.
    Allusion to the American hero western is a bit heavy. Aside from the
    desire, however mishandled, of gaining Western viewer approval by
    sacrificing the delicacy and depth of character of Eastern work, the
    film has all the stuff of what we love in this genre, great actors cast
    in roles we can get into, a story that makes sense within the form,
    beautiful cinematography, fluid, energetic content, and most
    especially, those great martial art displays aided by brilliant special
    effects, marvelous choreography, and physical actors that can really
    carry the action. Well worth the ticket and time.

  • marlogesFebruary 27, 2016Reply

    A disappointment after all these years, but a good watch nevertheless

    As a fan of the original movie I was really looking forward to the
    sequel. Of course the fact that Ang Lee wasn’t directing it made me
    sceptical, but I thought I should give it a chance. Turns out that the
    movie pales in comparison to it’s predecessor in terms of fighting
    choreography and story.

    BUT the visuals were pretty good, the film looks pretty fantasy-like
    (which could be a turn-on or turn-off for some people) and the movie
    had some great fights and nice character interactions. The best part
    about this movie is the return of Michelle Yeoh and also some parts of
    the original soundtrack which gave me goosebumps at some parts of the
    movie.

    Donnie Yen was also a great addition, though I’d prefer Zhang Ziyi to
    be a part of it…

    At the end of the day it’s a good martial arts movie with stunning
    fight scenes and a decent plot. Compared to the first movie it’s kinda
    bland, but hey, you can watch it for free if you’re a user of Netflix,
    so that’s a plus.

    Just don’t expect another masterpiece and you might enjoy this.

  • michaelant555February 27, 2016Reply

    A good film! Do not listen to the morons who give this less than a 6/10

    I would give the first Crouching Tiger film 10/10 (I would rarely give
    10/10 for any film; (Jet Li’s ”Fearless” is another)) for its action,
    emotion and sheer brilliance of its time. A wonderful piece of film
    making! This film doesn’t live up to its predecessor, hence, only an
    8/10, but again the action and emotion are present here and there are
    some lovely, heart-warming moments of back story as the relationships
    begin to form and unfold. I would have given it a 7/10 really, but the
    extra point is for the tears that it managed to bring to my eyes in a
    couple of places and the extremely well choreographed fight scenes and
    effects.

    I do have a gripe though, and that is the film should have been about
    two and a quarter hours long so the characters could have been
    developed more, especially with Snow being taught and her skills
    developed. After the movie finished it felt like it had been a little
    rushed. It’s a sequel that’s been a long time coming and much
    anticipated. I would have liked to have been immersed in it, and to
    have savoured it for a little longer like a fine quality Silver Needle
    Peony instead of the finest quality Pai Mu Tan.

  • leeweechongFebruary 27, 2016Reply

    What an awful movie

    I cannot believe what I just saw. Great actors and actresses in what
    looks like the greatest failure of all – worse than D-grade movies.
    This truly demonstrates, yet again, how the west failed to understand
    Asian culture fail miserably by injecting idiocy into the film.

    ”Silent Wolf”.. OMG. The dialogs and names were horrible. It became
    completely unbearable after 30 minutes I had to turn it off.

    Compare Michelle Yeoh’s film in the 1st movie and then in Reign of
    Assassins with Michelle Yeoh in James Bond and this movie.

    Chow Yun Fatt, Jackie Chan, they are all great actors who does amazing
    stunts that great Americans actors are mimicking. Yet they are cast as
    side kicks and fools when it comes to Western made films. I thought
    this would be different but boy was I wrong.

    Utterly Disappointing.

  • tdevil9February 28, 2016Reply

    This is to China what Gladiator was to Italy

    ”Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” was the first film that introduced the
    western audience to classic Chinese ”wu xia” back in 2000. It featured
    two veteran actors who were both relatively unknown to mainstream
    western cinema goers, and boost started the career of a fresh-faced
    Chinese actress. It was a feast consisting of computer-assisted imagery
    and martial arts sequences full of wired-up actors. For audiences used
    to martial arts films from Hong Kong and China, it was nothing short of
    average, particularly with the bog-standard storyline and the misplaced
    love story that ended in a cringeworthy conclusion… I would dare to
    say, the only reason for its success came from its global marketing in
    Asia as well as the west.

    16 years on, and here comes a sequel out of nowhere. There has hardly
    been any marketing and it arrives at a time when superhero movies are
    in, and fantasy movies are stuff of yesterday. Martial arts films are
    anomalies, with a few odd masterpieces in between. But by no means are
    they the ”in-thing” anymore. Which brings forth the speculation on why
    this sequel was ever sponsored or made (and indeed, who managed to
    secure an American-backed sponsorship). Whilst Donnie Yen has finally
    been ”discovered” by Hollywood (which, in my opinion, is a shame), it
    is a fact that Michelle Yeoh is way past her prime. It hurts to say
    that for an actress who has achieved so much, but I personally feel
    that she would be much better suited to roles that give her character
    more depth. That she is still drafted to be the female lead of a wu xia
    film is testament to the fact that there are no other actresses who are
    talented enough in this niche area to take up the mantle. And the
    reason for this is, as I explained, that martial arts films don’t have
    a place in the film industry anymore.

    I was a fan of Ridley Scott’s ”Gladiator” when it came out. Imagine my
    surprise when my girlfriend, at-the-time, remarked negatively about it
    and stated the reason of her dislike as ”A film about Italy should be
    spoken in Italian”. Hence, the title of my review. A film with Chinese
    Characters should contain Chinese dialogue. For those who take offence
    to my sentiments.. stretch your minds and imagine a sequel of ”Titanic”
    starring the original leads speaking Mandarin with an American English
    accent…

  • swordsmaxFebruary 28, 2016Reply

    Not a Academy Award worthy

    It’s a kungfu movie with English speaking Chinese and International
    actors. Going with a different director, it was obvious that the
    martial arts director Yuen Woo Ping’s main objective was not going to
    be the drama or acting.

    It was all about the Kung fu, which IS first rate. But the acting or
    lack there of, totally made this into the B-rated territory.

    Both Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen’s acting were neither believable nor
    romantic in anyway. Nobody cried, and nobody cared. They just stared at
    each other expressionless like deers in headlights many many times
    throughout the movie.

    If you were watching this just for the fight scenes, this is the movie
    for you. If you were expecting it to be entertained by gripping scenes
    like the original Crouching Tiger movie, skip it.

    This movie has no acting and no character appeal. I’ve seen better
    video game cut scenes than this full length movie.

    Was there a problem with finding Good English speaking actors? Or was
    it because of the movie being made on the quick and cheap? I lean
    towards the latter. It’s like throwing a bunch of good ingredients in a
    pot at the same time and expect it to come out magically delicious.

    Also, does Yuen Woo-Ping even speak English or the actors left to
    coordinate the dialogues themselves?

    This movie left a lot of production questions to think about. That’s
    unfortunate, because I would have rather left the movie thinking the
    movie plot and what characters I favored or hated most. This movie had
    neither.

    3-stars for the awesome kungfu.

  • filiperubiniFebruary 28, 2016Reply

    A 100-minute choreography flick with some story built around it

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  • Ryan BuiFebruary 28, 2016Reply

    Is this a Chinese film or an American film?

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  • thomasdc2304February 28, 2016Reply

    Nothing like the original

    I didn’t have high expectation going into this since I knew it would
    never live up to the the (perfect) prequel and after I watched the
    trailer my expectation was lowered even further.

    The film is colored from start to finish like an Instagram filter with
    the colors all weird. In the opening scene I had to check if it
    actually was my setup that was the sinner – but unfortunately it
    wasn’t. The scenery was also very lacking compared to the original and
    looked very fake because of CGI instead of real scenery.

    The English speaking feels out of place and varies between the actors.
    Netflix did not allow me to use the Chinese dub which was added post
    filming.

    The plot was very thin and the characters where bland and I did not
    feel a connection to any of them. The whole movie was centered around
    the fighting scene – which it had plenty of and some of them totally
    trivial, just for the sake of it. The fighting scenes were no where
    near as beautiful and artistic like the original.

  • mhristijanFebruary 28, 2016Reply

    Lower you expectations

    I don’t know how they could take a masterpiece like Crouching Tiger,
    Hidden Dragon and destroyed it. This sequel has nothing of the first
    movie except for the title.

    Maybe i am too harsh, but Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was an epic
    movie, with good story line, legendary character in Li My Bai, great
    chemistry between characters and epic ending. So based on that my
    expectations for this movie were high. Plus if you put Donnie Yen, and
    Jason Scott Lee on top of that you would expect nothing less than the
    previous movie. But, no. In CTHD 2, the story is terrible, the
    characters are weak, empty and shallow,there is no connection between
    them, the directing is bad, and the worst part is, it’s in English. The
    only good thing are the fighting scenes and they are average at best.

    So to summarize this movie is an average Chinese kung fu movie with
    some decent action, sword fighting scenes. As a Crouching Tiger, Hidden
    Dragon sequel its a big disappointment and not worth watching.

  • mbyrdsongFebruary 28, 2016Reply

    Good but missing the authentic feel of the original

    Thumbs up to Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen for their awesome
    performances as always. The martial arts scenes were interesting with
    references to the original Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon movie, however
    the sequel lost a lot of its authenticity and appeal from that of the
    original. Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Harry Chum Jr portrayed characters
    reminiscent of those played by Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen in the
    original film, but not enough time was devoted to their development.

    In my opinion, the production of this film makes no effort to meet the
    bars set by the original Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Filming in
    English was the first mistake, not using Yo-Yo Ma and Tun Dun in the
    score was the second mistake. The cinematography and art direction
    choices reminded me of a made for TV movie. Although I like the movie
    overall, I don’t expect that there will be any Oscar nods this time.

    Good try Netflix, but I can’t help thinking that this would have been a
    bigger movie if done by Sony Pictures. I would have given the movie a 9
    or 10 if they had made different choices for Language and music.

  • altersaegeFebruary 28, 2016Reply

    A major disappointment. I hope the saga stops here.

    This movie continues in a very close way (too close, almost copy and
    paste) the path marked by the previous one, without any surprise, any
    innovation, any escalation in intensity. So many things happened in all
    these years and this movie feels unoriginal, repetitive and weak.
    Almost prehistory. It touches many stereotypes and it does it without
    intensity, without determination. It’s more like saying ”we would like
    you to feel this scene as epic” rather than making it really epic. For
    example the five men small army was characterized way too over-
    the-top. The moment of its creation was just a stereotypical scene saw
    many times and it felt very bored and boring. I could not connect to
    any of the characters and could not care less about what happened to
    any of them during the movie. The double love story of the first film
    (old guys and young guys) is once again there, with two new young guys
    and one ”new” old guy. The old lady is once again with her ridiculous
    sentimental doubts and indecision.

    All feels so lame and dull. It’s definitely not worth the wait and it a
    huge step down in quality compared with the first. Really
    disappointing.

  • manoskappaspmMarch 1, 2016Reply

    How Hollywood can turn a sequel into a disaster

    Sequels in general, tend to be overshadowed by the original releases
    with few exceptions.

    Having a strong cast and an excellent director, on the other hand, had
    me positively excited in anticipation for this release!! Unfortunately,
    scene after scene, character after character, my dismay kept growing,
    into a huge disappointment, leaving me thinking.. What did I just
    watch?

    A B-movie with a pile of money thrown into it? I will try and forget
    this ever happened. Crouching tiger hidden dragon, has its legacy and
    following. Hope this will not be ever related to the original
    masterpiece. Hollywood has repeatedly demonstrated its difficulty in
    understanding different cultures… If you can’t do it right, just
    leave it. Please?

  • Heffa2004March 1, 2016Reply

    Don’t compare with first movie

    To be clear, this movie shares a bit of a plot with the first, however
    the two are very different. I’m disappointed, because I was expecting a
    sequel, however once I just accepted this for what it was (A
    Hollywoodified remake) I started to enjoy it. My biggest
    disappointments come from terrible music score, why not just use the
    same one or maybe an altered arrangement? the score is generic martial
    arts movie.

    Secondly, far too much CGI, from fights, to stunts to locations. Just
    very jarring.

    Overall, this movie just tried so so hard to be more epic than the
    first, however lacked a vision, a poetic feeling and spiritual message
    like the first. Enjoy it for some brainless fun and some OK fight
    scenes, but don’t expect it to be anything like the first.

  • Tara SMarch 1, 2016Reply

    Max one timer on Netflix – Fast Forward Mode

    – So was the movie about martial arts imaginary stunts. Fine to look at
    it that ways. – People fighting for a sword/weapon – how many times we
    have exploited the approach, so this just another attempt – Anything
    else – No The movie flows into a very familiar pattern of an evil
    warlord looking for more power. With bunch of complex names to recall &
    relate during the narration. In the end after so many ill-timed,
    incomprehensible circumstances & reasons everything ends well. Thus in
    case you are in complete boredom Please do not watch thus flick or
    enjoy at your own risk. I am hoping this review helps you make wise
    decision if you are looking to watch this flick

  • darrenmurray84March 1, 2016Reply

    Give it a chance

    A lot of reviews have been rating this movie quite low. It seems most
    people are disappointed that it is not the first movie. There are a lot
    of differences with this sequel, mainly being the overall tone and look
    of the film.

    The original is always heralded as a classic, and a lot of people from
    the West go on about its originality. Martial Arts movie fans will know
    that these types of films were a common genre in the past. None of them
    were as well produced as Crouching Tiger, other than possibly Wong Kar
    Wai’s Ashes of Time (1994).

    Although filmed in English, this feels much more like a traditional
    Hong Kong martial arts film from the 70’s or 80’s. Some of the dialogue
    is slightly stilted in it’s delivery but doesn’t sound ridiculous as
    others have commented on. The romantic aspects of the original have
    been toned down, and the pulpy adventure aspects have been pushed to
    the front. This is not a bad thing, as the film has a number of
    excellent fight scenes throughout. The film site Joblo said that the
    fight scenes were poor. Personally they must have watched a different
    movie, as all the action was well done. The action may not compare to
    the original, but is still excellent.

    On the performance side, Yeoh and Yen are definitely the stars here.
    Yeoh reprising her role from the original is excellent as always,
    although does get a bit short changed in the finale. Yen is the main
    focus with the action, and as always works well with director Yuen Wo
    Ping. The best fight is his fight with Harry Shum Jr, Roger Yuan and
    himself on a frozen lake.

    The two younger leads in the film don’t make as much of an impact,
    especially when compared to Chang Chen and Zhang Ziyi in the original.
    Jason Scott Lee is a pantomime villain in the best sense, and does well
    in his fight scenes, although is carrying a considerable bit of weight
    since his Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story days.

    On the direction front, Yuen Wo Ping is no Ang Lee, but that isn’t
    really a problem due to the type of film that this version of Crouching
    Tiger is, being a pulpy action adventure. The locations have also been
    commented on, as the movie has been shot in New Zealand and not China.
    I actually liked this aspect as it gave the movie a different look than
    usual.

  • doub22March 1, 2016Reply

    Good movie, Michele Yeoh, still awesome!

    I liked the movie, found it entertaining with good choreography as well
    as beautifully shot. You cant compare it to the first one, as that one
    stands alone! I was looking forward to seeing it but also did not have
    my hopes up that it would be as good as the first. With that being
    said, I think that allowed me to enjoy the movie with out comparisons.
    Michele Yeoh still has a great presence on screen and is truly great at
    what she does. Donnie Yen is also great as he is great martial artist.
    Usually does well with most movies he is in. The rest of the cast come
    off really well, the young girl obviously an attempt to cast someone
    close to Ziyi Zhang. It would of been nice to get more background on
    some of the other cast members, but this might of made the movie to
    long.

  • MyjoyandlightMarch 1, 2016Reply

    A Lack of Originality Proves to be Downfall of Crouching Tiger…Sword of Destiny

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  • themadmoviemanMarch 2, 2016Reply

    A lacklustre sequel – feels like a TV movie

    Despite its acclaim, I’ve never been a huge fan of the original
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Its visuals were stunning, but I never
    found it as exciting or engrossing a story as expected. That said, it’s
    still a million times better than this awful sequel, that feels so much
    like a half-hearted nostalgia fest with lacklustre action, sub-par
    acting, average visuals and an appalling plot.

    But before I get into any of that, I want to just point out my biggest
    issue with this film; the one thing that infuriated me from the first
    second: it’s in English. Now, I’ve got no problem with watching dubbed
    versions of films, or characters from foreign countries speaking
    English in order to make a film more widely accessible, but when you’re
    making a sequel to a film that was entirely in Mandarin, and using the
    same characters and setting, changing it to English is ridiculous, and
    is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this unworthy sequel.

    Besides that, I was also frustrated by this film’s plot. Whilst I
    didn’t love the original, I was able to appreciate some of the deeper
    themes and meanings that drove its story, which did at least develop as
    the film went on. In Sword Of Destiny, however, the plot is pretty much
    stationary for the entire duration.

    In short, nothing of interest happens. There should have been a degree
    of tension as the rival gang attempts to retrieve its prisoner and
    capture the all-powerful Sword of Destiny, but that was completely
    absent. Instead, we have a random semi-love story between a young
    trainee of Yu Shu Lien and the prisoner, and then a bunch of fight
    scenes just chucked in here and there with no emotional set- up,
    something that’s integral to making a good and engaging action movie.

    So, I didn’t care about the fights, because, in the grand scheme of
    things, they just didn’t feel like they mattered. However, following on
    from the spectacular visuals of the original, surely the action scenes
    could have salvaged some enjoyment in that department here, right?

    Well, not exactly. Whilst the visuals are fine, and some of the
    choreography is entertaining, it still feels like a completely half-
    hearted attempt to replicate the original, so there’s not too much to
    get excited about there either.

    Overall, Sword Of Destiny is hugely disappointing. It’s the sort of
    movie that’s both come out far too late after the original, and feels
    almost more like an unofficial TV sequel (think Mean Girls 2 or
    something like that) with its general poor quality and consistently
    tedious plot that fails to instil any real entertainment or intrigue
    whatsoever.

  • ebossertMarch 3, 2016Reply

    Watchable fluff – not as bad as some have claimed

    Note: Check me out as the ”Asian Movie Enthusiast” on YouTube, where I
    review tons of Asian movies.

    The first Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was released 16 years ago. I
    think it’s a solid film and I enjoyed it quite a bit. There are other
    swordplay films that I enjoy more than that one, but overall I think
    it’s deserving of its accolades. Now, after watching the trailers for
    Sword of Destiny, I gathered the impression that this would be a more
    generic period action movie that’s less dramatically effective than its
    predecessor . . . and that’s basically what I got. Over the past few
    days I’ve noticed that it has become instantly fashionable to bash on
    this flick, but I don’t think it’s as bad as its initial reputation
    suggests. It has its flaws, but I found it watchable.

    For example, it actually looks quite lovely. It’s nicely shot and has
    some impressive locations. The natural environments are captured well
    and have a bit of a variety; there are pretty forests, mountains, snowy
    locales, bodies of water, etc. It’s nice to look at and looks
    professionally made. I feel like I need to say this because some people
    think that Netflix produced this film. I don’t think that’s true at
    all, actually. Unless I’m missing something, Netflix is just
    distributing it in conjunction with its theatrical release.

    Unfortunately, the scriptwriting is significantly weak element here.
    The characters and the story are very generic, which makes this feel
    like a ”by-the-book” genre movie. I almost feel like it’s pointless to
    even discuss the plot in any detail. You have some martial arts masters
    who take in younger trainees with questionable morals, and some bad guy
    (who’s bad . . . just because) tries to steal a special sword. If
    you’ve seen a number of wuxia films, there’s nothing new that you’re
    going to see here. The conflicts do not have a lasting dramatic impact,
    which means that you’re basically just waiting for the next action
    sequence.

    But fortunately, there are a number of good fights that are peppered
    throughout. The director here is Yuen-Woo Ping, who previously directed
    a bunch of entertaining action films in Hong Kong – a few of which
    include Iron Monkey (1993), In the Line of Duty 4 (1989), Tiger Cage
    (1988), and Drunken Master (1978). More recently he’s been known for
    his action choreography in films such as The Matrix trilogy, Kill Bill,
    and the first Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon film. In terms of action,
    this guy knows what he’s doing. Also, Sword of Destiny has some
    legitimate action movie stars with Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh. So you
    have some serious talent both in front of and behind the camera here,
    so the fights are generally good. The best of which involve Donnie Yen
    on an iced-over pond and Michelle Yeoh in a dark room (fighting a
    witch). There is use of wires (as expected) and some use of CGI (but
    not too much). Sometimes it does look a bit cartoony. There’s nothing
    here that will rival the Ip Man films or The Raid films in terms of
    sheer awesomeness, but I found the action to be generally entertaining.
    And there was enough of it to make up for its dramatic flaws.

  • versluysjMarch 4, 2016Reply

    Would have been pretty good, if not for the English!

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  • zenshaftMarch 5, 2016Reply

    Complete garbage

    Don’t let the name fool you.

    Yes, it’s supposed to be a sequel to the incredible Crouching tiger,
    hidden dragon. But apart from the name and some characters it shares
    nothing with the original movie.

    The direction is garbage, the story is silly, and the fights are cut
    into pieces. If you come to this expecting anything like the visual
    impact and beauty of the original film, you will be extremely
    disappointed.

    It looks like a cheap daytime drama filmed with a phone camera by a
    group of enthusiastic 14yearolds who lack any sense of style, context,
    or storytelling.

    I got so bored and frustrated that I even left halfway through it.

  • LaurieMannMarch 5, 2016Reply

    Crouching Tiger was GREAT but..Sword of Destiny, not so much.

    I really loved Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

    Sword of Destiny is a very frustrating movie. It has some of the feel
    of the original, but it suffers from ”Hollywood sequelitis” –
    everything must be more amped. Lots of characters added, very erratic
    focus, very little plot or character development.

    Michelle Yeoh is wonderful as always. Most of the new actors are kind
    of a blur.

    The movie has some terrific photography and sword fighting scenes, but
    nothing as awe-inspiring as the first movie, when so much of this style
    of fighting was new to me. Probably worth watching if you loved the
    first movie, but it’s a noisy shadow of the first, so it’s on the
    disappointing side.

  • shwdlMarch 6, 2016Reply

    A huge disappointment

    Don’t be fooled by the title which has ”tiger and dragon”. This squeal
    only intends to use the big name for a better sale, but fails to
    deliver what made the original one great. As a Chinese who’s been
    practicing Chinese martial arts and following all major martial art
    movies, I found this movie painful to watch. In a way, it’s a ”General
    Tsao’s chicken” with super sweet sauce on it. It may please certain
    western audience but not even close to being authentic. You see lord of
    ring, kungfu panda, some avatar, some old copies from the original one,
    and one character from the first one. No story, no acting, no
    entertaining.

  • sugarmackMarch 6, 2016Reply

    Not written by a Chinese person, and feels like it. A little insulting.

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  • Kevin Lea DaviesMarch 8, 2016Reply

    Netfix Ruins A Cinematic Legend

    Back in the late 1990’s there was only one cinema in my hometown, there
    were only 4 screens to show, and it was a nice little old fashioned
    theatre. But it was difficult and expensive to run, so most of the time
    they would show whatever Hollywood blockbuster they could get their
    hands on in order to attract moviegoers, and hopefully management could
    turn a profit and pay the rent on the building. I got to know a few of
    the people that worked there, and we would discuss whatever movie was
    playing at the time. I was influenced by the manager there to seek out
    foreign films, and not limit myself in terms of what simplistic
    cinematic experiences were coming out of the U.S at the time. As we all
    became friends, the manager got a hold of a reel of ‘Crouching Tiger,
    Hidden Dragon’ and screened it for a 2 weeks in my small, winter town
    up in the mountains.

    It was the most defining and beautiful foreign film I had ever seen up
    to that point. The depth of story, the well defined and bold
    characters, the incredible beauty and choreography of every jump,
    throw, and kick. It was an incredible love story, but so much more than
    that, it was something that really stayed with me long after the film
    was over. I had just enjoyed my first love story, and it was a movie
    that made me sad and pleased at the same time. I watched it several
    times for those two weeks, and I would always find something new in the
    film (whether it was put there intentionally or if it just my
    imagination was irrelevant). It was, and still is, the seminal film in
    which I compare all martial arts movies to. It moved me. It made me
    cry. It helped me to comprehend a culture I didn’t understand, in a
    language that I had never heard before. Yet most importantly it was
    complex and curious and a wonderfully moving story.

    … I can barely express my disappointment with its sequel…

    Netflix gets their money hungry claws into this one, and it shows in
    every single frame and scene. Everything about this movie is an insult
    to the original. From the simple and barely driven story, to the weak
    and unforgivably trite plot devices (most of which are just copied from
    the original), and the characters that are so paper thin; you can see
    right through their terrible visage and witness actors trying their
    hardest to not appear to be actors. This movie is a complete and utter
    sham. A cash grab for a company that could afford the property rights
    in hopes to make a quick payday. The language is lost as we are forced
    to listen to the actors speak their non-native English, which ruins the
    poetry of the dialogue that was in the original masterpiece. The actors
    all seem to mistake acting for memorization, and watching them is
    remarkably like actors on some daytime T.V soap opera (or if you can
    recall the show Mortal Kombat: Conquest? It feels a bit like that, but
    much… much worse). To be honest, I was surprised Michelle Yeoh would
    even agree to do this movie, despite the 16 years since the first film.
    There has been ample time for a well written sequel, but unfortunately,
    this is not it.

    This is such an offence the original film, that it should never have
    been made. Disgraceful.

    2/10

  • Paul SMarch 8, 2016Reply

    Raging Cow

    The preceding film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (CTHD) burst onto
    the international scene in 2000. It was a remarkable film; the
    introduction to Wuxia for a great many westerners, and in some ways a
    betrayal of Wuxia for many Chinese. Helmed by a director recently from
    ”Sense and Sensibility”, the film had an amount of subtlety and
    restraint that was truly uncommon in the frantic world of martial arts
    films.

    Actors gliding over rooftops and dancing over ponds and bamboo forests
    do not generally communicate ‘restraint’, and yet this year’s sequel,
    ‘Crouching Tiger: The Sword of Destiny’ provides an inadvertent
    illustration of how restrained the original film truly was, and a
    parable on the power of containment versus the futility of excess.

    In the prequel, CTHD (2000), we saw the contest between masters and
    schools leak out into the fabric of the film itself: the on-screen
    conflict between furious but unfocused talent, versus the magic of
    deft, supple expertise wasn’t just the focus of the story itself, but
    it shaped they way the film chose to depict that story. The tension
    between flagrant acrobatic novelty and beautifully understated longing
    created a kind of unique cinematic arch that the film was carefully
    built around. Director Ang Lee placed himself alongside fight
    choreographer Yuen Wo-ping, and had the central conflict play out in
    the directorial layer simultaneously with the characters on screen, and
    the result was cinematic alchemy.

    This film however, The Sword of Destiny, is what happens without any
    foundational kind of insight; it is not that fight-choreographer Yuen
    Wo-Ping’s direction is particularly without flair, it is that he cannot
    seem to properly channel this energy towards a considered end; The
    Sword of Destiny is the showy punch without the follow-through, and it
    fails to deliver any lasting impression.

    Film isn’t simply a motley collection of flashy scenes; It certainly
    doesn’t help that Wo-Ping is launching this project from the jaded
    opportunism of Harvey Weinstein channeled through John Fusco, the
    barely conscious ”writer” of ”Young Guns”, who is now busy adapting the
    bestselling and truly horrifying evangelical theodicy pamphlet ”The
    Shack”.

    The Director of Photography here is the often underwhelming Newton
    Thomas Sigel; (previoulsy of X-men, the Usual Suspects ) recently of
    ”Drive”; a film whose blue/orange juxtaposition has become a defacto
    standard. Here Sigel attempts similar approach using Red vs Green-Blue
    (called ‘qing’) to evoke classical Chinese adornment, but the effect is
    so massively overblown and completely without subtlety that you might
    wonder whether he just had some intern do it.

    After dining on the gorgeous palettes of other Wuxia films such as
    Zimou’s ”House of Flying Daggers” (2004), or more recently Hou
    Hsiao-Hsien’s ”The Assassin” (2015), the effect in ‘The Sword of
    Destiny’ in is like trying to watch a film through a green beer bottle
    or gimmicky instagram filter. I found it so alienating that even the
    physical sets themselves look unreal; meaning we the audience are
    already feeling primed to reject the (predictably overwrought)
    computer-generated wide shots. Combined with the relentlessly grandiose
    antics on screen and almost no quiet periods, the effect is quickly
    fatal to the film.

    Michelle Yeoh (Shu-Lien) is an international treasure; she alone seems
    to understand the dynamics at work here. She walks through this film
    and gracefully navigates through a script of almost weaponized inanity,
    and her performance is still nearly enough to re-ground the film and
    save it from itself. Yet eventually destiny (in this case, the
    over-eager director) cuts even her on its quest for adventure.

    Donnie Yen (as Silent Wolf) is a far more skilled martial artist than
    his counterpart in the first film, and yet he provides an almost
    perfect example of how martial prowess isn’t sufficient to produce a
    compelling film.

    Newcomer Natasha Liu Bordizzo (as Snow Vase) is both talented and has
    an intuitive gift for how to make camera work for her. I am keen to see
    what she does next.

    As the villain, Jason Scott Lee seems to think physical presence will
    do.

  • roystephen-81252March 8, 2016Reply

    Watch it as a standalone movie, expect nothing, and you might be pleasantly surprised

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  • ArgemalucoMarch 9, 2016Reply

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

    I will say it from the beginning: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword
    of Destiny is inferior to the wonderful original film. But on its own
    merit, I found it a fascinating martial arts movie with good
    performances and impressive action sequences. Among the things I
    appreciated the most in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of
    Destiny, I have to mention the return of Michelle Yeoh, one of my
    favorite actresses, bringing quite a credibility and intensity to her
    role once again and proving that, at her 53 years of age, she keeps
    having the grace and ability I admired so much during the ’90s in films
    like Wing Chun, The Heroic Trio and Police Story 3: Supercop. The rest
    of the cast also makes an excellent work, from martial arts veterans
    such as Donnie Yen and Eugenia Yuan to rookies such as Harry Shum Jr.,
    Chris Pang and Natasha Liu Bordizzo; all of them are given sub-plots of
    a diverse dramatic weight, but they all occupy a valid place in the
    mythological tapestry of this saga. Sure, it’s probable that the
    multitude of characters is designed to establish the bases of future
    sequels, in case Yeoh or Yen don’t want to return (and in case this
    film is successful enough); however, the variety of narrative tangents
    keeps the story on a constant movement, perfectly employing the classic
    elements of martial arts cinema: the rivalry between clans, the concern
    for family honor, the dynamic between master and disciple, etc. The
    only thing I would say against Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of
    Destiny is that the ”wire-fu” is too notorious in a few occasions.
    However, that’s a small complaint which didn’t avoid me from
    appreciating all the pros this movie has to offer, such as the
    simultaneously spectacular and dramatically relevant battles, as well
    as a captivating screenplay which respects the spirit of its
    predecessor, but without feeling limited because of that. In other
    words, the ones who have watched Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will
    appreciate the references and evolution of certain characters, while
    the newcomers won’t need any previous knowledge in order to comprehend
    the premise and enjoy the experience. In conclusion, Crouching Tiger,
    Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny is an excellent martial arts film which
    doesn’t neglect the characters or the story. As I said on the beginning
    of this review, I would place it below the previous movie, but that
    didn’t avoid me from liking it very much, and I definitely recommend it
    with enthusiasm.

  • pal05052003March 12, 2016Reply

    18 years after events of the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a new menace rises

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  • wangeksMarch 13, 2016Reply

    smh…..

    The people who attempted this should have totally considered the fact
    that the first crouching tiger won 4 Oscars and 2 Golden Globes. What a
    waste of money on the big names on such a ”B” grade feeling movie. I
    gave 5 out of 10 out of respect for Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen. They
    are the only 2 reasons the film feels even remotely authentic. Ang Lee
    and his crew would be ashamed of this. Just so many mistakes and i’m
    not even a filmmaker or anything i’m just someone with a keen eye for
    details.

    I’m too lazy to watch it again to catch all the mistakes but one big
    fail is why no breath vapors in the ice cold weather?! For me if you
    wanna do something in another language make sure the essence is
    untouched. Just wasn’t feeling the culture although aesthetically
    everything was pretty on point. My mom is traditional Taiwanese and i
    grew up in Singapore where martial arts TV series and movies were
    pretty common back in the 90s.

    Also i feel that casting artists who did not grow up in Asia (prob
    struggle to speak the language too) made a big difference. They just
    don’t have the depth within the culture to bring such roles to life. If
    Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen weren’t in it i doubt this film would have
    any credibility. One of the reasons i watched it too.

    I wonder how much research and living the culture the writer spent
    before embarking on this project. I mean i wouldn’t even dare make a
    movie i know nothing about. But then again i’m no scriptwriter nor film
    person i just comment on what i saw and these are my opinions.

  • Dr_SaganMarch 13, 2016Reply

    A weak sequel with lots of forced plot elements…

    Sword of Destiny (2016) tries to pick up several years after the events
    of Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).

    Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) holds again in her hands Li Mu Bai’s
    legendary sword, known as the Green Destiny, and here is where the
    forced elements starting to emerge… A ferocious villain and his clan
    is after the sword. A conflicted young couple is needed to enrich the
    plot and to give a feel of Zhang Ziyi who is missing from the cast. A
    character who I wont spoil you who he is, played by Donnie Yen, and who
    has an unbelievable connection with the first movie. And of course the
    usual revenge sub-plots etc etc.

    Unfortunately, the feel of the movie has nothing to do with Ang Lee’s
    multi-awarded film. It feels like a generic wuxia movie. Too much
    cable-flying, most of it unnecessary if you ask me, uninspiring fights,
    over-processed and unnatural imagery… and the music, despite the
    reprize of Tan Dun’s original theme from 2000, is not a perfect fit.

    Overall: Yuen Woo-Ping, the grandmaster of kung-fu choreography makes a
    sub-par movie with CTHD2. You might want to check it out, out of
    curiosity if you liked the original more than 15 years ago. But
    honestly, despite the return of Michelle Yeoh don’t expect much…

  • R-ClercxMarch 16, 2016Reply

    A very flawed attempt to Americanize a Chinese art-house classic

    Obviously their was a decent production budget and energy spend on this
    martial arts movie set in ancient China. Much effort went into
    (re)creating sets, costumes and choreography. That’s the good part…

    However, it’s out of place to go through all the effort to evoke a
    historical time period, only to let all Chinese characters speak
    English (in a time period where only very few Chinese intellectuals
    would be able to speak any other other language than Chinese). Either
    the producers didn’t have faith in a movie audience to read subtitles
    or to accept a movie with any other spoken language than English. The
    original movie did manage to do that however: to appeal as well to a
    mainstream audience AND lovers of exotic foreign language martial arts
    movies.

    Sword of Destiny doesn’t do anything which hasn’t been done much better
    before. Martial Arts in itself as a genre, having being so popular
    mainly in the 70s and 80s has explored about any camera angle, fast
    montage and special effect. Tarantino already directed the ultimate
    homage in Kill Bill.

    Sword of Destiny, although with some credits to the production in
    itself never amazes, unless you’ve never seen a martial arts movie
    before. Like in the previous Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon there is a
    lot of cable work and floating going on. As if fast paced and shot
    martial arts scenes weren’t enough, in this series the fighting
    characters are elevated to near super heroes, resulting in choreography
    and fighting scenes which aren’t credible anymore.

    This is exactly where for instance Bruce Lee-flicks were far superior:
    as a viewer you saw incredible sequences but yet they remained
    credible. In Sword of Destiny the character has seized to be human and
    becomes a fantasy.

    Sword of Destiny finally ends up being neither: too slick to be
    accepted by a die hard audience of authentic martial arts movies, too
    Americanized to appeal to lovers of historical art house costume
    movies.

    Going through all the effort to evoke an ancient Chinese period and let
    all Chinese characters speak English is simply foolish.

    Sword of Destiny is exactly where American mainstream cinema has gone
    wrong: in a cash-in attempt to ‘Americanize’ classics in other
    countries, they end up with would-be blockbusters without soul or
    authenticity what so ever. You watch it, you forget it: it’s not good,
    not super bad either, it ends up being a movie you hardly remember the
    next day, unlike the original.

  • HellmantMarch 16, 2016Reply

    It definitely won’t be up for any Academy Awards.

    ‘CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY’: Three and a Half
    Stars (Out of Five)

    Sequel to the Oscar winning 2000 martial arts epic ‘CROUCHING TIGER,
    HIDDEN DRAGON’ (from director Ang Lee). This one was directed by
    Woo-Ping Yuen; who also helmed such beloved Kung fu classics as
    ‘DRUNKEN MASTER’, ‘SNAKE IN THE EAGLE’S SHADOW’ and ‘IRON MONKEY’. It’s
    based on the book ‘Iron Knight, Silver Vase’ (by Du Lu Wang), and it
    was scripted by John Fusco (who also wrote ‘YOUNG GUNS’, ‘YOUNG GUNS
    II’ and ‘THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM’). The movie stars Michelle Yeoh
    (reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien), Donnie Yen, Harry Shum Jr. (of
    ‘GLEE’ fame), Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Jason Scott Lee. The story
    revolves around Yu Shu Lien defending the sword of her former
    (deceased) lover, Master Li Mu Bai (played by Chow Yun Fat, in the
    original film), from evildoers. It’s not nearly as great a film as the
    original, but it’s still a lot of fun.

    After several years living in retirement (alone), Yu Shu Lien (Yeoh)
    travels to Peking, to defend the Green Destiny; the former sword of Li
    Mu Bai. An evil warlord, named Hades Dai (Lee), wants the powerful
    sword for himself. He sends a young fighter, named Wei Fang (Shum Jr.),
    to steal it for him. A mysterious traveler, called Silent Wolf (Yen),
    also comes to Peking, with a band of warriors, to help Lien defend the
    sword. Lien also finds aid in the form of a young woman (Bordizzo),
    that wants Lien to train her.

    The movie is definitely not in the same league as Ang Lee’s critically
    acclaimed masterpiece, but it is a more than decent Kung fu flick. The
    cast is great, and Yuen’s directing is superb (I’m a big fan of his
    early Jackie Chan cult films). There’s some great fight scenes and some
    beautiful fantastic visuals (including a battle on a frozen lake). The
    movie is sure to please die-hard fans of the genre, but it definitely
    won’t be up for any Academy Awards.

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  • DuchinoMarch 17, 2016Reply

    Bearing the legacy name but an almost altogether different movie

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  • selsaralMarch 20, 2016Reply

    great

    Obviously this film is different from the first one in many ways. It
    has its positive and negative qualities. As a sequel, it lacks the
    impressive feel, mood, and production style of Ang Lee.

    But I really like this movie. My least favorite viewing was the first.
    It’s grown on me. The Kung Fu is superb, in several ways superior to
    the first movie IMHO. I don’t know if it’s CGI, or just better
    techniques, but all of the gravity-defying ”light body” maneuvers in
    this movie are miles ahead of what I’ve seen in other movies. Compared
    to something like Iron Monkey or the first Crouching Tiger, this movie
    is downright realistic in the way people fly all over the place. For
    example, Donnie Yen’s fighting entrance where he flies into the scene
    and lands looks absolutely amazing. The movie is full of this and it’s
    fantastic to watch. There are multiple flying scenes in the first
    Crouching Tiger than make me wince every time.

    I’m a big Donnie Yen fan and he was perfect for this role. With
    Michelle Yeoh, you really can’t ask for better actors in a kung fu
    film. With Woo-Ping Yuen and company you have some of the best kung fu
    filmmakers in history, and it shows.

    Something about the story, writing, and feel don’t work perfectly for
    me, which prevents me from rating it higher. But I’m going to watch
    this movie a lot, and I’ve already fallen for it.

    Personally I’d beg for more movies like this. I don’t even need them in
    English, subtitles are fine.

  • A_Different_DrummerMarch 25, 2016Reply

    irony of irony

    Your humble reviewer believes that the destiny of certain very special
    sequels is not merely to entertain, not merely to make money, but to
    strike a chord within the viewer that makes you realize how much you
    enjoyed the original and want to see it again.

    So it was that at the halfway point of this movie I decided to go to
    the Amazon site and order the original CTHD. Only with the perspective
    of this lop-sided followup can the beauty, the genius, of the original
    be appreciated.

    That said, a lot of top talent try very hard to salvage this title but
    aside from some amazing fight scenes — scenes which by themselves are
    almost worth the price of the ticket — it just keeps letting you down.

    Yen’s performance here made me appreciate his restraint in the 3 Ip Man
    movies even more. And watching the increasingly heavy Jason Scott Lee
    reminded me that when he first debuted on the scene, he played a very
    svelte Bruce Lee. And any film with Michelle Yeoh is always worth a
    look.

    Have a glance here, but cherish the original.

  • peefynMarch 26, 2016Reply

    A fantasy movie with little focus on the characters

    First of all, while this movie is without a doubt a sequel to Crouching
    Tiger Hidden Dragon, there’s little in that’s hard to understand
    without having seen the first one.

    This movie was alright, despite itself. The fight scenes are both good
    and fun, and there are some real nice performances from the people
    involved in them. If you don’t enjoy them, there’s not much to like
    about this movie other than its setting. Instead of using the fight
    scenes to develop the characters, it feels like this movie uses
    character scenes so that we can better understand the fights.

    The plot, and characters, all seem like something you could find in a
    Dungeons&Dragons campaign, and you never really feel any emotional
    connection to them, and at least I ended up not feeling the risks they
    were taking, or caring about their motivations.

    The setting is fun, though. And if you enjoy the fantasy genre (in
    general), I’m sure you will get something out of this (as I did). The
    visuals are at times great, but often it’s quite obvious that they are
    CGI (sadly).

  • gambitvoleurMarch 27, 2016Reply

    Fun for a fan of the genre, but lacking the artistic value of the first movie.

    If you’re looking to enjoy a corny, period-piece kung fu movie that
    hits the usual notes while offering a few well-choreographed fight
    scenes in interesting locations, this movie will do just fine. If,
    however, you were expecting a worthy sequel to the Oscar-winning Ang
    Lee film, you’ll be disappointed.

    The acting—which is actually done in English this time—is generally
    mediocre, although it’s hard separate it from the writing, which forces
    the characters to spout movie clichés and Confucian truisms. Michelle
    Yeoh is back to reprise her role, and happily so; she’s the best actor
    in the film, and her character is the only tether to the original story
    besides the sword of destiny itself. The other players are new, and
    their characters can be divided into two categories: 1) generic members
    of a heroic motley crew, and 2) knockoff versions of people in the
    first film.

    In the first category we’ve got some of the usual suspects coming
    together to defend the titular sword. Battle-weary middle-aged warrior?
    Check. Young man who throws knives? Check. Token woman who also throws
    things? Check. A big strong guy and a self-taught drunken master? Check
    and Check. Movies that involve assembling a team can be great fun,
    whether it’s The Magnificent Seven or Ocean’s Eleven, and sometimes
    they can even be great cinema, like the original Seven Samurai. But
    this film does a lazy, perfunctory job of walking you through the
    steps. The whole crew convenes more-or-less in one place, and they
    instantly agree to take on the job, almost as if to say ”Look, you know
    the deal right? Do we really have to put any time into it?” We hardly
    get to know them at all before battles ensue and the credits roll. This
    is not to say the movie isn’t any fun; it’s fun, it just isn’t
    particularly good.

    In the second category, we have clones of characters from the original
    film: another thwarted-by-fate love interest for Yu Shu Lien (Michelle
    Yeoh), another noble lady with secret sword skills and a criminal past,
    another young ruffian who acts as a (sort of) love interest for the
    lady. Aside from the redundancy in storytelling, the problem with
    treading old ground here is that it makes you sorely miss the acting of
    Chow Yun-Fat and Zhang Ziyi in the original. His implacable Zen smile
    and her impetuous, resentful glares reverberated off each other
    delightfully. Natasha Liu Bordizzo, who plays the distractingly-named
    ”Snow Vase,” doesn’t quite have that talent. The relationship between
    Yu Shu Lien and Snow Vase peaked my interest, as did Snow Vase’s
    ultimate backstory, but those moments were all too brief. Meanwhile the
    main villain is dull dull dull. His sword and chest plate are more
    interesting than he is, and everything we know about him comes only by
    word-of-mouth. His sorceress-type confederate, described as ”the blind
    enchantress,” offers more mystique, but neither one ends up having the
    personal significance or the flawed humanity of Jade Fox in Ang Lee’s
    movie. And that hot, bloody memory of desert love that interrupts the
    main story in the first film? There’s no counterpart here; it’s only
    caged flirtation between the young warriors.

    Like all great mythical swords, the Green Destiny becomes a character
    itself, and in spite of everything, the fan in me was happy to see it
    appear again with jade appointments and calligraphy on the blade. But
    the sword is relegated to the background; it’s just sort of there. It
    doesn’t help Snow Vase achieve discipline; Silent Wolf never
    illustrates whatever legendary power it has, and so without a reminder
    from the first film, you’re left wondering why everybody is obsessed
    with the weapon in the first place. Without the Lady of the Lake and
    its magical scabbard, Excalibur is just a cool name. So it is with
    Green Destiny in this movie. All of which makes it even harder to
    justify having this movie be a sequel instead of just churning out a
    new film.

    Gone are the masterful cinematic moments from the original; yes, there
    are lush landscapes and pretty side-views of caravans trotting through
    the forest. But these shots owe more to Lord of the Rings than to the
    first film. (Even one of the most striking fight sequences—a precarious
    scuffle atop a snow-dusted frozen lake—echoes one of the many endings
    in the third Hobbit movie.) The battle atop a multi-tiered fortress and
    the tavern brawl are amusing enough. But there is nothing that tops the
    hypnotic sway of Li Mu Bai balancing on a bamboo stalk or the fiery
    endlessness of the desert plateaus that made the first Crouching Tiger
    more than just an action flick. The soul-aching, mournful violins and
    the sense of beautiful tragedy in that first film have given way to
    borderline camp.

    So all in all, the whole thing feels like a really well-done,
    unlicensed fan-sequel. Many lovers of martial arts movies are
    accustomed to hammy acting and plots defined by tropes, so no doubt
    many viewers will enjoy Sword of Destiny. But one of the virtues of its
    predecessor was that it brought a wider audience into the fold. It was
    a small miracle when the first Crouching Tiger arrived in my little
    hometown, where even Oscar-winning foreign films don’t often make it
    into local theaters. Even if most of the audience showed up hoping to
    see Asian people dance-fight in an action flick, they were
    inadvertently exposed to something more. Something artful. But this
    sequel, whatever its virtues may be, is just another one of the endless
    middle-of-the-road options on Netflix.

  • KineticSeoulMarch 27, 2016Reply

    Actually quite disappointing

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  • kristystoneApril 1, 2016Reply

    Its worth watching on a Saturday Night

    I just watched this movie last night on Netflix, and was super stoked
    on it. But today when I was on the internet trying to piece together
    the story from story one to this story, I saw how much bad reviews this
    movie got and wanted to give this movie so back up.

    Yes, it wasn’t as great as Part 1 with the action and script, but the
    overall story line and characters was awesome. I loved how it played
    back into her lover that she was arranged to be with and why it did not
    come to play, and why her love with Li Mu Bai did not come full fold.
    It was a simpler story line that is worth a Netflix Saturday movie on
    the couch. I agree I wouldn’t have gone to the movies for this one, but
    it is a DVD to have in collection. But this is just my opinion. I feel
    it was a movie worth watching.

    Good job to all the actors and crew members who made this movie, it was
    worth it. Good Job.

  • JerghalApril 19, 2016Reply

    It does what films never should do: bore you!

    Netflix strikes again! This time they chose to ruin the memory of a the
    16 year old classic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with a sequel that
    shines in being utterly boring. The film is only 100 mins long but it
    seems to last so much longer. The story is poorly constructed and there
    so little happening that halfway through the movie I hardly knew what
    is was about. Something about the titular sword, but it seems so
    unfocused and aimless. You never have the sense that the story is going
    anywhere or that the characters have some clear purpose. Also the
    characters are dull and the dialogue utterly uninspired. They did an
    effort to make it look good but strangely enough this film looks like a
    TV movie (well it actually is) that has this strong ‘shot in a studio’
    look (much like War Horse for example). I didn’t check the director
    before watching it but was very surprised Woo-Ping (action
    choreographer Matrix films) was at the wheel. So the action should at
    least be good right? Wrong, the fight scenes are slow and dull, not
    fast and furious. So I would recommend to skip this film entirely,
    certainly if you liked the original and want to keep your memory of it
    intact.

  • Leofwine_dracaApril 22, 2016Reply

    Better than the first, but then I didn’t like the first

    This belated sequel to CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON retains chief
    actress Michelle Yeoh and the wuxia look and feel to the thing, but
    jettisons everything else. The overrated Ang Lee has gone to be
    replaced by the reliable Yuen Woo-Ping as director, and Donnie Yen has
    been brought in to replace Chow Yun-Fat in the lead hero stakes. Plus,
    with this being a Chinese/American co-production, the decision was made
    to shoot the thing in English with mainly western-speaking actors.

    It’s a bit of a mixed bag of a film, with a very basic storyline which
    barely deserves mention (lots of different characters are in pursuit of
    a mystical sword). What it does offer, as a film, is plenty of action,
    with lots of fight scenes that surpass the ones in the original (I
    didn’t think much of the first film at all, looking back on it). Yen
    and Yeoh are as reliable as ever, and the towering Jason Scott Lee
    looks virtually unrecognisable as the bad guy. The only issue is that,
    as with lots of modern Chinese films, the insistence on including lots
    of cheesy CGI scenes of flying people and the like looks ridiculous.
    It’s about time that filmmakers realise that less is more when it comes
    to CGI (are you listening, Peter Jackson?) and that movies would be a
    lot better if they stuck to being more practical in approach.

  • 851222May 10, 2016Reply

    Enjoyable flick

    Greetings from Lithuania.

    ”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” (2016) is a guilty
    pleasure. It’s predictable and kinda cheese flick, but i enjoyed much
    more then i taught i would – just don’t compare it with the first one,
    it lacks the magic of the original or any deep. Nevertheless as a 1h 40
    min escapism flick it does it’s job well enough to recommend it. There
    are some pretty weak stuff, like some flashbacks to characters at the
    end who have died – that didn’t work, or romance which is a more like
    ”meet-cute” then real thing (nothing so deep and poetry like it was in
    the first one – not for a mile). But this movie is excellently paced, i
    wasn’t bored for a second, characters are more or less two dimensional
    but well drawn so you can separate one from another – and Natasha Liu
    Bordizzo (aka Snow Vase) is very gorgeous young woman – that was her
    first role ever – not that’s a plus for a movie itself – just saying…

    Overall, ”Sword of Destiny” is totally different movie then first one.
    It lacks any poetry, it is a very straightforward and kinda predictable
    flick, but very enjoyable one for a one evening.

  • perkypopsJune 10, 2016Reply

    Wonderful cinema, but less convincing plot than original

    In many ways watching this sequel to the original Crouching Tiger,
    Hidden Dragon, is an experience equal to the original, although the
    story line is not as convincing or compelling as the original. What’s
    to like are the flawed characters still driven by a profound inner
    goodness or badness made possible by the time and country in which the
    story is set. The unique oriental capacity to have human beings perform
    apparently superhuman feats is, at times, overdone and that is the
    films main flaw when compared to the first film. And perhaps the
    linking up of all the set pieces lacks the finesse of the original.

    However, it is very watchable, well acted, beautifully photographed,
    and memorable from the very beginning when the breathtaking scenery is
    caught with such rich outlines, camera angles, and clever technology.
    All the way through are these rich feasts of panoramas painting an
    atmosphere which is unique to this genre.

    I have awarded it seven out of ten, but if I had to judge the film on
    cinematography alone it would be closer to ten.

  • elisabet-weckmanJune 22, 2016Reply

    Disappointment in non Mandarin version etc

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  • rcolganJuly 4, 2016Reply

    A Disappointing Sequel

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon remains one of the greatest martial arts
    films ever made. The breath-taking cinematography and graceful fighting
    sequences led it to become the highest grossing film in a foreign
    language in North America, helped open up the west to Asian cinema and
    is quite simply a masterpiece. But sadly The Sword of Destiny seems to
    capture very little of the beauty that made Crouching Tiger so
    incredible and instead feels more like an attempt to cash in on the
    legacy of Ang Lee’s original film.

    Taking place 18 years after the original film, Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh)
    returns to defend the sword Green Destiny once again, this time from
    the evil Lord Hades (Jason Scott Lee). She is assisted by Silent Wolf
    (Donnie Yen), her ex fiancé who she believed was dead. Meanwhile a
    young woman known as Snow Vase (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) who is training
    under Shu Lien begins to fall for Wei Fang (Harry Shun Jr), a young
    thief who attempted to steal the sword for Hades. The film rehashes
    several story beats from the original film but recreates them with far
    weaker characterisation and lacks the same depth of its predecessor.

    The only returning cast member from the first film is Michelle Yeoh,
    who does deliver a good performance by bringing the same wisdom and
    nobility that she bought to the first film. However every other
    character suffers from a screenplay that is incapable of doing anything
    other than filling up time until the next action sequence. The main
    romance in the film between the two young lovers is never able to
    create any real chemistry. Even Donnie Yen, one of the greatest Chinese
    action stars, is unable to do anything with his little screen time and
    the incredibly bland script other than fight and look stoic.

    The cinematography mixed with the vast landscapes looks nice at times,
    but at others the film suffered heavily from an overuse of CGI that
    feels like a very misguided departure from the natural beauty of the
    original film. Also instead of being filmed in Mandarin like the
    original film, the actors instead all speak English. Obviously this is
    done to appeal to a wider demographic, but it ends up distancing itself
    even further from the tone of the original film.

    Out of everyone who could direct a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Woo- Ping
    Yuen could at first seem like a good choice. He’s directed some of the
    greatest action films from China (including Drunken Master and Iron
    Monkey) and was even the action choreographer for the original
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. And he is able to pull of some great
    fight sequences throughout the film, including one creative sequence
    battling along a frozen lake. But as impressive as the fight
    choreography is, it never recaptures the tone of the original Crouching
    Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Whereas the fights in Crouching Tiger played out
    like a delicate dance through which two warriors communicated, Sword of
    Destiny is an impressive display of fighting skill and stunt work, but
    nothing much else.

    Also whilst Woo-Ping Yuen is quite possibly one of the greatest action
    directors of all time, his style just wasn’t suited here. Crouching
    Tiger, Hidden Dragon wasn’t really an action movie. It was a romantic
    drama cleverly disguised as a martial arts flick. But Sword of Destiny
    is instead just an action movie with a weak romantic sub-plot tacked
    on.

  • blackmamba99971August 2, 2016Reply

    Could have been better

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  • jbotkin-35337September 22, 2016Reply

    Better than Expected

    I went into ”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” (SoD)
    with a mix of expectations. I remember loving ”Crouching Tiger, Hidden
    Dragon” (CTHD) went I saw it. How would this sequel match up? Actually,
    really well.

    To begin, let’s remove some false assumptions. Many are upset about the
    film being in English, unlike the original which was in Mandarin. But
    there are reasons for this that extend far beyond ”Americanizing.” In
    CTHD, some of the stars were not native Mandarin speakers and their
    accents were heavy. This led to ridicule in China. I believe that the
    English language filming is an attempt to correct that. Better to have
    a good foreign language dub than actors who struggle on film, in my
    opinion.

    Furthermore, some have said that the fighting wasn’t as good. One
    review I read said that the heroes had become super-heroes. I disagree.
    There is actually much less wuxia flying and more straight-forward
    combat. Is it stylized? Certainly. That’s part of the genre. But it
    seems more grounded to me, than super-heroic. CTHD had some excellent
    fight scenes! But the star wasn’t a trained martial artist and his
    moves looked clunky at times. Not so here. Donnie Yen is in top form
    and delivers a solid performance. It is especially satisfying to see
    him alongside Michelle Yeoh (the only carry over actor from CTHD). They
    fight and act well together.

    But, SoD is more than fighting. The narrative is key here. In fact, the
    story for SoD is, in some ways, superior than CTHD. The story and
    character arcs build on what went before, so we find out more about the
    previous characters. Furthermore, some of the new characters have
    deeper connections and more layered stories.

    The biggest difference between SoD and CTHD is the cinematography. At
    the risk of the oversimplification, CTHD seemed more artsy. That
    doesn’t means SoD looks bad. It’s just a different, more modern style.
    There are some breathtaking landscape shots that give the story scope!
    The film could also have been a little longer. There are some minor
    characters that I wish we would have been able to see more of before
    the end.

    The direction, acting, fighting, and soundtrack all work well together,
    giving us a great film. For me, ”Sword of Destiny” is an excellent
    follow up to the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

  • tttitoJanuary 6, 2017Reply

    Good Wuxia

    Not a masterpiece like the first, but a solid movie. It lacks the magic
    elegance of Ang Lee’s film, but, although the original language is
    English, it feels somehow more authentically Chinese.

    In a world were evil is real and eternal, an unavoidable aspect of
    human destiny, the baddies are more than caricatures, tragic figures
    themselves. I may add that I have a feeble for Asian ”femmes fatales”,
    so that the duo Blind Enchantress (Eugenia Yuan) and Mantis (Veronica
    Ngo) proved irresistible.

    Add to that a couple of technically memorable fight scenes, some good
    jokes and the movie, despite its recurrent clumsiness, raises
    unmistakably above mediocrity.

  • Guy JeffriesJanuary 15, 2017Reply

    Basic kung fu flick, best seen as not a sequel.

    So, Netflix take on the sequel to Ang Lee’s original 2000 spectacle
    which gladly reached a much wider, international audience for a martial
    art movie. It continues of the sword and fantasy during the Qing
    dynasty being central to Michelle Yeoh’s Yu Shu Lien and this time,
    Donnie Yen playing the complicated romantic interest. He’s not
    replacing Yun-Fat Chow’s Li Mu Bai, of course not, but is simply
    another character thrown into the fray.

    The actually phrase ”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” was first coined
    by the Chinese poet, Yu Xin, and is sometimes use to refer to the real
    life military strategist and philosopher, Zhuge Liang or sometimes
    known as Kongming, the same guy who invented the fashionable lanterns
    that people release into the sky. Being symbolic of a true master in
    hiding, possibly waiting. Almost like Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. But
    I’m not entirely sure who it’s referring to in the film.

    The legendary Woo Ping Yuen, director of many Kung fu classics such as
    The Drunken Master and fight choreographer for The Matrix returns to
    direct this sequel. I say return as he was, of course, the fight
    choreographer for Ang Lee’s previous film,

    The fighting is exceptionally creative, fantastic and plentiful but
    that shouldn’t be too surprising with Woo Ping at the helm. The wire
    work is unfortunately too obvious, some of the fighting being comical
    but pays homage to the classic Kung Fu’s of old and on the whole,
    beautifully executed and captured.

    Michelle Yeoh returns and as always, does impressively well considering
    she is not trained in the martial arts. Hong Kong superstar Donnie Yen
    does what he does best and is in no means a disappointment to watch him
    in action playing Silent Wolf. (Makes you think of Chuck Norris yes?)
    But it was great to see Jason Scott Lee, though much older than
    Disney’s Mowgli and the Bruce Lee he played in Dragon.

    Shigeru Umebayashi does a grand score, respecting traditional music of
    the orient and creating a strong sense of mysticism and fantasy.

    Something to be noted about this film is the spoken language. Being
    filmed in English because surprisingly, Ang Lee’s film insulted much of
    the mandarin speaking world, convincing the studios to choose an
    English dialogue so not to repeat the same mistake. Only three of the
    four key characters in Ang Lee’s film actually spoke fluent mandarin.

    Whilst it’s a good film, it has loss the majestic gracefulness the
    first film had, a certain elegance and finesse, but as a stand alone
    martial art picture, it’s good enough and very enjoyable.

    Running Time: 7 The Cast: 8 Performance: 7 Direction: 7 Story: 6
    Script: 6 Creativity: 8 Soundtrack: 7 Job Description: 5 The Extra
    Bonus Points: 0

    61% 6/10

  • freydis-e ([email protected])January 19, 2017Reply

    Expectedly disappointing sequel

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  • kosmaspFebruary 8, 2017Reply

    Old School

    A kind of a throwback with characters that may remind you of Shaw
    Brothers movies. So it tries to combine the old with some new stuff.
    Especially the fact that this was filmed in English may alienate some
    people. But overall I do believe it works. It does have a returning
    Michelle Yeoh (ageless) who is great in this too. In addition we get
    Donnie Yen and his craftsmanship.

    The action choreography is good and there is flying again (so if you
    didn’t like the first one or thought it was ridiculous and ”unreal”,
    don’t watch this either). The story is simple and while Yeoh’s
    character admits that at one point, she almost redacts her point
    entirely at the end. Some may say she changed her mind. Whatever it is,
    the movie is more than decent enough, while never reaching the heights
    of the original (no pun intended).

  • Paul Magne HaakonsenApril 28, 2017Reply

    An adequate movie, just don’t think of it as a sequel…

    Now, ”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” had some mighty
    big shoes to fill out as a direct sequel to the fantastic ”Crouching
    Tiger, Hidden Dragon” from 2000. And I will say that while it didn’t
    really manage to step up to the plate and deliver on something just as
    grand as the 2000 movie, then it was still an enjoyable movie in its
    own rights.

    And it is perhaps a better way to look at ”Crouching Tiger, Hidden
    Dragon: Sword of Destiny” as a stand-alone movie and try not to tie it
    to its predecessor.

    There was a lot of good action sequences throughout the movie, with
    good choreography and in-your-face kind of action. And that really
    worked out well in favor of the movie. It should also be said that the
    martial arts sequences in the movie were great, and they were as nicely
    executed on the screen as they were choreographed.

    The storyline in ”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny”,
    however,” turned out to be adequate. It wasn’t as outstanding,
    memorable or original as it was in the first movie. Sure, it was
    entertaining enough, but it just seemed like the creative balloon was
    starting to deflate.

    However, the characters in the movie were one-dimensional, lacking both
    depth and personalities. It was hard to differentiate between the
    individual characters and tell where one character ended and the other
    began. They could essentially have been replaced with animated
    cardboard cut-outs.

    The ending of the movie was so predictable that you just saw it coming
    a mile away. Actually, it was so predictable that it only served as a
    blow to the credibility of the movie.

    One thing that the movie had working for it was the cast, as they had
    managed to get a good ensemble of acting talents to participate in this
    project. Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh were of course the big names to
    pull in the audience, and they fared well enough with their roles in
    the movie. It was a shame that Eugenia Yuan didn’t have a bigger part
    or more on-screen time, because I would have loved to see more of her
    talent, plus her role was a very interesting one – a character not
    fully utilized in the movie. I was surprised to see Jason Scott Lee in
    a movie such as this, as I didn’t think he was still an active actor,
    and much less expected him to show up in a movie such as this.

    If you forget that ”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny”
    is directly tied as a sequel to the 2000 movie, then it actually serves
    as a decent enough movie in its own rights. But once you start holding
    it up in comparison to the predecessor, then ”Crouching Tiger, Hidden
    Dragon: Sword of Destiny” pales instantly in comparison.

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