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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)

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

Director:

Woo-Ping Yuen (as Wo-Ping Yuen)

Writers:

John Fusco (screenplay), Du Lu Wang (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donnie Yen ... Silent Wolf
Michelle Yeoh ... Yu
Harry Shum Jr. ... Wei Fang
Natasha Liu Bordizzo ... Snow Vase
Jason Scott Lee ... Hades Dai
Eugenia Yuan ... Blind Enchantress
Roger Yuan ... Iron Crow
JuJu Chan ... Silver Dart Shi
Chris Pang ... Flying Blade
Woon Young Park ... Thunder Fist
Darryl Quon ... Turtle Ma
Veronica Ngo ... Mantis
Gary Young ... Te Junior
Andrew Stehlin ... Black Tiger
Trevor Sai Louie ... Guard Captain
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Storyline

Still mourning the death of Li Mu Bai, Yu Shu Lien returns to safeguard his sword, the Green Destiny. Hades Dai, an underground warlord, sends his lieutenants to steal the sword , with plans to dominate the martial world. A young mysterious swords-woman and the hero with a past, Silent Wolf , comes to Shu Lien's aid, together with a disparate band of warriors who still believe in the iron way of honor. Written by K H Boey

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The past returns with a vengeance.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

China | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Ziyi Zhang did not reprise her role as Jen for this film. See more »

Quotes

Yu Shu Lien: Honor, duty, excuses for bloodshed. That is why I left it behind, all those years ago.
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Connections

Follows Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

If Only One Second Remains
Music by Shigeru Umebayashi
Lyrics by Anna Rice and Shigeru Umebayashi
Performed by CoCo Lee and Jam Hsiao
Featured piano soloist Lang Lang
Orchestrated by Anna Rice
Produced by Ichiro Suezawa
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company
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A very flawed attempt to Americanize a Chinese art-house classic
16 March 2016 | by R-ClercxSee all my reviews

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.


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