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




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Movie Info

Based on the fifth and final book from the Crane-Iron Series, this sequel to 2000's martial arts phenomenon Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon follows a new adventure on the hunt for a legendary sword. Michelle Yeoh reprises her role as Yu Shu Lien from the first film, with Donnie Yen and Harry Shum Jr. co-starring.more
Rating: PG-13 (for martial arts violence and brief partial nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John Fusco
In Theaters:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


Michelle Yeoh
as Yu Shu-Lien
Gary Young
as Te Junior
Donnie Yen
as Silent Wolf
Jason Scott Lee
as Hades Dai
Roger Yuan
as Iron Crow
Eugenia Yuan
as Blind Enchantress
Woon Young Park
as Thunder Fist
Shuya Chang
as Jen Yu/Yu Jiao Long
Juju Chan
as Silver Dart Shi
Darryl Quon
as Turtle Ma
Christopher Pang
as Flying Blade
Jin Gang
as Young Li Mu Bai
Andrew Stehlin
as Black Tiger
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Critic Reviews for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (3)

This martial-arts mediocrity has airborne warriors aplenty but remains a dispiritingly leaden affair with its mechanical storytelling, purely functional action sequences and clunky English-language performances.

Full Review… | February 28, 2016
Top Critic

With all of the first film's startling beauty and emotional subtlety lost, even Sword of Destiny's established stars look uninspired in their roles.

Full Review… | February 27, 2016
The Atlantic
Top Critic

It's true that not many were pleading for a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel, especially one that arrived about 15 years too late, but they made one anyway, bless them.

Full Review… | April 26, 2016
Hindustan Times

With the original's wondrous, naturalist cinematography so clearly burned into the memory, it's difficult not to make an unfavorable comparison.

Full Review… | April 11, 2016

While it's also adapted from Wang Dulu's five-part Crane-Iron novel series, the new film ... feels like a slapdash piece of fan fiction.

Full Review… | April 2, 2016
South China Morning Post

The story just isn't as captivating as it needs to be.

Full Review… | March 21, 2016

Audience Reviews for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny


Lackluster retread, yes. But I think I would watch a whole film of Michelle Yeoh simply thinking. Or changing her socks. Her scenes with Donnie hint at what this could've been.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


The solid script doesn't try to be a mere copy of Ang Lee's masterpiece (despite a few similar moments here and there), while the visuals are dazzling and the fighting scenes spectacular, although the excess of CGI kills some of the fun and the film ends in a lame last scene.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


This movie did not feel Chinese at all. From the very obviously non-Asian forest scenes, to the fact that the actors were all speaking English, to an American-sitcom-feeling fight scene where precious Ming vases teeter precariously around the the two young leads, to Donnie Yen looking like a friggin' COWBOY in his leather hat and bandanna getup...

My favourite part about the movie was seeing Harry Shum Jr. in an unexpectedly legit-looking Chinese role -- good on you man! And the young female lead was really pretty and took her role seriously (even if I found it hard to take her seriously with her Australian accent) and I look forward to seeing her in other roles.

More complaints: It felt like bits were being taken from generic fantasy tropes (annoyingly, Western generic fantasy tropes) like the creepy priestess in Game of Thrones, and a motley crew of good guy sidekicks who excel more in witty banter than actual fighting. There's also a forgettable main villain and forgettable people who want vengeance against him. Most people in this movie needed to learn how to pronounce Chinese words properly -- much of it was cringeworthy. Bleah. I'm bored with writing this review already.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny Quotes

Yu Shu-Lien: Once he has the sword it will be the end of all of us.
– Submitted by rob g (3 months ago)
Yu Shu-Lien: Honor, duty, just excuses for bloodshed.
– Submitted by rob g (3 months ago)

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