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

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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.

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Cast

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 (32) | 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.

Feb 28, 2016 | Full Review…
Variety
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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.

Feb 27, 2016 | Full Review…

While Sword of Destiny looks tremendous and the fight scenes are giddy fun, you can't help but get the sensation that something is missing.

Feb 26, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Nostalgia is nice, but Netflix should just focus on making better content.

Sep 8, 2017 | Full Review…

The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel Sword of Destiny isn't as thoughtful as its predecessor, but its fight sequences will hold your attention.

Aug 2, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The sequel is directed by Yuen Woo-Ping, who choreographed the fight scenes in the original... he's not as prestigious as Lee, and has fewer awards, but the man knows his kung fu.

Jul 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

½

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
Kevin M. Williams

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Big shoes to fill and missing the brilliant Ang Lee behind the scenes. The first was a beautiful film with a very strong story, this one lacks a story and a strong visual force. I expected a strong sequel but felt the Weinsteins didn't invest in the story. Donnie Yen sounded great as the replacement lead character but we don't uncover much from his character. The fight scenes are impressive, as is the last confrontation. I would like another sequel to follow this one, exploring characters and focusing on the strengths of the first film. Being a belated sequel you can't help but feel slightly disappointed.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

Super Reviewer

½

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
Carlos Magalhães

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½

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

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