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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 (31) | 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.

February 28, 2016 | Full Review…
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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.

February 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.

February 26, 2016 | Rating: B- | 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.

August 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.

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

It's not offensively bad. It's a kid's meal -- safe, but grown-ups will tire of it quickly.

May 25, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | 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

Super Reviewer

What made the first Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon movie so spectacular was its innovation, beauty and intricacy. Ang Lee broke into the ranks as a serious threat of movie making with it thanks to his seamless blend of drama, heart, and action. Which is why it's unfortunate a semi-respected martial-arts director like Woo-ping Yuen failed in nearly every one of those categories in the second go-around nobody really asked for or saw as necessary. Though Michelle Yeoh returns to add authenticity to this being a direct sequel, most all the other actors are plucked from obscurity or asked to mail in a performance, like Donnie Yen or Jason Scott Lee, to put some heft into an otherwise bland cast. What disrupts the integrity of the movie more-so than the clunky storytelling is the fact it was all done in English with Chinese dub. The story is as much of a rehash as last time without the pomp or frill of an excellent drama. With Sword of Destiny, the dialogue is cheesy, the rhythm of the film is staccato, and believing in these characters because less enthralling the further along the movie progresses. But the beauty is still there. Sweeping screenshots of the beautiful landscapes with crisp sound effects and spectacular weapon design at least give you the small resemblance of being back in this world from so long ago. The martial arts seem pretty standard when compared to the first movie (some might even say lesser than the first), but I was still glued to the TV during the ice-lake fight. When it really comes down to it, the appeal to make a sequel outweighed the sense to do it. We are left with a pretty hollow story line that fails to make its point ring true. A prequel with all new actors (or even the same) or an entirely different take on this "Iron Way" would have at least allowed the filmmakers to stand apart from the first instead of cowering under its immense shadow.

Lane Zieben
Lane Zieben

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

Super Reviewer

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