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Plot: A story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption.
Runtime: 96 mins Release Date: 26 Feb 2016
A worthy sequel that may surprise even the worst of critics, the true meaning of "Wu Xia" exemplified (by tiger-lion_eternalenemie)
I caught the movie in Hong Kong on 21st of February, the 96 minutes version dubbed in Cantonese. Truth to be told, my expectations were very low, because the original was just a classic. The first bad trailer with weird auto-tuned music and English dialogue did not help. But the results surprised me. If you have the chance, watch it in English! Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Company finally got the rights to CTHD, and proceeded to work on a script based on Wang Du Lu's 5th book of the series. Iron Knight, Silver Vase, which are actually the names of 2 of the main characters in the <more>
movie just like Crouching "Tiger" and Hidden "Dragon" 2000 the title itself . The director here is Yuen Woo Ping, best known for his choreography work in Ip Man 3, Matrix and of course the first CTHD. He is also a good director on his own, with critical successful films such as Wing Chun and Iron Monkey. According to interviews, Ang Lee did not want to come back for the sequel because he never does a "repeat" work, but he met up with Yuen Woo Ping and gave him his blessings because he knew that if there was anyone who could helm the sequel, it would be the person he worked the closest with in the first movie, Yuen Woo Ping himself.The story in this movie is more simple and straightforward sometimes predictable , and perhaps not as good as the first movie hence this is where a point is deducted.However cinematography and costume wise, it is on par, if not better than the original. Landscapes of New Zealand and China, and the beauty of nature are better capture than the original, and the elaborated costumes are noteworthy. Action wise, it is a huge step up, perhaps because of the casting of Martial Arts Kingpin Donnie Yen himself, who has a strong martial arts background compared to Chow Yun Fatt who needed plenty of stunt doubles and still did not look fluid in his sword-wield or movements it was reported that Jet Li rejected the first film hence it went to Fatt . The action sequences makes it a combination of not just a Wu-Xia film but a Kung Fu film because there is now less "flying-around" or wire-work but more realistic martial arts display by Donnie Yen. Donnie Yen's performance and presence in the film is spectacular, and it makes people want to see more of him after his appearance.Michelle Yeoh remained in character and is impressive in both the acting and the action department, huge thumbs up for her but unfortunately her performance seems to be slightly overshadowed surprisingly by new-comer Natasha Liu Bordizzo who plays Snow Vase. Harry Shum Junior actually looks good in this movie in fight scenes due to his tremendous Dance Background and pedigree.As for the English Language spoken on the Netflix version not here in Hong Kong , I think it is a good move because The Weinstein Company and Netflix they want to show the movie to the whole world, hoping to reach audiences who will never ever watch a swordsmen or Wu Xia movie in their lives. There are many people in the world who will never watch a movie because they hate reading subtitles. And also because people in China hated the first movie and it flopped and one of the reason is because of Chow Yun Fatt's Cantonese accent and Michelle Yeoh had Malaysian accent in their mandarin dialogue, so please try and understand instead of claiming it should be in Mandarin, the original got mocked because of the bad mandarin accents.Overall a very enjoyable movie, which really needs heart to appreciate, it may be slow at times but it truly allows audiences to be observant and to look at the minor details in such a major motion picture.It would be even better if one already read the original book by Wang Du Lu or the new novel by Justin Hill, as it covers more motivations and intentions clearly.Therefore, do not just view this as a sequel to one of the most successful Wu-Xia films ever made, appreciate this movie and take it as a film of its own, and you will enjoy it thoroughly.
Good Movie with Spirit of the original (by micah-62)
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 <more>
what they set out to do. If you like Kung Fu movies, Donnie Yen or Crouching Tiger, you should like this.
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 <more>
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.
A good film! Do not listen to the morons who give this less than a 6/10 (by michaelant555)
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 <more>
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.
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 <more>
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.
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 <more>
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.