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

A Netflix Original!

Starring

Donnie Yen – Meng Sizhao/Silent Wolf
MIchelle Yeoh – Yu Shu Lien
Harry Shum Jr. – Tiefang
Jason Scott Lee – Hades Dai
Natash Liu Bordizzo – Snow Vase

Summary

“Another life-altering quest, another struggle between honor and lust for power, another generation of warriors forging alliances and enmities. The adventure, romance, and artistry of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon continues in this novelized companion to the first ever Netflix debut film,Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny based on the novel by Wang Dulu.

Seventeen years after the legendary fighter Mubai dies protecting the world-conquering sword The Green Destiny, four great warriors are called together to guard the formidable weapon once more. The forces surrounding the sword irrevocably altered the life of Shulien, Mubai’s lover, but seventeen years later she is still honor-bound to defend the blade from the power-hungry warlord Hades Dai. The young fighters Wei-fang and Snow Vase, switched at birth, also have heritages and inheritances that inextricably link them to both each other and the fate of the sword. And Silent Wolf, Shulien’s former fiancé, returns from presumed death to thwart Hades Dai—and rekindle an emotionally isolated Shulien’s feelings.

Jam-packed with all the hallmarks of an epic adventure—sacrifice, battles, betrayal, vengeance, redemption, and destiny—this saga also explores the deeper meaning of true heroism and virtue. As Wei-fang and Snow Vase search for identity and forge their places in the world of warriors and heroes, Shu-lien and Silent Wolf struggle to reconcile both the traditions and heartbreak of the past with a fragile hope for the future.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

This movie was absolutely fantastic! I remember seeing the first movie a long time ago and not understanding a single thing which was going on, but I know now it was because it was a foreign film and I was too young to understand everything happening. But I am definitely going to revisit the last movie because this was absolutely fantastic. And there are quite a few aspects which I totally loved.

The cinematography was beautiful! It was set in Ancient China so the sets were the traditional homes with the paper doors and wood carvings, and beautiful swords. There was a lot of night scenes and the lighting from the fires placed in the scenes was fantastic and really added another aspect to what was going on.

The fighting was absolutely spectacular as well. There wasn’t much blood and the little bit that there was was perfectly placed for the scene. But the fighting scenes were incredible. The sword fighting was terribly intricate, the hand-to-hand combat was jaw-dropping, and the general ass-kicking was on point. Those are fighting goals if I ever saw any.

Since it is on Netflix you could watch it in Chinese with American subtitles but the actual movie was filmed in English so you don’t have to worry about reading subtitles unless you want to. I tried with the Chinese but it was more annoying seeing that their mouths didn’t match up so in the end I just stuck to English.

Overall, I thought that this movie was absolutely fantastic and beautiful and I will be watching it again with my family soon because I’ve been raving about it.

Definitely check this one out and let me know what you think because…wow. Just wow.