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



Critic Consensus: Paling in comparison to its predecessor in every conceivable way, Sword of Destiny is a lazy sequel that never justifies its own cynical existence.

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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.

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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
Darryl Quon
as Turtle Ma
Chris 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 (35) | Top Critics (8)

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…

By the climax, the action has been reduced to interminable sequences of people banging their swords together and occasionally being ejaculated into the air like digital snowflakes.

March 17, 2016 | Full Review…

Sword Of Destiny suffers endlessly by comparison to Ang Lee's groundbreaking 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for the comparative smallness of its vision, its visuals, and its budget.

March 2, 2016 | Full Review…

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…
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.

February 27, 2016 | Full Review…

It has an appealingly inventive, unruly genre party streak running down its figurative back.

February 26, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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 O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

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
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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