Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny ( Chinese :臥虎藏龍:青冥寶劍 ) is a 2016 American-Chinese martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping and written by John Fusco , based on the novel Iron Knight, Silver Vase by Du Lu Wang . It is also a sequel to the 2000 movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon . The movie stars Donnie Yen , Michelle Yeoh , Harry Shum, Jr. , Jason Scott Lee , Roger Yuan, Woon Young Park, Eugenia Yuan , JuJu Chan , Chris Pang , Veronica Ngo , Shuya Chang and Natasha Liu Bordizzo . The film was released in Hong Kong on February 18, in China on February 19 and worldwide on Netflix outside China on February 26, 2016.

Plot

After eighteen years of solitude, renowned warrior-maiden Shu Link emerges from retirement and travels to Peking , where the Green Destiny-the legendary sword of her deceased love Li Mu Bai-is located. In the forest, Shu Lien’s carriage is attacked by several warriors from the West Lotus clan. As she fights them, a masked horseman comes to her aid, and together they defeat the attackers, revealing one’s identity to be a young man called Wei Fang.

At the tower of the West Lotus warlord Hades Dai, a young woman named Snow Vase arrives asking to join his ranks. As Dai approaches, she draws a sword and attempts to kill him, though he easily fights her off, and she flees. As Wei Fang makes his way through the forest, he is approached by a blind enchantress, who orders him to take her to Dai. Martial World, he must obtain the sword. Dai is reluctant to storm the home of the emperor’s brother, but the enchantress tells him to send Wei Fang, as the boy and the sword are bound by destiny itself.

Shu Lien arrives in Peking, and is taken to the house of Sir Te, a man like a father to her, who has recently died. Te’s her greetings her and reveals that the Green Destiny is kept on display at the house, also recalling the unmentioned love between Li Mu Bai and Shu Lien. That night as Wei Fang breaks into the house and attempts to steal the sword, Snow Vase appears and fights him. During the fight, Snow Vase sees a birthmark on Wei Fang’s chest, which distracts her and allows him to escape. She calls for help and Shu Link arrives and captures the boy. Snow Vase approaches Shu Link and asks her to train her in the Iron Way.

At a tavern, Meng Sizhao (known as Silent Wolf in the West), the horseman who came to Shu. One warrior offers his twenty swordsmen for a high price, and attacks when rebuffed. Four warriors join Silent Wolf in the fight, and he recruits them to his cause: Flying Blade of Shantung ; Thunder Fist Chan, famed in Zhejiang ; Silver Dart Shi, famed in Fuzhou ; And Turtle Ma, famed in that tavern.

Shu Lien begins Snow Vase’s training. That night, Silent Wolf and his warriors arrive at the Te compound. Shu Link is shocked to see Silent Wolf, her form betrothed, as he was thought to have been killed by Hades Dai many years before. He was born in the late 19th century, and he was born in Li Mu Bai. Shu Lien for her hand.

Hades Dai rages that Wei Fang has failed in his raid, and sends his elite warrior, Mantis, to retrieve the sword. She is in the attack. Wei Fang is a family owned and operated family run business. The blind enchantress fights Shu Link in the sword chamber, killing Sir Te’s sound when Shu Link refuses to relinquish the sword.

As the inhabitants of the House of Te mourn the loss of their dearest companions, Snow Vase explains her connection to Wei Fang’s past. His birth mother was the legendary swordswoman Han Mei. However, as a baby, he was swapped for the infant Snow Vase by her mother, a concubine. Han Mei raised Snow Vase as her own daughter, but never stopped looking for her son. Eventually finding him at West Lotus, she was deadly wounded by Hades Dai and, as she died, implored Snow Vase to find Wei Fang.

Wei Fang, Snow Vase, and is horrified to later hear that he has stolen the sword. Silent Wolf tracks the boy down and they fight on a frozen lake. Wei Fang’s master, Iron Crow, Silent Wolf, Wei Fang to escape and reach West Lotus. Wei Fang offers the sword to Hades Dai, but then attempts to kill him with it to avenge his mother. Shu Lien and the others arrive and fight Dai’s army. Shu Link fights the enchantress and kills her, using her skills to see through the witch’s illusions. Mantis kills Flying Blade and Thunder Fist, then fights Snow Vase, who defeats her but is badly wounded. Silent Wolf fights Hades Dai on the tower, eventually killing the warlord with his own sword as he reaches for the Green Destiny.

Snow Vase survives her injuries, and joins Shu Lien, Silent Wolf and Wei Fang as they take the Green Destiny to the Wudang Mountains where it will be kept safe again.

Cast

  • Donnie Yen as Silent Wolf / Meng Sizhao
  • Michelle Yeoh as Yu Shu Link
  • Harry Shum, Jr. as Wei-Fang
  • Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Snow Vase
  • Jason Scott Lee as Hades Dai
  • Eugenia Yuan as Blind Enchantress
  • Roger Yuan as Iron Crow
  • JuJu Chan as Silver Dart Shi
  • Chris Pang as Flying Blade
  • Woon Young Park as Thunder Fist Chan
  • Darryl Quon as Turtle Ma
  • Veronica Ngo as Mantis
  • Gary Young as Te Junior

Production

In January 2013, it was reported that a sequel to the 2000 Crouching Tiger film , Hidden Dragon would begin shooting in May, with Harvey Weinstein producing. Fight choreography would be by Yuen Woo Ping , The script by John Fusco would be based on the fifth and final book of the Crane-Iron Series , Iron Knight, Silver Vase . [2] On March 18, 2013, actor Donnie Yen confirmed rumors that he had been offered a role in the new movie. [3]Around the time Sami, There Were aussi conflicting deferrals is whether Michelle Yeoh HAD beens Asked to reprise her role of Yu Shu Lien. [2] [4]

On May 16, 2013, it was officially announced that the sequel had been approved by the studio. Initially titled Iron Knight, Silver Vase , the movie was then re-titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend . Donnie Yen was confirmed to star as Silent Wolf while Michelle Yeoh was confirmed to be her role as Yu Shu Link. [5] [6]

On August 20, 2013 It was Reported That Zhang Ziyi Was in talks to reprise her role as Jen Yu, goal Zhang’s agent Ji Lingling Told the Media That That Was not true and Stated, “Zhang Would resumed her role only if the director Was Ang Lee “. [7]

On June 16, 2014, it was announced that the film would be co-produced by Pegasus Media, China Film Group Corporation , and The Weinstein Company , with a release date in 2016. [8] On July 30, 2014, actor Harry Shum , Jr. was cast in the role of Wei-Fang. [9]

While it was initially announced that production on the film would begin in June 2014 with location shooting in New Zealand and China, shooting was later bumped to August 2014. [10] [11] In September 2014, Varietyreported that main photography was underway in New Zealand. [12]

(SAPPRFT) Department of Film Management, “The Oppose Theater,” “The Oppose the Faces,” ” Qing, Restore the Ming Yu Xiulian’s line “A superior army breaks its enemy without fighting,” to “The army which breaks its enemy without fighting is the superior one.” [13]

The movie was shot in English and dubbed to Mandarin, unlike its predecessor which was the other way around. [14]

Release

On September 29, 2014, it was announced that Netflix and The Weinstein Company’s Harvey Weinstein had made a deal to release the feature film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend on Netflix. [15]The sequel would be released via RADiUS-TWC simultaneously on Netflix and in IMAX theaters on August 28, 2015. [16] The day after Netflix’s announcement, American cinema chain Regal Entertainment Groupannounced that they would not show the film in Their theaters. Regal’s Russ Nunley is the author of a book on the subject of ” As opposed to a regular theater experience. [17] The same day, AMC , Carmike Cinemas , Cinemark Theaters , and Cineworld also announced they would not show the film. [18] IMAX’s CEO Richard Gelfond argued on the rejection by some chains, saying, “This is a test, and I can not tell you for sure that it’s going to work, but A good idea as to what changes, viewers change, and we have to figure out what does or does not work “. [19] On July 7, 2015, the film was removed from the August 28, 2015 slot and was moved back to a fourth-quarter day and release date.

Reception

The film grossed US $ 20.8 million on its opening weekend in China. [25]

Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes , the film has a rating of 19%, based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 5.1 / 10. [26] On Metacritic , the film has a score of 47 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. [27]

Novel

In March 2015, Weinstein Books announced that a film tie-in novel had been written by Justin Hill . [28] The novel was released on January 26, 2016. [29]

References

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