Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny tells a story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption.
If you were in any way a fan of the original film, I suggest you completely avoid this sequel as it classes amongst a variety of other questionable remakes that is a lot weaker and almost superficial than we’re lead on to believe.
The lack of originality in it’s story that comes from this film is it’s major downfall with its wide tracking cinematography and distorted colours coming in a close second. The scenery felt fake and screamed CGI, making me wonder why they didn’t make use of the natural beauty of China. Instead, we got something that felt like the landscape of Middle Earth. The dialogue was soulless and seemed as if it meant nothing to the characters. It was as if they were just spouting numerous philosophical one liners just to convey some sort of deeper meaning to the film and characters. Because of this weak dialogue and poor story, the film basically had no other choice but to centre around the fight scenes that could hardly compare to the sequences of the original.
For a Chinese film that was original spoken in the native language of the country it originated from, it was almost strange to hear the entire film being spoken in English with Chinese subtitles added in late for their supposed target audience.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny ultimately seemed like a Hollywood-ised sequel of well loved original.