Sword of Destiny FIlm long intervening eighteen years from the first film events. At least this information is obtained from the Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh), a warrior woman who already know of the film directed by Ang Lee, who finished the movie prequel.
Sword of Destiny opens with a sequence that is accompanied by a voice over Shu Lien, serves as a flashback and also tell us what the world wu xia, after the death of Li Mu Bai (played by Chow Yun-Fat in a movie in 2000).
Shu Lien told me that he was still living alone and solitude. In the middle of the boisterous world of martial, Shu Lien hopes that its existence is not heeded and he can enjoy life. But the great man and the Green Destiny Sword is mandated Li Mu Bai told him, too famous to not attract the attention of other warriors.
Shu Lien himself considered the great man, Li Mu Bai and the Green Destiny like a double-edged sword. On the one hand can be seen as a compliment, but Shu Lien himself think of it as a curse.
Unfortunately, similar things happen in this movie.
Sword of Destiny as receiving the “curse”, because it bears the name and great reputation Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, as a brand that is inherited Ang Lee.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Lee’s is a seminal work that has reached classic status. This film broke through boundaries and achieve recognition, both in terms of aesthetics, commercial, and criticism.
When released in 2000, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, is able to raise the degree of wuxia films and martial art before it tends to be regarded as the work of a class B (B-class movies). The film also broke the grip of martial art films that plural is used up to that point, where Lee opened almost 15 minutes of the first scene with the introduction of the characters and the story, rather than the scene tub-thump-bik fistfight.
Results achieved Lee through Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was already recorded in history. The movie earned 10 Oscar nominations in 2001, including Best Picture and Best Director, and managed to bring home four trophies. The film also manages to be a non-English language films grossing in the North American market, until now. The strength of this film is also able to inspire many filmmakers to make a movie of martial art with a similar approach.
Since then, a variety of films set in the world born wuxia films produced with artistic approaches and then gain status as a classic. Among them are Hero direction of Zhang Yimou; The landing Grandmaster Wong Kar Wai; or for The Assassins by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became the pioneer of a kung fu movie that explores the theme of humanity and love; presenting it in the wisdom and culture of Eastern exoticism; and issued a magical power behind the philosophical battle between warriors, all over the world.
Ironically, Sword of Destiny is precisely the antithesis prekuelnya. This film looks like a B-class direct-to-home entertainment movie which utilize brand Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as commercial allure.
Sword of Destiny is just what has been done to exploit Lee, as well as movie production looks set of filmmakers who are lazy innovate.