Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny evaluation action

2022-04-03 08:01
The story of "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny" is very conventional. A treasure triggers disputes between the rivers and lakes. The two camps of chivalry and evil form a struggle. Strictly follow the structure of the three-act drama: at the beginning, the heroes gather and show their magical powers, the middle part faces shocks, there are death, injury and love debt, and the climax is the prodigal son's return and the Jedi counterattack, but the typical disadvantage is that there are no surprises.
The most commendable part of the film is the fighting scene. The tavern field battle, late-night treasure stealing, ice-surface fight, and the duel between two women in the dark are all remarkable, but they lack novelty. Chinese martial arts movies have been pushed to the road of spectacle. From then on, there are no more rivers and lakes in Chinese martial arts movies, no more legends, only naked and dry action scenes. It has made Chinese martial arts a very oriental type of film, but it has also caused the audience's aesthetic fatigue and loss of confidence.  
"Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny" borrowed the original character structure, and managed to reconnect with the Chinese people's martial arts feelings after more than ten years, and re-immersed in the original chivalrous world of green bamboo and green. However, the design of a large number of action scenes in the film lacks aesthetics and is too direct. The fatal sword is not what the artistic conception martial arts pursues. This kind of chivalry is not very obvious. Many things were said with the help of Yu Xiulian's narration, which is straightforward and has no charm. There will be an inexplicable gothic dark style, and even inexplicably playing fantasy, lacking some personalized character characteristics, no matter in terms of shape or performance, it is suddenly reminiscent of those dark characters in Hollywood movies, and cannot be compared with Oriental martial arts. The martial arts in China are marked as equals, and they are in the cracks between the East and the West, and they have never been able to close this cultural gap.  
The film attempts to continue to consume the benefits of the previous success of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" directed by Ang Lee. However, the realm of the previous work is gone here. The so-called "pure Chinese style" such as the sets and costumes shows a studio style. Many long-winded and naive dialogues, such as the definition of "Xia", have become cultural popularization lectures. There is a particularly "urgent" preaching taste, there is no blank space in the rhythm and lines, especially in the picture, even though there are lofty mountains and mountains created by 3D and digital special effects, but there is no unique compositional beauty of ink-colored landscapes. It is also the ancient city of Beijing. There is less of a bumpy historical texture.  
The story of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Qingming" continues the relationship between the characters of the previous work. The story is simple and clear, and many of the "old events" in the original work no longer exist. The new story is monotonous, and it only uses fists and kicks to compete. The picture style of the film is also completely different from the previous work. Compared with the dazzling colors before, this time the whole movie has a dark tone, and the costumes of the leading actors are basically black and white. , gray and dark red are the main ones, there is no conspiracy or flirtation, only the righteousness of martial arts and the beauty of martial arts are neatly displayed, not dazzling but simple and vast. There are more than ten large and small martial arts dramas in the whole film, which are connected with a story of entanglement in life experience and the birth of artifacts. There is no interference and the play is hearty.  
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  • Sonny 2022-04-05 09:01:07

    The action scenes are wonderful, the weapons are well designed, and the pictures are beautiful. The film was shot in the post-Li Mubai era, so there is no need to name it Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

  • Damon 2022-04-03 08:01:01

    Although "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Qingming" can be regarded as a well-made martial arts action movie, it is not the inheritance of the beautiful scenery of mountains and rivers. Seeing the fine wine with Chinese cultural heritage, the latter is just a sheep's head and dog meat with a Chinese skin and a Westernized content.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny quotes

  • Yu Shu Lien: Honor, duty, excuses for bloodshed. That is why I left it behind, all those years ago.