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The Green Destiny is a sword of great power. Whoever wields it will be unstoppable. An evil warlord, Hades Dai,(Jason Scott Lee) seeks the sword so that he may be the greatest warrior. A kind woman and a fierce warrior, Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) seeks to protect the sword at all costs. When a thief, Wei Fang (Harry Shum Jr.) is caught stealing the sword, Shu Lien knows Dai will come to claim the sword and kill anyone who stands in his way. She sends word to any warrior than can assist her. Silent Wolf, (Donnie Yen), Silver Dart Shi, (JuJu Chen), Flying Blade, (Chris Pang), Turtle Ma (Darryl Quon) and Thunder Fist (Woon Young Park) are five warriors that heed her call.
This is a movie I really enjoyed.. The plot is your usual ‘evil warlord seeks to rule the world.’ It’s the cinematography, the acting, the characters and the fighting that makes this movie memorable. Each of the characters create an impression. It was hard for me to pick just one. The character development isn’t forced. There’s some touching moments as the characters talk and build friendships with each other. I think Snow Vase had the best back story. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you.
The fighting is fierce and leaves you wanting more. We saw warriors fight each other with kicks, punches and steel. Whether the fight involved the heroes taking on a small army or a duel between two characters, each fight left you wanting more. Each character had their own fighting style. This showed us an interesting aspect into their personality. The final battle will leave you speechless, excited and heartbroken. No spoilers, just a few words of caution.
The movie was about two hours long. The pacing of the movie runs smoothly. The fight scenes are spread out. I had one issue with the plot. The characters speak of how powerful the Green Destiny is. Yet we never see how the sword was made. We never see any magic or supernatural powers being displayed when the sword is used. It would’ve been nice if we could see more of the sword’s back-story.
It’s hard for a sequel that keeps fans happy. I think this sequel will make fans of the first film just as happy. The choice to air it on Netflix was an unique one. It gave a chance for more people to watch it. These days people are hesitant to see sequels in theaters. Since it was on Netflix for free, people felt more compelled to give it a chace. If you’re a fan of martial art films, this entry will keep you entertained. Both The Sword of Destiny and this movie are unique.
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