Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

Synopsis: Still mourning the death of Li Mu Bai, Yu Shu Lien returns to safeguard his sword, the Green Destiny. Hades Dai, an underground warlord, sends his lieutenants to steal the sword , with plans to dominate the martial world. A young mysterious swords-woman and the hero with a past, Silent Wolf , comes to Shu Lien's aid, together with a disparate band of warriors who still believe in the iron way of honor.
Director(s): Woo-Ping Yuen
Production: Netflix
  1 win & 1 nomination.
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96 min

It has been 18 years since

the death of my beloved Li Mu Bai.

I've been living in seclusion since then.

In that time,

the followers of the Iron Way,

our code of honor and chivalry,

have become few and far between.

It is believed that the legendary sword,

the Green Destiny,

can turn the tide of battle,

and that whoever possesses it

cannot be defeated.

For hundreds of years,

warring clans vie for power

over the Martial World.

It is into this world

that I hope to slip unnoticed...

like a forgotten ghost.

Thought lost, the Green Destiny

lies hidden in Peking,

waiting for a new master to claim it.

It is said that a scholar's name will last

for five years beyond his passing...

and a swordsman will be remembered for 20.

This is meant as praise...

but I believe it to be a curse.

Wei Fang.

Well, what have we here?

This girl claims

she wants to join our ranks.

The guards found her at the temple gate.

What brings you here?

I seek Hades Dai of the West Lotus.

A man great enough

to rule the Martial World.

And now you have found him.

What would you ask of me?

Stop her!

Let her go!

Let her grow into someone worth killing.

Wei Fang.

Show yourself!

Who are you?

Ask her.

Wei Fang.

Who are you?

Bring me to Lord Dai and I will give him

a prize greater than the one he sought.

The things are still here

but the people have changed.

The passing of Sir Te thrust me back

into the memories and battlefields

of a Martial World I left

behind twenty years ago.

Hades Dai knew I would

return from seclusion

to mourn the man who

was like a father to me.

Master Yu has arrived, sir.

Shu Lien.

You brighten a sad day.

I've ensured your old quarters

were kept for you.

I knew you would come.

You were not the only one.

I was attacked along the way.

Two dozen swordsmen slain

since my father passed.

Hades Dai knows no fear

to attack a warrior as great as you.

I'm sorry you were put at risk.

It is my duty to be here,

to share your family's loss.

Our loss.

My father always regarded you as family.

It is not kept hidden?

In his last year,

my father wanted it where he could see it.

It reminded him of more noble days.

It bears so many sorrows.

One above all.

Li Mu Bai.

I was his student when you were both here.

His death touched us all.

My father, he thought you would wed.

We could not.

I was promised to another.

It should be locked away.

A great lord has died,

and you seek to use

this time of chaos

to emerge as the one true leader

of the Martial World.

- Do you read my mind?

- No. Your ambition.

This sword is great,

but there is one greater.

The Green Destiny.

The Green Destiny was lost long years ago.

Not lost. Hidden.

Kept by the House of Te.

Am I to storm the home

of the Emperor's brother?

Send instead a single drop of rain.

The boy? Who crawled home from failure?

The fault is not Wei Fang's alone.

His training is not complete.

To send him on this mission alone

would be suicide.

- Perhaps I can--

- He brought me to you.

Send the boy.

He and the sword are bound by fate.

I have seen it.

Who is that young lady?

I believe the daughter of an official.

Many have come to pay their respects.


Thief! Thief in the house!

Who is this man?

I heard a disturbance.

He was trying to steal the sword.

I was trying to steal--?

We caught a thief.

He is more than a thief.

He is West Lotus.

He attacked my carriage.

- Take him to the Marshal.

- No. Keep him here.

Hades Dai would not

assign this mission lightly.

If the boy has value to him,

he may yet have value to us.

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John Fusco

John Fusco is an American screenwriter born in Prospect, Connecticut. His screenplays include Crossroads, Young Guns, Young Guns II, Thunderheart, Hidalgo, and the Oscar-nominated Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. more…

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