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While a good chunk of the plot revolves around the two romances, this is a mega-pass. Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and Jen Yu (Ziyi Zhang) are central characters, and spend a lot of time talking about the Green Destiny sword (no wonder, since Jen steals it and Shu Lien wants to get it back) martial arts, honour, training, weapons, ethics, etc etc. Jade Fox (Pei-pei Cheng) as the antagonist is almost as important, and talks to both the other female characters about most of the same topics.

In fact, the movie barely passes the reverse-Bechdel test. Li Mu Bai (Yun-fat Chow) talks to Sir Te about his intended retirement and bestowal of the sword, and to Governor Lu and Master Bo when the sword is stolen, but otherwise all the action and dialogue centres around the women.
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