There has been a lot of talk about a follow-up to Ang Lee’s 1999 film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” over the years following it’s release. Whether there was gonna be a direct sequel, or a prequel, or what.
Then we heard that Netflix was gonna produce the sequel, planning to release it in it’s streaming service AND in theaters simultaneously. I believe some theater owners actually balked at that plan and announced a boycott for the film a while back. But nevermind all that. The trailer for the film is now out. Here it is:
And I gotta say it looks…very good. As expected. After all, director Yuen Woo-Ping – the fight choreographer of the first film – is not exactly a first-timer at this sort of thing. For further education, check out “Fist of Legend” and “Tai Chi Master” and “Iron Monkey” and “Drunken Master” and…. oh hell – check out his filmography and just see them ALL. You can thank me later.
So – the only thing that stands out a little bit is that the characters seem to speak English this time around. Could be just a dubbing, but we’ll see. It’s a minor thing anyway. I just love Michelle Yeoh back kicking ass and taking names.
Here’s an official synopsis & details:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny tells an epic story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World.
Directed by the renowned martial arts choreographer (The Matrix Trilogy and Kill Bill 1& 2) and director (Tai Chi Master) Yuen Wo-Ping, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Lady) as Yu Shu-Lien and Donnie Yen (Ip Man 1&2, Monkey King 3D) as Silent Wolf.
Based on the acclaimed novel, Iron Knight, Silver Vase, by Wang Dulu (book 5 in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy) and written by John Fusco (Marco Polo) the new film is produced by Harvey Weinstein (Academy Award winner – The King’s Speech, The Artist) and Peter Berg (Emmy Award winner – Friday Night Lights; Lone Survivor, Hancock) and Sarah Aubrey (Friday Night Lights; Lone Survivor, Hancock) and executive produced by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters, The Imitation Game), Ralph Winter (X-Men franchise), Anthony Wong and Bey Logan (The Medallion).
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny also stars Harry Shum Jr (Glee, Revenge of the Green Dragons), Jason Scott Lee (Seventh Son, Hawaii Five-O), Roger Yuan (Bulletproof Monk), Eugenia Yuan (Revenge of the Green Dragons) and newcomer Natasha Liu Bordizzo.
The film’s scheduled release date is February 26, 2016