A classic Chinese film gets a revival, but this time it’s being released on the small, small screen
Look how far we've come! It was a whopping 16 years ago that the legendary film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon pretty much redefined Chinese cinema and its niche for traditional martial arts. Now, it's getting a much-deserved sequel, except for one thing: it isn't going to be released on the big screen, in favour of an Internet release... on Netflix.
Slated for release this Friday, 26 February, the film follows what seems to be a scuffle over a legendary sword. A sequel to the original Academy Award-winning 2000 film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny is based on the novel Iron Knight, Silver Vase by Wang Dulu. The new film will star original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star (and Malaysia's pride and joy) Michelle Yeoh, who reprises her role as the feisty warrior Yu Shu Lien.
To make things a lot more exciting, Donnie Yen joins the cast as Silent Wolf, while a new female lead Natasha Liu Bordizzo plays Snow Vase, who - as revealed in the second and latest trailer - seems to be Shu Lien's (possibly evil?) protégé. Other names in the cast include Harry Shum Jr, Jason Scott Lee and Ngo Thanh Van.
So are we ready for a renewed era of physics-defying, action-packed warfare? Watch the trailer below and be really, really excited:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny will be released on Netflix worldwide on 26 February.