The first trailer for Netflix’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny”

The first trailer for Netflix‘s followup to the Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is here, giving us our first real glimpse at how the streaming company plans to take on the Wuxia classic.

Here, Michelle Yeoh has reprised her role as Yu Shu Lien, who must now strive to protect the legendary Green Destiny sword, which once belonged to legendary swordsman Li Mu Bai, from an evil warlord. She’s joined by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Donnie Yen and former Glee star Harry Shum, Jr.

Judging from the plentiful use of old-school wire work and VFX, the film should hopefully appeal to both old and new martial arts movie fans alike. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny hits select IMAX theaters and Netflix on February 26th.

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BBC: Michelle Yeoh coming back for prequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

 

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Titled The Green Destiny, the movie will see Michelle Yeoh reprise her role as female warrior Yu Shu Lien.

Pre-production is believed to have begun. Filming is due to start in Auckland, New Zealand, with two further weeks of shooting in China.

Yuen Woo-ping, who co-ordinated the action scenes in the original, will step behind the camera for the prequel.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon remains the most successful Chinese-language film of all time, making $213.5m (£127m) on its release in 2000.

It won the best foreign-language Oscar the following year, with three more awards in the technical categories.

Ang Lee accepts his Oscar in 2001Ang Lee won the first of three Oscars for the original

Part of the reason for the film’s success was that it operated on many different levels. It was a love story, a martial arts fantasy with a feminist twist and an historical epic set against a backdrop of spectacular locations in China.

Director Ang Lee also employed sophisticated technology that enabled the characters to perform gravity-defying stunts, drawing in fans of the previous year’s box office hit, The Matrix.

But plans for a prequel were delayed by a row over the film rights to Wang Du Lu‘s novels, on which the film was based.

Columbia Pictures claimed it had struck a deal with the late writer’s son in 2005. He denied this, and said he had signed an agreement with The Weinstein Company, another US studio.

With the case resolved, The Weinstein Company is pushing ahead with the prequel, choosing New Zealand as a location thanks to a generous production incentive that offers filmmakers a 20% rebate on money spent in the country.

The Green Destiny draws on the fifth book in Wang’s series, Silver Vase, Iron Night.

This introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers, and a new series of antagonists in a battle of good and evil,” screenwriter John Fusco told movie website Deadline last year.

Although Fusco is known for US blockbusters such as Young Guns I and II, he also penned The Forbidden Kingdom for Jet Li and Jackie Chan in 2008.

The film, which drew on the writer’s own martial arts training, broke opening day box office records in China.

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Zhang Ziyi settles libel case accusing US website

 

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” actress Zhang Ziyi has reached an undisclosed settlement with a U.S.-based dissident news website that she had sued for libel.

Boxun News says it has retracted its “negative and untrue” reports that she was a prostitute who had sexual relations with Chinese government officials.

Los Angeles court documents said Zhang had sued China Free Press, Inc. — a North Carolina non-profit corporation — doing business as Boxun News, and its founder for damaging her reputation and business interests.

Zhang complained that Boxun News had published untrue reports that she earned more than $100 million by having sexual relations with Chinese government officials and others.

Boxun News says the false reports should never have been published.

A court document filed Tuesday said the case had been settled.

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Zhang Ziyi in talks to join the cast of Crouching Tiger sequel

Zhang Ziyi in talks to join the cast of Crouching Tiger sequel

Diretor Ang Lee’s multi-Oscar-winning martial arts drama Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is based on the fourth of five installments in the “Crane Iron Pentalogy” written by Chinese author Wang Dulu. The finale novel in Dulu’s saga, titled “Iron Knight, Silver Vase,” will partly serve as the basis for the upcoming movie sequel, which has been titled– Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – The Green Destiny.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Zhang Ziyi may appear in the Crouching Tiger sequel through flashback scenes. The sequel’s cast will include Michelle Yeoh, who is reprising her role as the hardened and quietly-suffering warrior Yu Shu Lien.

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