Believe it or not it has been almost 16 years since the release of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, a film which unexpectedly went on to become possibly the most well known martial arts film of all time. Now, more a decade later, fans of this classic will be ecstatic to know that a sequel is available at limited UK cinemas and exclusively on Netflix.
The film revisits some familiar faces from the original movie released in 2000. The sequels focuses on a group of legendary Chinese knights and soldiers who must risk everything to protect a 400 year-old sword called The Green Destiny. Acclaimed Chinese actress Michelle Yeoh her role as Yu Shu Lien from the previous movie, as does Zhang Ziyi who returns as Jen Yu. Joining the actresses is one of China’s most famous martial arts actors, Donnie Yen. Western audiences may know him as the star of “Ip Man” and its sequel “Ip Man 2”, in which he played the trainer to Bruce Lee. Yen’s other notable roles include appearing as the title character in “Iron Monkey” and “Once Upon a Time in China II”.
American actor Harry Shum Jr who starred in Fox series “Glee” also joins the sequel as Wei Fang who shares a love story with Natasha Liu Bordizzo’s character Snow Base, almost parallel to the love story shared by Lo and Jen in the previous film.
The film features some stunning fight choreography by acclaimed martial arts choreographer Yeun Woo-Ping. Woo-Ping has also choreographed fights for Jackie Chan’s “Drunken Master”, Jet Li’s “Fist of Legend”, “The Matrix” movies, the “Kill Bill” movies and also the original “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” movie. Fans of the original movie will be delighted he is back as fight choreographer, so expect some visually stunning sequences, similar to the last movie. Unlike the last movie, the sequel is mostly in English.
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” is everything you want and more from a “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel. Awesome fights, amazing cast, and gripping storyline. Don’t miss it, it’s available to stream on Netflix right now!