Almost 16 years after the release of Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, an epic, Academy Award-winning film that captivated movie viewers worldwide, the legend continues this Friday, February 26th when Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny, a Netflix original film, makes its streaming debut. The sequel features Michelle Yeoh reprising her role as renowned warrior Yu Shu-Lien, and her skills look as formidable as they did in the original film.
Directed by martial arts choreographer and film director Yuen Woo-Ping (The Matrix and Kill Bill), Sword Of Destiny picks up the story with Yu Shu-Lien (Yeoh) coming out of retirement to keep the legendary Green Destiny sword away from villainous warlord Hades Dai. According to the Hollywood Reporter, she “learns of the threat and calls upon her Iron Way brethren to help protect it.” In the process, she teaches an eager, young woman to join the fight.
We are really excited for the sequel, but it has some huge movie making shoes to fill. Released in December 2000 and revered for its stunning cinematography and mind-blowing martial arts choreography, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was an international hit earning $128 million in the US and $213.5 million worldwide (it was made on a $17 million budget). It went on to receive 10 nominations at the 2001 Academy Awards, and won 4. It is the highest-grossing foreign-language film in US Box office history.