Netflix has slowly been upping its game in the home entertainment circuit ever since House of Cards became nearly as popular as HBO’s Game of Thrones. Now they are stepping up once again, this time with a sequel to 2000’s four-time Oscar winning epic Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, expected to be available on Netflix this February. The new film is subtitled The Green Legend and, like the original, is based on an original novel by author Du Lu Wang. Returning from the original film is actress Michelle Yeoh (Tomorrow Never Dies, Memoirs of a Geisha), who leads a whole new cast that features Donnie Yen (Blade 2, Hero), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee, White Frog), Jason Scott Lee (The Jungle Book, Balls of Fury), Eugenia Yuan (The Drummer, Shanghai Hotel), and Juju Chan (Unconditional Love, Fist of the Dragon) in a screenplay by John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo). The first trailer, which is featured above, was just released this week. I’m not really sure what they had in mind with the techno version of CCR’s Bad Moon Rising playing in the back drop, but the visual effects and fight-scene choreography look pretty awesome. We’ll keep you posted on upcoming details.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was released in 2000 and against all expectations became the highest grossing foreign-language film in American history, earning more than $200 million in worldwide box office sales. Filmed entirely in Mandarin, the movie was based on the fourth novel in a book series by author Wang Dulu called the Crane Iron Pentology. The film adaptation by director Ang Lee received critical acclaim in Hollywood, earning a total of four Academy Awards, including Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film, and getting Lee an Oscar nomination for Best Director. Now a sequel is currently in the works that will feature original actress Michelle Yeoh and new faces Donnie Yen and Harry Shum, Jr. While this does sound sort of enticing, the plot, I’m afraid, sounds exactly like the original story with a new generation of actors in the main title roles. This could turn out to be a total flop, but maybe if the project receives the same artistic and skillful approach that Lee brought to the original, it might be worth seeing. That being said, you should definitely go out and rent the original; you’ll have to read a lot of subtitles but it is definitely worth watching!