We heard a few months back that there might be a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in the works and that it might see Michelle Yeoh reprise her badass lady warrior role. And lo, it has come to pass.
The movie is called Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II – The Green Destiny, and it’s based on one of the other books in the series Crouching Tiger was based on. The director will be legendary fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, who worked on the first Crouching Tiger in addition to the Kill Bill movies and The Matrix. As for the writer, that’s John Fusco, who wrote martial arts flick The Forbidden Kingdom alongside Viggo Mortensen‘s Hidalgo and animated kid’s movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (that’s… varied).
And as for the most important bit, at least in my mind: Yeoh will reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien and will be joined by Donnie Yen, who’s done a bejeesuston of martial arts movies, among them the excellent Ip Man and Ip Man 2. If you have a martial arts-loving bone in your body you should watch the scene from Ip Man where he takes down ten dudes without breaking a sweat. It’s glorious.
Will The Green Destiny be as good as Crouching Tiger? Possibly not. OK, probably not. Yuen Wo Ping has directed a lot of movies before this one, but he’s no Ang Lee. I don’t even care, though. If there’s an historical martial arts movie wherein Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen kick some butt, I want to see it. It doesn’t have to win Oscars.