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That Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Sequel Is Happening, And Yes, Michelle Yeoh Will Star


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.

(via: Deadline)

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  • http://twitter.com/craig_pay Craig Pay

    “will be joined by Donnie Yen” Huānhū!

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful, ever since I’d seen Michelle Yeoh in a Jackie Chan movie then a James Bond movie, I’d wanted to see her in more action films. She’s beautiful and has a natural presence that relates power and intelligence.

    I had to look up the Chan movie, don’t recall if I liked it but do recall I was extremely impressed with Michelle, its 1992′s Supercop.

  • Anonymous

    Crouching Tiger was a legitimate masterpiece. If this film is even half as good as that one then it’ll be worth it. Signing Donnie Yen goes quite a way in getting them to that point.

  • Ray Radlein

    Yuen Wu Ping directed Michelle Yeoh before, in “Wing Chung,” which is actually my favorite martial arts movie ever (even though “Crouching Tiger” was obviously a “better” film).

  • Anonymous

    Finally!

  • http://www.facebook.com/harrison.grey.5 Harrison Grey

    I wouldn’t write off Yuen Wo Ping’s involvement. Both his and the first Crouching Tiger’s strengths were in their martial arts fight scenes, and the quality of the rest is up to the writer. Not to delegitimize Ang Lee, but I don’t think his lack of presence is automatically a downgrade, expecially when some of the best talent from the first is already confirmed to be around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/harrison.grey.5 Harrison Grey

    She jumps a motorbike onto a moving train. “Impressed” in an understatement.

  • Anonymous

    I think that’s the scene I remember – definitely something about a train. I’ve added the movie to my Netflix queue, so will get to watch it again soon, haven’t seen it since probably a few years after its release (assuming I ever saw it on TV). I do remember seeing it in the theatre so guess that’d be 1992…

  • http://www.facebook.com/harrison.grey.5 Harrison Grey

    I saw it fairly recently for the first time. The big finale is a train sequence that looks like a precursor for Skyfall’s opening. Only better because it features Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, and a helicopter.

  • http://wrongsirwrong.blogspot.com/ Magic Xylophone

    “the quality of the rest is up to the writer.”

    So it’s going to be lousy, is what you’re saying?

  • Suzanne Larsen

    My day is officially made. I’m just gonna go ahead and start the countdown now.

  • Lance Harris

    Yep…AND Donnie Yen was in it, too!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdYt8Tu_uHs

  • Betty Windsor

    I’m hyperventilating. All of the news listed above is good news. Yuen Wo Ping I prefer over Ang Lee. Mostly because his choreography blows my mind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/harrison.grey.5 Harrison Grey

    I’m saying if it is, it won’t be because we have Yuen Wo Ping instead of Ang Lee. And honestly, I can’t get a good read on this writer. As long as he doesn’t have the main plot be about a modern day teenager learning kung fu and instead focuses the story on the action stars we came to see, we should be fine.