Well, Here's Your 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel

December 7, 2015


In a modern age where weirdly belated sequels are now a regular occurrence, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny somehow manages to feel even more bizarre than most. Who would've figured the 2000 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film would get a straight-to-Netflix follow-up sixteen years after the fact? Is this testing the waters for Hulu's Life Is Beautiful 2 or what?

This first trailer for the film doesn't make it seem any less unlikely, either. While the original Crouching Tiger famously made $128 million in the U.S. despite a widespread American aversion to having to read dialogue, Netflix has eschewed the subtitle issue on this one by just doing it in English. Also, the preview is for some reason backed by a haunting, electronic cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," which is not exactly the soundtrack you think of for Qing Dynasty China. Also, now Jason Scott Lee is apparently our central bald-but-with-a-little-ponytail guy instead of Chow Yun-fat.

Basically, everything about this, from it existing at all on down, just feels a little bit off. That said, it otherwise looks like an entirely adequate Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel:

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