Crouching Tiger 2 to star Donnie Yen & Michelle Yeoh


Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh are set to star in the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which is currently titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II – The Green Destiny. Shooting will start in March 2014 with legendary fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping as director rather than the previously rumored Ronny Yu. If my memory’s working right, this will be the first time that Yen, Yeoh, and Yuen have worked together since 1994’s Wing Chun (a movie I literally haven’t seen in 15 years).

The Green Destiny is an adaptation of Iron Knight, Silver Vase, the fifth book in Wang Du Lu’s Crane-Iron Pentalogy. (The first Crouching Tiger movie was based on the fourth book in the series.) Here’s how Green Destiny screenwriter Ronny Fusco describes the sequel:

This introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers, and a new series of antagonists in a battle of good and evil. It has a Knights Errant quality. There is an alternate universe in the books, a martial forest that exists alongside the real world, full of wandering sword fighters, medicine men, defrocked priests, poets, sorcerers and Shaolin renegades.

I’d imagine this movie won’t have the artful melancholy sweep of the Ang Lee film since Yuen’s movies tend to be more straight-up action. Donnie Yen’s a great screen fighter and he’s been keeping very busy lately with the Iceman Cometh remake and two other projects that are in the works (including Ip Man 3D). Yeoh should still have it in her as an action star if Reign of Assassins was any indication. Wonder if Yen and Yeoh will fight.

What do you think of this sequel?

[via /Film]

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