Netflix has been churning out their own content for a little while now with original series and continuations of existing properties. This year marked their first original film with 'Beasts of No Nation' and 2016 will see the release of their second, 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny'. This sequel to 2000's 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' was confirmed back in January 2013 and slowly built their cast and crew before starting to actually film in August of last year. We now have our first glimpse at this upcoming action flick from the good folks at Netflix with some help from The China Film Group and The Weinstein Company.
This film will star Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Scott Lee, JuJu Chan and Harry Shum Jr. among many others who will all be directed by famed director/fight choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping. John Fusco took over script duties and is most notable for his penning of 'Hidalgo' and another Netflix production, 'Marco Polo'.
This trailer showcases some outrageous action sequences which look to follow up the last auctioner in a big, big way. Everything appears to be a continuation in tone and style thankfully as I have little negative to say about 'CTHD' in that regard. Bucking the trend of many trailers lately. What's on display here won't give away the plot and every beat that we will all get to see in February and for that I am thankful. The plot is listed as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny tells an epic story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World." which is purposely vague and a okay with me.
The spectacular action sequences aren't the only thing to behold in these short two minutes as the camera movements and set design/landscapes are equally as impressive. While the little bits of poor CGI (side effects of a Netflix production I'm sure) are certainly visible, they can easily be ignored. We must take the good with the bad and there appears to be plenty of the former in this film. We will know for sure this February when 'CTHDSoD' is released on Netflix and in theaters simultaneously.