People have been waiting more than 15 years for a sequel to the modern kung fu classic Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and it's finally almost here, although not in the way anyone would have imagined it back when the original dropped.
This trailer for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny gives us a look at Michelle Yeoh coming back to reprise her role as the old school warrior Yu Shu Lien. We get a little taste of the high-flying, sand-skidding, bicycle-kick-to-the-dome martial arts and fantastical storytelling that made the first film a classic.
We also get a good look at the Green Destiny, the legendary sword that is also central to the plot of the original movie. Details about the plot of the sequel have been scarce, with Netflix's entire synopsis of the movie being, "A story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption."
Slashfilm warns that aside from Yeoh, the sword, and the semi-magical world the movie takes place in, there won't be much of a connection to the original film's story. Yeoh, now 53, is the only actor returning from the original cast.
Also different, and kind of weird: the new movie is in English, where the first one was released in U.S. theaters in Mandarin with English subtitles.
It is a little surprising that it took this long for a sequel, and that it won't be released in theaters, considering that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, directed by Ang Lee, was among the most successful foreign-language films of all time. The movie cleaned up at the 2001 Oscars, earning 10 nominations and four wins.
The sequel is set to begin streaming on Netflix on Feb. 26.