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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Deadpool 2 gets a possible leading lady.
  • Transformers 5 is heading to Michigan.
  • Yes, Mary Elizabeth Winstead would like her own Die Hard movie.
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane continues a long-running J.J. Abrams reference.
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 is a gigantic hit in China.
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny faces opposition from theater chains.

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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 Trailer

Fans of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon weren’t thrilled when they got their first look at its sequel, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. Like Ang Lee‘s picture, the sequel is based on a five-part series, written by Wang Dulu. Despite going back to the source material, plenty of fans labeled the sequel a cheap cash grab.

The Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 reviews are in, and most critics are still calling the film a cash grab.

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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 Trailer

For some reason, Netflix doesn’t like to advertise their movies as far in advance as most movie studios. That’s why over the past three months we’ve gotten a new trailer each month. Maybe they’ve figured out that the audience remembers the movie is coming to Netflix if it’s advertised closer to the streaming date than if they spread out the trailers. We don’t know. But we do know that they’re pushing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny really hard lately, including yet another trailer showing off all the high-flying, flipping swordplay and choreography.

Watch the latest, and presumably final, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 trailer below.

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crouching tiger hidden dragon 2 trailer

If you want to see just how much the film distribution landscape has changed in the past 15 years, look to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and its very delayed sequel Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. The first film was a huge box office hit, the rare foreign language film to win over American audiences in huge way. It went on to be a major player at the 2001 Academy Awards, gliding into the ceremony with 10 nominations and walking home with four statuettes. It transformed Ang Lee from a critically respected filmmaker into a major name. It brought martial arts movies back into the spotlight in a significant way.

And now, the sequel is here and it’s literally going to straight to Netflix. Because Netflix has the power of a major movie studio and has removed the shame of a film pulling the modern equivalent of being a direct-to-video release. This makes for an interesting study, but since there’s a new Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny trailer available to watch right now, we have to ask another, more important question: does this look good?

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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 Trailer

It’s been 15 years since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon hit theaters. And while that might seem a little late for a sequel, Hollywood has been obsessed with returning to dormant films for new franchise opportunities. Upon first inspection, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 doesn’t seem like the most obvious cash grab for Netflix, but there’s a good chance this movie will play big overseas.

Now you can see if this will be something worth checking out as the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 trailer has just debuted, showing off plenty of flying and flipping sword-fighting action that everyone loved from the first film. Read More »