When Netflix released the sequel to the famous Ang Lee movie, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, many film critics sharpened their knives and took their best shot at criticising this marquee Netflix Original. The sequel, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny’ has many critics including well-renowned publications The New York Times, The Verge and Tech Times just to list a few. Of course, they are entitled to their views.
However, instead of expecting an Oscar winning film, many of them fail to recognise the bravery of Netflix to even contemplate attempting the sequel to a movie which had won multiple Oscars (Best Foreign Language Film, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score) at the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001. This audacity is set in Netflix’s quest to provide original content for its users and the effort alone deserves much credit. It also says much about the platform’s ambition in differentiating itself from the other OTT players such as Toggle and Viu, just to name a few.
The sequel sees the return of leading actress Michelle Yeoh to reprise the role of Yu Shu Lien. She is joined by A-lister Donnie Yen as Silent Wolf. The supporting cast of the film includes Costa Rican-American actor, Harry Shum, Jr. as Wei-Fang and Australian actress Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Snow Vase.
Though not award winning, the movie is an enjoyable ride, as long as you manage your own expectations. Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen alone are worth investing your time in the sequel, while Harry Shum, Jr. and Natasha Liu Bordizzo make a pretty cute pairing.