‘IP Man’ Star Donnie Yen Joins ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2′

Published 5 months ago by , Updated June 30th, 2014 at 10:19 am,

IP Man Donnie Yen to Star in Crouching Tiger Sequel IP Man Star Donnie Yen Joins Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2
Back at the turn of the millennium, Ang Lee’s stunning martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon earned multiple Oscar wins and hoards of fans, eventually making its way onto our “12 Greatest Martial Arts Movie Fight Scenes” list.

When it was announced that The Weinstein Company was making a sequel, many fans thought that it was simply a franchise-making cash grab. But with talented actors joining the sequel’s cast, and filming starting next month, the new installment could show some promise.

Deadline is reporting that China’s top action star Donnie Yen, who played martial arts legend Yip Man in Wilson Yip’s Ip Man and Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster, has closed a deal to star in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny. The deal also marks Yen’s move from Paradigm over to his new agency, CAA. Yen was just recently seen in China in the 3D epic Monkey King, which set a record at the Chinese box office by making $41 million in ticket sales in a single day. Yen’s casting comes as no surprise considering that he appeared on a panel for the project at the Cannes Film Festival last May.

Woo-ping Yuen (True Legend) is directing the project with a script from John Fusco, whose resume includes scripts for Young Guns, Hidalgo and The Forbidden Kingdom. Michelle Yeoh will reprise her role as the tough yet suffering warrior Yu Shu Lien from the original film.

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As for the content of the sequel, since Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was based on the fourth book in Chinese author Wang Dulu’s “Crane Iron Pentalogy,” it’s only natural that this project draws its story from the fifth and final book, “Iron Knight, Silver Vase.” Dulu’s  fifth novel follows the adventures of Jen Yu (Ziyi Zhang’s character in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Iron Knight, the son of Lo/Dark Cloud (Chen Chang’s character), who is switched at birth with a baby girl known as  Silver Vase.

Entertainment Weekly reported late last year that Zhang’s role would most likely be portrayed through flashback scenes that explain what happened to her character after the ambiguous ending to Lee’s movie.

With the lead casting of Yen and Yeoh and appearances from Zhang, at least the cast of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny is looking pretty solid. Now can we please work on that title? Obviously they want to maintain some kind of familiarity with the original so that casual audiences won’t be confused or ambivalent, but what’s so wrong with calling the film Iron Knight, Silver Vase? Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was an eyebrow-raising title back in the day, but word of mouth soon made it a household name.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you looking forward to the sequel?

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We’ll keep you updated on more Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny news as it becomes available.

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  1. Already drooling at the mouth in anticipation of this one.
    Donnie Yen is an amazing Martial Artist and has a great presence on screen. It is hard not to like anything he is in.

    • I love Donnie Yen, not a big fan of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon though. It’s weird, I think Ang Li appeals to the wannabe artsy Americans more than the actual Chinese. Most of my Chinese family and friends also don’t really care for any of his movies but the people here in the states seem to think he’s something special… Bleh…

      I kind of wish he would have joined the Expendables team like originally rumored. That would have been fun to watch, and would have made him more known to the mainstream American audience.

  2. “Iron Knight, Silver Vase” sounds good to me. They should keep this title. I mean, I think the audience would know that this movie is connected to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” if they do a marketing campaign stating that fact.

    Would love to see Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh together on screen again. The last movie I saw them together was way back in the early 90′s titled “Wing Chun.” Man, they were both so young back then.

  3. Typical of studios taking the safer option in naming the title. Iron Knight, Silver Vase would sound more appropriate given the source material it’s extracting from. I mean they could go with this “something_one, something_two” thing. If they decided to make a 3rd one, they’d go with the same format and it becomes something uniquely associated with this franchise. Naming it something other than Crouching 2 will surely gives a better impression of the studio not trying to milk more cash from the success of the first one, not that that was not entirely true.

  4. Yayyyy!… Just what we needed: a sequel that will ruin a classic…

    • A classic? Really?? Why are Westerners so in love with that crappy movie???

      • To start off, I’m a South African not a westener but I really don’t understand what my nationality has to do with this… Anyways, it’s a martial arts movie where the fighting came second to the characters; who all showed flaws, they developed well and none (except Jade Fox) were stereotypical characters we see in 80% of the movies we watch… The film also had great cinematography, and is one of the most influential films ever… Or are you mad that thing didn’t go boom?…

        • LMAO!!! Yes, that’s why I’m “mad.”

          It has NOTHING to do with the fact that I’m CHINESE and the stupid melodramatic garbage doesn’t me nearly as much as it does other people who are not used to the overly dramatic crap you see IN EVERY CHINESE SOAP OPERA. Yep, really revolutionary stuff in that movie… Pretty much, it’s so full of Chinese clichés it really takes a non-Asian person to enjoy it. I’m sure there are plenty of French movies that people from outside of France are all going gaga over how “artsy” it is while people living in France feel the movie is just rehashing a lot of other French movies that outsiders have never heard of…

          OMG, explosions have nothing to do with anything, wow. Funny since I enjoy a lot of martial arts movies where nothing explodes either. *gasp*

  5. Ang Lee is not involved, so that takes it down a notch.
    I’ll just wait for it on cable.

    • No, that brings it up about 10 notches. All of my Chinese friends and family are pretty sick of Ang Lee’s whole overly dramatic directing style. Reminds us too much of the cheesy Chinese soap operas…

      At least now they have a lead that actually knows martial arts, unlike that Chow Yun Fat dodo…

      • I wouldn’t go so far as to call Chow Yun Fat a dodo. He displays great charisma on-screen and he’s one of the more nuanced actors working China. I do however completely agree with you that the part was miscast. Chow Yun Fat has no skill in martial arts whatsoever, which makes me wonder why he keeps getting cast as martial arts masters (CTHD, Bulletproof Monk , Dragonball Z: Evolution ).

        Fun fact – The role of Li Mu Bai was actually offered to Jet Li initially, but he turned it down to star in “Romeo Must Die”. Leon Lai also turned down the part. I think even Andy Lau or Tony Leung would’ve worked out better. They also have limited physical skill, but I think they make for more convincing martial artists. I really think they stuck with Chow Yun Fat because they were riding on the Western appeal he had gained from doing some Hollywood movies like The Corrupter, Anna and the King, and The Replacement Killers.

        • I agree with your reason for why they cast him, but it just doesn’t really work for me… Oh well…

  6. Of course it takes a website run by Westerners to consider the “martial arts” fight scenes in Crouching Tiger to be “stunning.” Chow Yun Fat has ABSOLUTELY NO KNOWLEDGE in martial arts… You guys have to stop limiting yourself to the “Chinese” movies made for the American market… Seriously, looking at that “best martial arts fight scene list” just makes me smh over and over. Kill Bill doesn’t belong anywhere close to the top 12, NOWHERE CLOSE, and really neither does The Matrix, as much as I loved that movie, that’s not really martial arts… Crouching Tiger MIGHT belong in the honorable mentions, but honestly with a Bruce Lee fight scene there, Crouching Tiger doesn’t even belong to hang in that crowd AT ALL. And the fight with the Northerner in Ip Man should have been on that list…

    • I agree with you 100%. The list sucks. there are way better fight scenes out there there is a couple movies on that list I wouldn’t even call a martial arts movie. Just because it has martial arts in it doesn’t make it a martial arts movie. Ong Bak 1 had some tremendous martial arts in it. I think they all forgot about the epic fight scene with the motorcycle gang where Tony Jaa kicks someone’s head while his leg is on fire. Seriously way better than a cgi Neo fight on Matrix WHICH IS NOT A MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE!!!!!

  7. Donnie Yen is one of my top favorite martial artist. The guy has charisma and he kicks a lot of butt. His new movie Iceman looks tight as well.

  8. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sounds like a couple nasty bosses I have at my job at Wal-Mart! You gotta be like a Mortal Combat expert some days to survive dealing with them!

  9. Ip Man vs the Northener is classic. Just thought I’d reiterate. Tony Jaa vs the Capoeirista in the Protector was crazy too.

    • I loved that scene from Ip Man. Tony Jaa is talented too, but I feel his movies completely lack substance in terms of plot. Not that he’s the only one, it reminds me of the original Jackie Chan Drunken Master, where it was literally just one fight scene after another. Sure there was a loose plot holding it together, but honestly, the “plot” and the situations were just settings and excuses for another fight scene, lol. So yes, those movies definitely have a place in martial arts movies collections, but I do tend to like movies with a bit of both. The first Ip Man definitely scratched that itch quite well, the sequel, eh, no… Another Donnie Yen movie I really liked was Flash Point. Kill Zone got a lot of attention here in the USA, but I personally didn’t like it too much. Especially the ending, it just tried WAY too hard to be dramatic, basically, the typical Chinese soap opera ending that really just annoys me…

      Dragon was one of his movies that completely flew under the radar. You should really check that one out, it’s pretty darn interesting, VERY unique movie actually. It was like a mix of CSI and martial arts, lol. You’ll see what I mean if you watch it…

      • Just so everyone is clear, Drunken Master is NOT the same movie as “The Legend of Drunken Master.” Both star Jackie Chan, but one was made like 10 years before the other and was completely different…

  10. Huge FAIL by WB for not casting Donnie Yen as Batman for the Superman/Batman movie. Woulda kicked as on screen and in intl box office.

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