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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel brings gravity-defying fights in first trailer

Film will premiere on Netflix in February

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, the sequel to Ang Lee's 2000 martial arts drama, manages to maintain the spirit of the original, as seen in its debut trailer above.

Like the first Crouching Tiger film, Sword of Destiny is drawn from the Crane-Iron series of Chinese wuxia novels. Originally titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: Green Legend, the re-titled Sword of Destiny is based upon the fifth and final book in the action-romance franchise and serves as a direct sequel to the previous film.

The film will simultaneously premiere in select IMAX theaters and on Netflix Feb. 26. While Lee isn't returning to direct, Michelle Yeoh will reprise her role from the original film; she'll be the only returning cast member.

This type of release is something Netflix first tried with this year's Beasts of No Nation. Other films, like Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous Six, will launch exclusively on the service, much to the chagrin of major theater chains. Several of the biggest, like AMC and Cinemark, have already announced their refusal to show films that launch on Netflix and theaters on the same day.

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