Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, distributed by Sony Pictures, became a surprise international success, grossing $213.5 million. It grossed $128 million in the US becoming the highest grossing foreign language film in American history and has won over 40 awards including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film was also nominated for six other Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Here's what producer Harvey Weinstein had to say about the sequel, and director Ang Lee's original film.
I loved Ang Lee's film. I thought it was a master class in directing, but I know we are in fantastic hands with Woo-ping Yuen directing the second installment of Crouching Tiger. Master Yuen worked with me on Iron Monkey, Kill Bill and now The Grandmaster. He is a first-class director and choreographer, and I am thrilled to be teaming up with him once more. With John Fusco's incredible script and the dream team of Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh we are in great shape."
Hong Wang, son of late author Du Lu Wang, offered his own statement.
"My sister and I and our families sincerely appreciate that Harvey and TWC stayed committed to bringing my father's works to the screen for the enjoyment of audiences around the world. My father created timeless characters and stories of universal appeal. They remain no less relevant today. Through great filmmaking, another generation will get to experience them."
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend comes to theaters August 28th, 2015 and stars Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Scott Lee, Harry Shum Jr., Eugenia Yuan, Juju Chan, Chris Pang, Roger Yuan. The film is directed by Woo-ping Yuen.