Celebrate The Original ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ With These Fascinating Facts

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02.26.16 2 Comments

Back in 2000, director Ang Lee managed to combine operatic drama with stunning, elaborate martial-arts fight scenes in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Adapted from the novel of the same name, the film won multiple awards and helped legitimize the martial-arts genre for mainstream audiences in the West. With the sequel, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, set to hit Netflix Friday, February 26, here’s a look back at some surprising facts from the ambitious, visionary movie that started it all.

The movie’s source material was adapted out of order

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While the film borrows elements from earlier parts in the series, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is based on the fourth book in the five-part Crane-Iron pentalogy, written by Chinese novelist Wang Dulu and released between 1938 and 1942. A resident of Beijing, Dulu began writing mystery novels in the early 1930s, eventually having more than 50 books published before quitting writing to become a school teacher in 1949. Outside of a comic-book adaptation, as well as a handful of online summaries — including one on actress Michelle Yeoh’s website, there are no official English translations of the Crane-Iron books.

It’s also worth noting that Sword of Destiny is both a sequel to the 2000 film as well as an adaptation of Dulu’s novel Iron Knight, Silver Vase, the fifth book in the series.

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