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New Zealand and China host Crouching Tiger prequel

The Green Destiny, a prequel to Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, will start filming this July in Auckland, New Zealand and China.

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Stepping into the director’s chair this time round on the Weinstein-backed film is Yuen Woo-Ping, who coordinated the martial arts in the original movie. In front of the camera is Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, who reprises her role of warrior Yu Shu Lien. Donnie Yen will also star.

Principal photography is expected to take place at Auckland Film Studios in New Zealand, with a two week shoot in China.

New Zealand offers attractive tax incentives for filmmakers, including a rebate of 20% of local expenditure if feature films spend more than NZ$15m (previously 15%).

A prequel has been planned for some time, but was delayed due to rights over the books by Wang Du Lu on which the film was based. The Green Destiny is based on several of Du Lu’s books, including Silver Case, Iron Night, the fifth in his series of novels.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - which used several stunning locations in China - is the most successful Chinese-language film to date, banking £127m at the global box office. The movie also earned an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2001.


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