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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

  • Action
  • Fantasy
  • 2020
  • Destin Daniel Cretton
  • 132 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Shang-Chi, the master of weaponry-based Kung Fu, is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicks off in earnest with this martial arts adventure. Kung fu master Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) is living incognito in San Francisco as Shaun, working as a car valet and whiling away his days with fun-loving pal Katy (an ebullient Awkwafina). But when assassins strike, he's forced to unleash his abilities during a spectacular scrap on a speeding bus, revealing his identity and initiating a bruising reunion with his fearsome father (played by Hong Kong superstar Tony Leung), the ruthless boss of the deadly Ten Rings organisation. The initial fight scenes and Shaun/Katy double act promise an entertaining Jackie Chan-style romp, but a mystical fantasy storyline involving a magical land and mythical beasts then takes precedence. Admittedly, the nods to wuxia epics like Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are eye-catching, and the scene-stealing return of a notable MCU character delivers laughs, but this narrative diversion also ends up burying Liu's barely established hero under a welter of CGI.

Credits

Cast

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Shang-ChiSimu Liu
Xu Wenwu / The MandarinTony Leung (2)
KatyAwkwafina
XialingMeng'er Zhang
Jiang NanMichelle Yeoh
Jon JonRonny Chieng
Jiang LiFala Chen
Razor FistFlorian "Big Nasty" Munteanu
WaipoTsai Chin
WongBenedict Wong

Crew

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DirectorDestin Daniel Cretton

Details

Theatrical distributor
Walt Disney
Released on
2021-09-03
Languages
English
Formats
Colour

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