4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

The MCU finally remembers that Asian people exist! And it’s a glorious, wonderful tribute to Asian cinema and Chinese (and Chinese-American) culture. Plus Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung and Ben Kingsley and Awkwafina and so much more! The great superhero movie rewatch learns the story of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

An excerpt:

One of the good things about the MCU is the way they’ve taken various filmic subgenres and done superheroic takes on them, whether it’s a war movie (Captain America: The First Avenger), Afro-futurism (Black Panther), a political thriller (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), an 80s sci-fi action movie (Thor: Ragnarok), a comedy heist flick (Ant-Man), or a spy thriller (Black Widow). With Shang-Chi it’s very much an Asian martial arts movie, with the gloriously choreographed (and magnificently filmed) fight scenes, the family drama, the over-the-top martial arts moves, and the presence of creatures from Chinese mythology both obvious (big red dragon!) and comparatively obscure (Morris the hundun).

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