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Kung Fu Panda 3 Executes Sophisticated Punches to Marvel At! A Movie Review

30 Jan

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Everybody will soon want to hum to the new Kung Fu Fighting in Po’s journey (Jack Black) in Kung Fu Panda 3. Not only does the story reunite him with his past, of a life totally forgotten, but also the CGI, watercolour scroll visuals (revealed in flashback) and 3D deliver a glorious blow to the senses to behold. Very rarely will a film get the depth right and this film gets the job done perfectly!

There’s no subtitle to indicate what the tale is about, and true to the great cosmic will, this young warrior’s destiny is looking like it will come full circle. The virtues of yin and yang are duly explored in this latest entry; from witnessing how Po has to deal with two fathers — one biological (Li Shan, voiced by Bryan Cranston) and the other adoptive (Mr. Ping, played by James Hong) not necessarily seeing eye-to-eye — to learning about what his true potential is, this computer animated gem combines the best themes realized in other Wuxia films. When considering this story is co-developed by both divisions of DreamWorks (in China and USA), enlightenment is achieved!

While this movie is focussed on reuniting Po with his Panda heritage, an old threat wants to return to the physical realm to wreck chaos. Kai (J. K. Simmons) is a temperamental bull who has a history with Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) — who passed away in the first movie. This film takes a peek into the spirit realm to show that life continues, and while this turtle is enjoying his ‘retirement,’ not everyone in this plane of existence feels the same. The two meet again, and the plot of Kai wanting to steal souls exist so he can amass a new army. Of course, he senses Po’s vitality and he is coveting it for his own use.

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Kung Fu Panda 3: First Trailer!

19 Jun

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Po is back in black or more appropriately white and black. In this third installment from DreamWorks animation we see that Po (Jack Black) is reunited with his long-lost father Li (Bryan Cranston) but only after the villagers sit through a long game of mind tennis. Po and Li fail to earn points or gain ground much to the chagrin of the locals. I guess both pandas are of the same blood. Like father like son so they say.

DreamWorks has made a good decision by setting Kung Fu Panda 3 for a January 29, 2016 release. By doing so they will circumnavigate the gaping hole that Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens will leave over Christmas and at the same time assure Panda 3 will see at least some box office revenue.

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