A MARVEL LEGEND WILL RISE.
A San Francisco parking valet (Simu Liu) and his best friend (Awkwafina), whom he has not told the truth about his past, are drawn into an adventure involving a mysterious criminal organization. Along with the same year’s Black Widow, Marvel’s first film with a predominantly Asian cast found ways to breathe new life into the studio’s superhero movies after Avengers: Endgame (2019), thanks to first-rate action (including fights and a hair-raising bus chase), a sense of humor, an imaginative story and smart casting. Asian culture enriches the look and feel of the film; solid music score by Joel P. West.
2021-U.S. 132 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Kevin Feige, Jonathan Schwartz. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Screenplay: Dave Callahan, Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham. Music: Joel P. West. Cast: Simu Liu (Xu Shang-Chi), Awkwafina (Katy), Meng’er Zhang (Xu Xialing), Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong… Michelle Yeoh, Ben Kingsley, Tony Leung. Voice of Tim Roth. Cameos: Mark Ruffalo, Brie Larson.
Trivia: The character of Shang-Chi was created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin.
Last word: “[Dave Callahan and I] started by digging into our own lives as Asian Americans and asking ourselves: What would we want to see in this movie? What are things we feel were lacking in previous portrayals of Asian characters in Western cinema? So from that personal standpoint, we talked about our shared experiences and our differences – me, growing up in Hawaii and Dave, growing up in San Francisco – then we looked to the comics to see what sparked something.” (Cretton, Complex)