Kung Fu Yoga Movie Review

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Kung Fu Yoga Movie Review

 

Kung Fu Yoga is a 2017 action-adventure comedy film written and directed by Stanley Tong. The film is a Chinese-Indian co-production of Taihe Entertainment (China) and Shinework Pictures (China).

The film was released in China on January 28, 2017 and is scheduled for release in India on February 3, 2017.Featuring original music composed by Nathan Wang and additional music composed by Komail and Shivaan.

“Kung Fu Yoga” Movie Cast & Crew:

Director: Stanley Tong
Produced by: Baribie Tung
Starring: Jackie Chan, Sonu Sood, Disha Patani, Amyra Dastur
Music Director: Nathan Wang, Komail-Shivaan
Production companies: Taihe Entertainment, Shinework Pictures
Language:  Mandarin, Hindi, English

“Kung Fu Yoga” Movie Story Line: 

Is there anything sadder than watching an ageing superstar’s desperate attempts to keep himself afloat? If you have grown up watching Jackie Chan movies and loved him more for his comic timing and endearing goofiness or his expert kung fu, Kung Fu Yoga will leave you with a feeling of sadness.

Jack (Jackie Chan), a renowned professor of archaeology at the Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xi’an, teams up with young Indian professor Ashmita and assistant Kyra to locate India’s lost Magadha treasure in Tibet.

At one point, Sonu Sood’s Randall is frustrated and says through his gritted teeth, “Don’t bore me…” as Chan’s character blabbers about morality. The line in itself is a short, crisp review of the movie.
But if one must dive into details, Kung Fu Yoga is about Jack, one of China’s leading archeologists, who is enlisted by an Indian archeologist, Ashmita (Disha Patani), for finding a lost treasure that belonged to her ancestors. He comes to India along with his assistants Zhu (Yixing Zhang) and Nuomin(Miya Muqi) to unearth the mystery. But the treasure has another contender in Randall (Sonu Sood), who is equipped with a dozen kurta-clad white men, computer-animated zoo animals, sleek cars and a healthy dose of inherent greed.

If only the film were equipped with anything resembling a coherent plot. There are no thrills, or spills. None of the joyous laughter we have come to expect from a Jackie Chan.

Director Stanley Tong may also need a short history lesson. Shouldn’t a movie about treasures from the Magadha empire been shot somewhere near where the kingdom actually existed, like Patna?

There’s some elementary-level Kung Fu and absolutely no yoga (but how else would India be represented in the title?); the English dubbing makes for awkward viewing and many lines seem to be lost in translation; there is altogether too much CGI work and to top it all, the movie sticks to a Western view of India (Elephants! Princesses clad in jewels! Temples! Snake Charmers!). It also has a strong Raiders Of The Lost Ark-meets-Temple Of Doom vibe.

Chan seems to be restricted in his moves but still has his charm. Sonu Sood could have made for a better antagonist had he been badder. The nearest thing that the movie has to a quick repartee is not between any two characters but an interaction between Chan and a lion, which forces some giggles out of you.

If you’re going for the Kung Fu, chances are you’ll end up in a meditative state instead.

 

MovieMint.com Rating:  2.5/5

Reviewed by MovieMint Team

 

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