Tuesday, 29 March 2016

MPOV: Kung Fu Panda 3

In the Chinese Spirit Realm, Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) fights against Kai (J. K. Simmons) but willingly gives in and has his chi stolen but not before warning Kai that the Dragon Warrior, Po (Jack Black), will stop him. Kai uses this as a challenge to steal the chi from the Dragon Warrior and returns to the mortal world using Oogway's chi. Meanwhile, Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) announces his retirement and passes the role of teacher to Po. Po is excited at first, but discovers that teaching kung fu is not as easy as he expected, as the Furious Five members Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Crane (David Cross), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu), and Monkey (Jackie Chan) are injured as a result. Po is demoralized as a teacher, which makes him question who he really is and whether he is the Dragon Warrior. In response, Shifu advises Po that instead of trying to be a teacher, he should try to be himself.

Po heads home to his adoptive father, Mr. Ping (James Hong), at his noodle shop, where a panda named Li Shan (Bryan Cranston) breaks Po's dumpling-eating record. They both soon learn that Li is Po's biological father and they bond with each other, much to Ping's jealousy. After introducing Li to Shifu and his friends, the valley is suddenly attacked by jade statues controlled by Kai. Po notices that some of the statues resemble past Kung Fu masters before they retreat. The team then learns through research that Kai was Oogway's old friend who fought with him as brothers long ago. When Oogway was injured, Kai carried him until they reached a secret village of pandas, who healed Oogway using their chi. While Oogway learned the way of the chi, Kai was jealous and wanted the same power and ended up betraying Oogway, but was defeated and banished to the spirit realm for 500 years. In order to defeat Kai, Po must learn to channel chi himself, which Li offers to teach him in exchange for going to Li's secret panda village. Po and Li, along with Mr. Ping, travel to the village while Shifu and the Furious Five stay behind. Upon arrival, Po befriends the villagers among them, a ribbon dancer named Mei-Mei (Kate Hudson). Although Po is eager to learn chi, he first learns the life of a panda in the village, which he feels grateful to be a part of.

After learning that many Kung Fu masters are missing, Shifu sends Crane and Mantis, along with Master Bear, Master Croc and Master Chicken, to find Kai but they all have their chi stolen by Kai. Kai then arrives at the Jade Palace and destroys it, but not before stealing the chi of Monkey, Viper and Shifu. Tigress escapes to find Po and warns him about Kai. Afraid, Li and the pandas prepare to run away. When Po demands that Li teach him chi, he responds that he does not know chi, and that he lied so he would not lose his son again. Infuriated, Po leaves and trains to fight Kai alone. Tigress is able to convince Po that he is unable to defeat Kai. However, Li and the villagers decide to stay and ask Po to train them so they can fight back. Po accepts and teaches them using their everyday activities as their assets and begins their plan to save their village.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

This movie continues from Po’s previous journey and this time he finally found his father. With a new evil looming near who has been stealing all the great masters' chis, Po followed his new found father to the panda village hoping to learn chi. Over there, Po finally discovered life as a real panda.

Apparently this is a 6 movie series hence there are another 3 more sequels so just hope it will not go stale. Still humorous but a little predictable this time, it is still entertaining and great to watch with the family. 

IMDb rating: 7.5/10
My rating: 3/5
Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, J.K. Simmons
Category: A 2016 American-Chinese computer-animated action comedy martial arts film

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