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Kung Fu Yoga (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

August 4, 2017 by  



Filmmaker Stanley Tong’s long-awaited reunion with Jackie Chan happens to be a co-production between China and India. Featuring a talented cast, cool action scenes, a lot of humor plus Bollywood dance choreography, “Kung Fu Yoga” is entertaining and so much fun!

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TITLE: Kung Fu Yoga

FILM RELEASE: 2017

DURATION: 107 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:35:1 aspect ratio), 16:9 widescreen, Mandarin and English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Subtitles: English and Chinese

COMPANY: Well Go USA

RATED: Not Rated

RELEASE DATE: August 8, 2017


Directed by Stanley Tong

Written by Stanley Tong

Executive Producers: Jackie Chan, Sailesh Pathak, Joe Tam

Producer: RJonathan Shen, Barbie Tung, Wei Wang

Co-Producers: D Wu, Huixia Zhang, Sunny Sun, Lin Hong, Jili Chen, Cici Chen

Associate Producer: Jia Fu, Mingyu Peng, Hong Qin, Jingwei Wang, Jianhong Yu

Music by Nathan Wang

Cinematography by Wing-Hang Wong

Edited by Chi-Leung Kwong

Casting by Adam Alzoubi

Production Design by Ying-Wah Cheung 

Art Direction by Ying-Wah Cheung, Ranjit Singh

Costume Design by Phoebe Wong


Starring:

Jackie Chan as Jack

Disha Patani as Ashmita

Amyra Dastur as Kura

Aarif Rahman as Jones

Miya Muqi as Nuomin

Sonu Sood as Randall

Paul Philip Clark as Max

Yixing Zhang as Xiaoguang

Yuxian Shang as Circe

Jiang Wen as Jiang Wen

Eric Tsang as Jianghua

Guoli Zhang as Jonathan


Jack (Jackie Chan), a world-renowned archaeology professor, and his team are on a grand quest to locate a lost ancient Indian treasure when they are ambushed by a team of mercenaries and left for dead. Using his vast knowledge of history and kung fu, Jack leads his team on a race around the world to beat the mercenaries to the treasure and save an ancient culture in this breakneck action-comedy that reunites Chan with acclaimed director Stanley Tong (Rumble in the Bronx, Supercop).


In 2017, a collaboration film with Taihe Entertainment and Shinework Pictures featuring a collaboration between China and India.

The film reunites with legendary action star Jackie Chan with director Stanley Tong (“Police Story 4: First Strike”, “Rumble in the Bronx”, “Supercop”) and would star Disha Patani, Amyra Dastur, Aarif Rahman (“Cold War”, “Young Bruce Lee”, “Cold War II”), Miya Muqi (“Tomb Robber”, “The Monkey King 2”, “The Kapil Sharma Show”), Sonu Sood (“Dookudu”, “Happy New Year”, “Dabangg”), EXO-M popstar Yexing Zhang (“Ex-Files 2”, “Go Fighting: Royal Treasure”, “Oh My God”) and Eric Tsang (“Infernal Affairs” films, “The Accidental Spy”).

The film begins with a CG historic tale of how the Magadha treasure was lost in Tibet.

The film then introduces us to Jack (portrayed by Jackie Chan), a well-known professor of archaeology at the Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xi’an.

He is visited by a young Indian professor Ashmita (portrayed by Disha Patani) who wanted to share with Jack a map that has lived on through her family.  Needing Jack’s help to use the map in hopes to find the treasure, he agrees to help her.

Jack is joined by his assistants Nuomin (portrayed by Miya Muqi) and Xiaoguang (portrayed by Yixing Zhang) and Ashmita with her assistant Kyra (portrayed by Amyra Dastur).  Jack also gets his friend’s son, Jones Lee (portrayed by Aarif Rahman) to join.

But as they start to look for the treasure, so is another man, Randall (portrayed by Sonu Sood).

Can Jack, Ashimita and team prevent the real treasure from getting into the wrong hands?


VIDEO:

“Kung Fu Yoga” is presented in 1080p High Definition. Featuring close-ups with very good detail, the film looks very good and some scenes that were quite vibrant with the color pallette. I didn’t notice any major artifacts, banding or issues with picture quality during my viewing of the film.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Kung Fu Yoga” is presented in Mandarin and English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Dialogue and music is crystal clear and surround channels utilize ambiance and action sequences through the surround channels.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Kung Fu Yoga” comes with the following special features:

  • Best of Both Worlds – (3:40) A featurette about the China/India film co-production.
  • The Dynamic Duo – (2:38) A featurette of the reunion of filmmaker Stanley Tong and actor Jackie Chan.
  • The Making of – (21:40) A featurette of the making of “Kung Fu Yoga”.  Interviews with cast and crew.
  • Jackie Chan Featurette – (2:34) A featurette showcasing Jackie Chan performing his own stunts and dancing for the film and more.
  • Bloopers – (3:23) The fun that took place in “Kung Fu Yoga” including outtakes.
  • Bollywood Dance Featurette – (3:12) The making of the Bollywood dance scene.
  • Trailer

EXTRAS:

“Kung Fu Yoga” comes with the Blu-ray and DVD version of the film.


Jackie Chan has almost done it all.  Action roles, comedy roles, dramatic roles, pop singer, enka singer, you name it, he’s done it or not afraid of giving it a try.

For Stanley Tong’s latest action film “Kung Fu Yoga, we have a co-production between China and India and I think it’s safe to ask, will Jackie Chan do some “Bollywood dancing”?  And with a collaboration of talent from both countries, that is a definite “yes”!

Jackie Chan takes on a Indiana Jones type of character.  Chan as a professor named Jack and his team decides to work together with young Indian professor Ashmita and her assistant to find the lost Magadha treasure in Tibet.

The team manages to find a diamond artifact but a man named Randall (portrayed by popular Indian actor Sonu Sood) is also after the treasure.

And so it’s a race against time but also Jack, Ashmita and team try to get to the treasure and prevent Randall from getting it.  But Ashmita (portrayed by actress Disha Patani) also carries a secret of why she collaborated with Jack.

I have to say that having watched a plethora of Jackie Chan films from his earliest to present, among his present films within the last few years, I ahve to say that “Kung Fu Yoga” is one of the most entertaining and fun films that I have watched.

Sure, a lot of people often wonder if Jackie Chan should be doing martial arts films at 63-years-old but watching “Kung Fu Yoga”, sure you’re not going to see the same Jackie Chan from the ’70s, ’80s or ’90s but he’s still agile, shows that he still has that fighting screen presence and action-star persona today.

In fact, Jackie Chan takes on new action with this latest film which includes him and actress Disha Patani actually having to swim in frigid waters and also having to do numerous Bollywood dance routines.

Is “Kung Fu Yoga” destined to be a classic Jackie Chan film?  Probably not, but considering how Jackie Chan continues to show that at his age, he still can take on action roles but also take on something new and different is quite fantastic.

Especially when the film features a reunion between him and renown martial arts director Stanley Tong and what best than the two to collaborate on this Chinese/Indian co-production shot in several countries.

Dubai royalty was so thrilled with Jackie Chan filming in the country that the royalty allowed for major action sequences (especially a chase scene) to be filmed, so seeing a closure of major roads and the limitless use of expensive cars to be used in the film.

But it’s a film that worked well because of its cast.

The casting of this film does not disappoint!  Up-and-coming Indian film actress Disha Patani plays the main female lead, popular young actress Amyra Dastur, while famous and award-winning Indian film actor Sonu Sood, best known for playing villain roles, plays the primary antagonist.

The film also stars pop star Lay (Yixing Zhang) of EXO-M, actress and famous Yoga instructor Miya Muqi, musician and popular actor Aarif Rahman, who is quickly becoming an action star to probably look out for in the near future.  And of course, what action film would it be without Eric Tsang, who also stars in the film.

And to make sure that the Bollywood dance was authentic, the choreography for the film is courtesy from one of the best film choreographers from India, Farah Khan.

So, this film has a lot of talent, a lot of action scenes, a lot of humor and yes, the Bollywood dancing!  And also, breathtaking scenes from Dubai, Iceland and India.

It’s something you don’t usually see and it’s something new that one will watch to see how Jackie Chan does with the collaboration.  And because this is a Stanley Tong film, one can watch the special features and see these talents really get into their action roles, but also some getting a bit hurt (nothing too bad, that we have been used to seeing at the end credits of a Jackie Chan film).

As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality is fantastic and outdoor scenes are vibrant.  Lossless audio features crystal clear dialogue and music and also surround channels utilize ambiance and action scenes very well.  There are also numerous special features included.

Overall, filmmaker Stanley Tong’s long-awaited reunion with Jackie Chan happens to be a co-production between China and India.  Featuring a talented cast, cool action scenes, a lot of humor plus Bollywood dance choreography, “Kung Fu Yoga” is entertaining and so much fun!






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