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Kung Fu Yoga
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Opening Date
27 Jan 2017
Rating
PG13 Some Violence
些许暴力画面
Runtime
107 mins
Language
Mandarin / English with English & Chinese subtitles
Genre
Action, Comedy
Director
Stanley Tong
Cast
Jackie Chan, Aarif Rahman, Zhang Yixing, Disha Patani, Amyra Dastur, Mu Qimiya
Synopsis
Chinese archeology professor Jack (Jackie Chan) teams up with beautiful Indian professor Ashmita and assistant Kyra to locate lost Magadha treasure. In a Tibetan ice cave, they find the remains of the royal army that had vanished together with the treasure, only to be ambushed by Randall (Sonu Sood), the descendent of a rebel army leader. When they free themselves, their next stop is Dubai where a diamond from the ice cave is to be auctioned. After a series of double-crosses and revelations about their past, Jack and his team travel to a mountain temple in India, using the diamond as a key to unlock the real treasure. 
Reviews
By Yun-Huei  27 Jan 2017
It straddles an action film, a Bollywood movie, and a slapstick comedy with great difficulty, and the random assembly of scenes and plotlines fail to make much sense as a whole.
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One wonders how the pitch meeting of Kung Fu Yoga could possibly have gone down well and earned the film a green light – while Chinese New Year movies have never hit a high watermark in terms of quality, the ill-conceived mishmash of themes and genres found in Kung Fu Yoga is still a sight to behold.

It straddles an action film, a Bollywood movie, and a slapstick comedy with great difficulty, and the random assembly of scenes and plotlines fail to make much sense as a whole. There are few sequences that barely pass muster, but overall Kung Fu Yoga remains a rather painful film to sit through.
 
It is not a stretch to cast Jackie Chan as a mild-mannered archaeologist with Kung Fu skills, but the entire Bollywood addition to the film, which accounts for the Yoga part of the title, is a head-scratcher. The Bollywood starlets are pretty but don’t seem to have an ounce of thespian talent to share among themselves, and Sonu Snood is about as generic a villain as one can get. And if director Stanley Tong was trying to emulate the more outlandish elements that make up Bollywood films, then he has fallen very far short. It’s neither a parody nor an homage, and so this Bollywood theme, like the rest of the movie, goes nowhere.
 
There are many other confounding things to be found in Kung Fu Yoga, none more so than the copious use of (bad) CG. The film decides to start off with a computer animated prologue that seems to have been made by a bunch of high school students, and then randomly inserts scenes with computer animated animals that once again makes no sense. Was there a need to include a barfing lion as part of a high-octane car chase set in the streets of Dubai? Or have a strangely protracted sequence involving a bunch of hungry hyenas?

That the film abruptly ends with a boisterous Bollywood dance sequence that gives almost no closure to the dangling plot lines, is just a further testament to the fact that catching this film over the Chinese New Year break is a waste of both one’s time and money. 
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