Shang-Chi: First Asian Hero in MCU
Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings just opened up in theaters recently and I could not just review it as merely another Marvel superhero movie. As an Asian navigating a career in the filmmaking industry, I just feel obligated to contribute to the box office because of the pure fact of its primarily Asian cast and crew. The last time I had the similar emotions was when Crazy Rich Asian came out. Well, after all, representation matters.
I read a lot of reviews from some Chinese social medias back when the studio just announced the project. People would jump on the conclusion that this would be a typical American superhero movie but with an Asian lead's face, and so on so. However, just like what happened with Crazy Rich Asians, the movie wasn't not made for Chinese audience in China, but speaks so much to minority Asian who were born and raised in America. Here's always mysterious family background about Asian kids . No matter how strong and talented they are, they try to hide and run away from who they are, though it's the villain, Fu Manchu, who is trying to teach the hero to face their own true identity. Speaking of Fu Manchu, it is going to be interesting to see how the Chinese market responses to this villain who historically has a bad name of an evil representation of Chinese people.
I am also curious about how a non-Chinese audience would review this movie. If you have seen this movie, please leave comment and let's talk about it!