Kung Fu Yoga
Kung Fu Yoga (Gong fu yu jia) is a 2017 Chinese action-adventure comedy film, written and directed by Stanley Tong, and starring Jackie Chan. The film's cast includes Chinese actors Aarif Rahman, Zhang Yixing, and Miya Muqi, and Indian actors Sonu Sood, Disha Patani, and Amyra Dastur.
|Kung Fu Yoga|
Chinese theatrical release poster
|Mandarin||Gong fu yu jia|
|Directed by||Stanley Tong|
|Written by||Stanley Tong|
|Music by||Nathan Wang|
|Edited by||Chi-Leung Kwong|
|Box office||US$254.2 million|
The film was released in China on 28 January 2017 and in India on 3 February 2017. Featuring original music composed by Nathan Wang. It is Jackie Chan's highest-grossing film in China. It was also the highest-grossing comedy film in China, until it was overtaken by Never Say Die (2017).
Jack (Jackie Chan), a renowned professor of archaeology at the Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xi'an, teams up with young Indian professor Ashmita (Disha Patani) from National Museum Institute, Rajasthan to locate India's lost Magadha treasure in Tibet. Their team find the treasure underneath a frozen lake using modern technology. However, they are interrupted by a group of mercenaries led by Randall (Sonu Sood) who steals the treasure and leaves them there to die. In the chaos, Jones – a member from Jack's team who is more a treasure hunter than an archaeologist smuggles away with a diamond artifact. Jack's and Ashmita's team manage to escape from the underground icy cavern through an opening.
Two weeks later, the 212 carat diamond artifact pops up in Dubai for auctions at the black market. To save his job, Jack attempts to take back the artifact with the help of a rich friend. Jack wins the auction but Randall strikes again with his goons which result in a high speed car chase through heavy traffic in Dubai. In the ensuing chase, Ashmita snatches it from them. Jack traces about Ashmita's whereabouts and finds she isn't who she claimed to be before but the youngest descendant of Magadha royalty. Ashmita explains the diamond artifact is known as the "Eye of Shiva" in their family chronicles and it is the key to immense treasure hidden somewhere.
She asks Jack to help her find the real treasure and protect it from wrong hands. They further find the diamond artifact is a part of a scepter that opens a map room built using vastu shastra and astronomical positions of that period in a closed part of a sacred temple. Randall kidnaps Jack and Ashmita, demands to find the treasure for him because it belonged to his family. They all together find the map room which happens to be a puzzle room where a wrong move can cost lives.
They reach to an underground Shiva temple made out of gold that is nearby a secluded waterfall. Reaching there, Randall's group begins to extract gems and diamonds from the temple decorations and searches for the treasure, but to his despair, they find the treasure that the legend says is ancient knowledge about medicine, Buddhism, mechanical structures, and many more. In despair, Randall tries to destroy everything, but Jack, Ashmita and their team start a fight to stop them. Jack fights using principles of yoga and kung fu to beat down Randall and convinces him the significant importance of this finding. Meanwhile, a group of Sannyasis comes down through the new opening above ground and by seeing the magnificence of the deity in underground temple, they start to sing and dance in joy. The groups that were fighting, realizing their pettiness, stop fighting and happily join with the joyous expression.
- Jackie Chan as Jack
- Aarif Rahman as Jones Lee
- Zhang Yixing as Xiaoguang
- Miya Muqi as Noumin
- Sonu Sood as Randall
- Disha Patani as Ashmita
- Zhang Guoli
- Amyra Dastur – Kyra
- Muh Bahtiar C – Thyar
- David Torok
- Jain kumar
- Wen Jiang
- Eric Tsang
- Shang Yuxian
- Eskindir Tesfay
- Moeed Rehman as Oxan
Principal photography began in Beijing in September, before moving to Xi'an and Dubai on 27 September and ended on 30 October. Filming then continued in Beijing and India in December. Filming also took place in Iceland.
The film originally was intended to be a Sino-Indian co-production. However, its Indian production partner Viacom 18 eventually pulled out of the production. Viacom 18 stated: "We had every intent to collaborate with ‘Kung Fu Yoga.’ However things didn’t work out as planned. But we are optimistic about more such partnerships in the future."
According to director Stanley Tong, Bollywood star Aamir Khan was initially offered a major role in the film, but he could not take up the offer due to scheduling conflicts, as he was busy shooting for his own film Dangal (2016) at the time. The dance sequence in Kung Fu Yoga was choreographed by Bollywood dance choreographer Farah Khan.
|Kung Fu Yoga|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Language||Mandarin, English, Hindi|
Nathan Wang composed the background score. The soundtrack was released on 2017.
|1.||"Beautiful Fairy Tales"||Jackie Chan, M.I.C||3:36|
|2.||"Curry Flavor"||Jackie Chan, Zhang Yishan, Yang Zi||3:12|
The rights to the film have been sold for distribution across the world. In Asia, the rights have been sold to distributors in India, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Outside of Asia, the film was sold to the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Italy, Russia, Latin America, Turkey and the Middle East. It was released in the Philippines on 1 February, as distributed by Star Cinema.
The film opened at number 1 in Singapore, earning $1.85 million, during its weekend debut of 28 January 2017.
The film was a major box-office success in China, where it became Jackie Chan's highest-grossing film and one of the top ten highest-grossing films of all time, grossing ¥1.753 billion (US$254,531,595). In comparison, it was a commercial failure in India, where it grossed ₹40 million (US$560,000) on its opening day.
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