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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.[4][5][6] 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
Kung Fu Yoga poster.jpg
Chinese theatrical release poster
Mandarin Gong fu yu jia
Directed by Stanley Tong
Produced by Jackie Chan
Jianhong Qi
Jonathan Shen
Barbie Tung
Wei Wang
Written by Stanley Tong
Starring Jackie Chan
Aarif Rahman
Zhang Yixing
Sonu Sood
Miya Muqi
Disha Patani
Amyra Dastur
Music by Nathan Wang
Cinematography Wing-Hung Wong
Edited by Chi-Leung Kwong
Production
companies
Taihe Entertainment
Shinework Pictures
Distributed by Star Magic
(Philippines)
Release date
Running time
107 minutes[1]
Country China
Language Mandarin[1]
English
Budget US$65 million[2]
Box office US$254.2 million[3]

The film was released in China on 28 January 2017 and in India on 3 February 2017.[4][7] Featuring original music composed by Nathan Wang.[8] It is Jackie Chan's highest-grossing film in China.[9] It was also the highest-grossing comedy film in China, until it was overtaken by Never Say Die (2017).[10]

Contents

PlotEdit

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 and costume changes.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Principal photography began in Beijing in September, before moving to Xi'an and Dubai on 27 September and ended on 30 October.[11] Filming then continued in Beijing and India in December.[12] Filming also took place in Iceland.[13]

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.[14] 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."[15]

The film was produced primarily by the Chinese studios Taihe Entertainment and Shinework Pictures.[11][16]

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.[17] The dance sequence in Kung Fu Yoga was choreographed by Bollywood dance choreographer Farah Khan.[18]

SoundtrackEdit

Kung Fu Yoga
Soundtrack album
Recorded 2016
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 10:18
Language Mandarin, English, Hindi

Nathan Wang composed the background score. The soundtrack was released on 2017.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Beautiful Fairy Tales" Jackie Chan, M.I.C 3:36
2. "Curry Flavor" Jackie Chan, Zhang Yishan, Yang Zi 3:12
3. "Money Home" Manihong 3:30
Total length: 10:18

ReleaseEdit

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.[19] 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.[20]

ReceptionEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 59%, based on 14 critics' reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/10.[21]

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[22] (US$254,531,595).[23] In comparison, it was a commercial failure in India, where it grossed 40 million (US$600,000) on its opening day.[24]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Patrick Frater (4 November 2015). "AFM: Golden Network Kicks Off With Jackie Chan Movie Pair". variety.com. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Kung Fu Yoga Box Office Mojo Listing". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
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  5. ^ Nyay Bhushan (30 March 2015). "Jackie Chan Planning to Shoot India-China Co-Production 'Kung-Fu Yoga'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Aamir, Jackie to star in Kung Fu Yoga". THE HINDU. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Jackie Chan lands in India for Kung Fu Yoga promotions, Sonu Sood plays host. See pics". The Indian Express. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "'Kung Fu Yoga' to release on January 28, 2017". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Jackie Chan caper 'Kung Fu Yoga' tops China's box office during New Year holiday". Los Angeles Times. 7 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Cain, Rob (13 October 2017). "'Never Say Die' Is Now China's Biggest Comedy Ever". Forbes. 
  11. ^ a b Ramachandran, Naman (28 September 2015). "Jackie Chan's 'Kung Fu Yoga' Begins Shooting in Dubai". Variety. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Jackie Chan is a superhuman: Sonu Sood". 6 November 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  13. ^ Lee, Maggie (27 January 2017). "Film Review: 'Kung Fu Yoga'". Variety. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  14. ^ Lee, Maggie (28 January 2017). "Film Review: 'Kung Fu Yoga'". Variety. Retrieved 16 April 2018. 
  15. ^ Ramachandran, Naman; Frater, Patrick (26 October 2015). "Viacom 18 Exits China-India Movie 'Kung Fu Yoga'". Variety. Retrieved 16 April 2018. 
  16. ^ 网易. "中印合拍片《功夫瑜伽》签约_网易娱乐". ent.163.com. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Here's the real reason why Aamir Khan is NOT a part of Jackie Chan's Kung Fu Yoga". Bollywood Life. 26 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "Farah Khan to choreograph song in Jackie Chan's 'Kung Fu Yoga'". The Times of India. 28 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "AFM: First look and deals for Jackie Chan's 'Kung Fu Yoga'". Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  20. ^ http://news.asiaone.com/news/showbiz/kung-fu-yoga-no-1-singapore
  21. ^ "Kung Fu Yoga (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  22. ^ 内地总票房排名 ("All-Time Domestic Box Office Rankings") . 中国票房 (China Box Office) (in Chinese). Entgroup. 
  23. ^ "Kung Fu Yoga (2017) – International Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 31 January 2018. 
  24. ^ "It flopped in India, but Jackie Chan's Kung Fu Yoga has already made Rs 1200 cr". Hindustan Times. 10 February 2017. 

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