Movie Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings


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Actor Simu Liu plays Shang-Chi in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is an American fantasy/action Marvel film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. This thrilling action movie stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung. It is the highest-grossing movie since the COVID-19 pandemic. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is about Shaun (Simu Liu), finally embracing his dark past and working with his father, Xu Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung), to revive his mother.

The movie starts with Shaun and his friend Katy (Awkwafina) entering a public bus. As they are talking, a group of assassins suddenly confronts and attacks them. With this unpleasant surprise, Shaun is forced to fight, and after he has defeated the mercenaries, he realizes that his half of a pendant had been stolen by the attackers. He finally realizes that the assassins were actually sent by his immortal father and owner of the Legendary Ten Rings, Xu Wenwu. As Shaun is trying to figure out what his father wants, Katy is trying to figure out who her best friend really is.

Knowing that his father will go for the other half of the pendant, he travels to Hong Kong looking for his sister. On the way there, he has to explain to Katy that his father is an immortal warlord that had raised Shaun to be an assassin after gangsters killed his mother. However, when he had his first assignment for an assassination, he fleed to America in hopes of starting a new life. While explaining, Shaun also reveals that his real name is Shang, not Shaun. Upon arriving in Hong Kong, Shaun and Katy immediately make their way to where Shaun’s sister lives in hopes of saving her. When he arrives at an underground fighting arena, he, his sister, and Katy are attacked by assassins once again, but this time, they get captured by Xu Wenwu.

The trio finds out that they have been brought back to Shaun’s original home, and his father explains that he has been experiencing supernatural things. The supernatural activity leads to Wenwu thinking that his wife is still alive, and he wants Shaun and his sister to help fix their broken family. They refuse his offer but soon learn the dark truth in Shaun’s mother’s hometown. After learning this secret, Shaun, Katy, and his sister become determined to stop Wenwu from essentially ending the world.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is clearly a fantastic movie, prospering at the box office and earning so much money. It has many thrilling action scenes that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats and many comical scenes as well. Filled with many plot twists and so much tension, it is generally an amazing movie.