Why Asian Americans Feel Compelled to Defend ‘Shang-Chi’

Recently and on their own initiative, my 11-year old child became interested in Greek mythology. As a single co-parent father continually desperate for reasons to relate to and bond with my child, this delighted me, because by coincidence I became infatuated with Greek myths when I was young. As a broke Vietnamese refugee nerd kid, I’d go to the Franklin library and read up about the messed up Gods, the flawed heroes, the fantastic creatures.

Continue reading “Why Asian Americans Feel Compelled to Defend ‘Shang-Chi’”

Hard NOC Life 233: Did ‘Shang-Chi’ Live Up to the Hype?

Now that it’s breaking box office records, Keith, Britney, and Dominic are joined by HK cinema and martial arts movie expert Raymond Chow to break down Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on a new episode of Hard NOC Life.

Continue reading “Hard NOC Life 233: Did ‘Shang-Chi’ Live Up to the Hype?”

Two Chinese Americans Explain How to Pronounce ‘Shang-Chi’

Keith and Dominic tap into their Chinese American backgrounds to provide YouTube’s definitive explainer on how to pronounce “Shang-Chi,” a name that the entire world will want to know now that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the biggest movie in the world!

Continue reading “Two Chinese Americans Explain How to Pronounce ‘Shang-Chi’”

‘Shang-Chi’ Screenwriter Dave Callaham on Keeping it Authentically Asian American

Marvel’s Shang-Chi premieres this week. As the first Asian-led Marvel film, there’s a lot of pressure to get this character and story right, given the comic book’s problematic history being rooted in stereotypical Asian tropes. Director Destin Daniel Cretton and screenwriter Dave Callaham did a lot of research on Shang-Chi’s comic book origins and knew what they wanted to do with him. 

Continue reading “‘Shang-Chi’ Screenwriter Dave Callaham on Keeping it Authentically Asian American”

NOC Review: ‘Shang-Chi’ is Spectacular

Whether it’s an overall sense of fatigue from mainstream audiences who aren’t into comic book films, or perhaps a general sense of pandemic malaise from folks unsatisfied with the state of entertainment these days, it seems like the momentum and good will the MCU has cultivated the past 12 years has turned to mixed sentiment for most of this year.

Continue reading “NOC Review: ‘Shang-Chi’ is Spectacular”

‘Shang-Chi’ Gets Up Close and Personal With Character Posters

Marvel Studios just released Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings character posters. The posters features Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), Katy (Awkwafina), Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Jiang Nan, and Wenwu (played by legends Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung, respectively). It also includes the Death Dealer, who we have no idea who plays them.

Continue reading “‘Shang-Chi’ Gets Up Close and Personal With Character Posters”

New Featurette & Poster Offer More Details on Shang-Chi’s Backstory

Marvel Studios released an all-new featurette titled “Destiny” for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. In the two-minute clip, producer Kevin Feige, stars Simu Liu and Awkwafina, and director Destin Daniel Cretton talk about Shang-Chi’s backstory and his connection to the Ten Rings and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.

Continue reading “New Featurette & Poster Offer More Details on Shang-Chi’s Backstory”

New ‘Shang-Chi’ Promo Teases Family Drama and Shirtless Simu

Marvel Studios is really kicking up the promotion for the September release of the anticipated film, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings.

In the new promo called Need, after going into hiding from his past, Shang-Chi (played by a very ripped Simu Liu) is found by his father, Wenwu (Tony Leung), the leader of the Ten Rings, who wants his son to be his right-hand man and eventually take his place. Shang-Chi doesn’t want to follow that path. In a voiceover, Wenwu tells his son, ‘You can’t outrun your destiny.’

Continue reading “New ‘Shang-Chi’ Promo Teases Family Drama and Shirtless Simu”

New ‘Shang-Chi’ Trailer Displays the Power of the Ten Rings

During ESPN’s Broadcast of NBA Countdown before Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, Marvel Studios released a brand new trailer for Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings. The film features Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), a young super hero and martial artist whose journey of self-discovery unfolds in this never-before-seen origin story.

Continue reading “New ‘Shang-Chi’ Trailer Displays the Power of the Ten Rings”

The Who, What, and Why of Marvel’s Epic New Movie, ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’

Well, this is kind of embarrassing. Monday, April 19, was Simu Liu’s birthday, and all I got him was an edible arrangement. In any other instance, that would be a perfectly safe and standard gift, in my opinion. But of course, here comes Marvel in an epic move of one-upmanship with the release of the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings teaser trailer! Though in all fairness, their gift is way more universal than mine.

Continue reading “The Who, What, and Why of Marvel’s Epic New Movie, ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’”

The ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Teaser Explained

It’s about damn time the Shang-Chi teaser trailer has been revealed and it’s worth the wait. In the video, we finally get a glimpse of Simu Liu as the title character, and of all days, on Liu’s birthday. 

Continue reading “The ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Teaser Explained”

Surprise! New Trailer and Poster for ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’

Happy Birthday Simu Liu, indeed! In celebration of Shang-Chi’s birthday, Marvel Studios has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and IT FREAKIN ROCKS! My two cents: this is looking to be the best Asian-led action extravaganza of the year! But rather than take my opinion, check out the trailer for yourself!

Continue reading “Surprise! New Trailer and Poster for ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’”

Hard NOC Life: Marvel’s Fantastic Phase Four

After a grueling week in San Diego, Dominic and Keith return to take stock of all of the bombshells that dropped during Marvel Studios’ lauded Hall H presentation. Plus, Keith speaks to A Wave Blue World VP of Sales and Marketing Lisa Wu and illustrator Steenz — who’s working on an upcoming anthology for AWBW this fall — live at the annual NOC Comic-Con meetup.

Continue reading “Hard NOC Life: Marvel’s Fantastic Phase Four”

Why Can’t the Next Bond be #AsianBond?

Yesterday, the movie world was shocked (not really) to learn Daniel Craig had turned down a small fortune to return to the big screen as James Bond, leaving a 007-sized hole for the franchise. Of course, the most obvious successor to the Aston Martin is Idris Elba, preferably in a Christopher Nolan-directed 007. Unfortunately, he’s “too street” to be considered, whatever that means. (We know what that means). So why not give an Asian actor a license to kill? Thus, #AsianBond was born on twitter. It’s not like there isn’t a plethora of Asian Brits who could take the role. In fact, I came up with nine. The only caveat is that they all hail from the UK, so sorry John Cho.

Continue reading “Why Can’t the Next Bond be #AsianBond?”