Donnie Yen, other Asian actors share heartfelt praise for ‘Shang-Chi’ and Simu Liu

Action superstar Donnie Yen shared a heartfelt message for actor Simu Liu about starring in the upcoming Marvel Studios film, “Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings.”

Asian representation: Australian martial artist and host Andy Trieu conducted a virtual interview with Yen and uploaded a clip of the conversation to social media on Aug. 17.

  • Yen gave his thoughts on Liu’s movie and pointed out the importance of having equal opportunities in Hollywood.
  • “Continue to strive to represent Asians, Chinese,” the actor urged Liu. “You know, I’m Chinese … I take pride of my origins and roots.”
  • Yen added that opportunities in Western films should be fair and equal to provide “Asian talents what they deserve.”
  • “I wish them the best of luck, and I look forward to see that film,” the 58-year-old actor added.


First Asian-led MCU film: The debut of Liu’s character Shang-Chi in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has earned massive support from the Asian community in the entertainment field along with other MCU stars.

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  • “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu, who attended the film’s premiere on Monday, said “Shang-Chi” is “starting a new chapter. The new stars will have a new face and I love that!” according to ABC7.
  • Collider’s Dennis Tzeng wrote a tweet after seeing the premiere, sharing that he had to keep himself from “bursting into tears of joy watching the first big-budget Hollywood Asian superhero movie being represented on the big screen.”
  • Benedict Wong, who reprises his MCU role in “Shang-Chi,” called the movie “historic” in an interview with ABS-CBN News. “[I’m] happy to be involved in the Marvel Universe since six, seven years ago. But then when you think about it, it was quite lonely being the only Asian,” Wong said. “Obviously, we had Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, and now Gemma Chan. But to be in this Asian Assemble, this is incredible. It’s historic.”
  • MCU actors Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth have also expressed their support for Simu Liu and “Shang-Chi” via Twitter.

“Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings,” which is set to hit theaters on Sept. 3, has generated mostly positive social media buzz from those who saw the premiere on Monday.

Featured Image via Andy Trieu (left) ABS-CBN News (right)

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