Simu Liu touts Weibo messages from Chinese fans praising ‘Shang-Chi,’ expressing regret over China ban
Simu Liu took to Instagram yesterday to share positive comments he has received from Chinese “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” fans in a show of common ground being found above government and political rhetoric.
What they’re saying: The glowing reviews, which he reportedly received on Weibo, praised his performance in the Marvel blockbuster and expressed regret over its lack of Chinese release.
‘Someone that looks like them’: Underprivileged SF Chinatown children treated to free ‘Shang-Chi’ screening
Community organizers treated hundreds of underprivileged children in San Francisco’s Chinatown to a free screening of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” over the weekend.
After reaching $200 million domestically, “Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings” has surpassed the $400-million barrier, making it only the third Hollywood movie to reach the milestone during the COVID-19 era.
The achievement: The 25th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe made a total of $401 million globally last week, making it the third movie after “Godzilla vs. Kong” and “Fast and Furious 9” to garner that much money during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to We Got This Covered.
‘American Born Chinese’ Disney Plus series to be helmed by ‘Shang-Chi’ director Destin Daniel Cretton
“American Born Chinese” is getting a series adaptation on Disney Plus, and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” director Destin Daniel Cretton is set to direct.
What we know so far: The adaptation of Gene Luen Yang’s award-winning 2006 graphic novel was announced by Disney on Oct. 4, with Yang onboard as an executive producer.
With a staggering box office total of nearly $200M, ‘Shang-Chi’ is officially the biggest film of 2021
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” which features Marvel Studio’s first leading Asian superhero, is now the biggest movie of 2021 and the pandemic era, in the U.S.
Power figures: The film, which stars Simu Liu as the titular superhero, took in $13.3 million in its fourth weekend and overtook fellow Marvel film “Black Widow” as the year’s domestic box office leader, reported CNN.
Behind-the-scenes footage of Simu Liu’s first day of training for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” has emerged online.
A hero in training: Yung Lee, the action designer for the Marvel Studios film, shared some clips on Instagram to provide fans a glimpse of how Liu looked before his full training started.
While “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings” may not be released in China, Simu Liu is acknowledging the support of Chinese fans — as well as others from around the world — who have yet to see his blockbuster movie.
Alleged Chinese ban: Reports about the film’s unlikely release in China made rounds last week after Liu’s old comment deemed critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) resurfaced online. As of this writing, the Marvel movie has not been given a Chinese release date.
To the fans hoping for a Pokémon and Marvel crossover, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige shut down such wishful thinking in an interview on Monday.
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Vietnamese pride: ‘Shang-Chi’ breakout star Andy Le taught himself martial arts after being bullied as a child
Andy Le’s portrayal of the obscure Marvel comics villain “Death Dealer” is arguably one of the most stand-out performances in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
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Tony Leung is so legendary that Marvel boss was left ‘speechless’ after meeting him on set of ‘Shang-Chi’
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” features Simu Liu as the titular main character, but another star of the film left Marvel chief Kevin Feige so flabbergasted that he could hardly speak.
High praise: Hong Kong legend Tony Leung, who plays Shang-Chi’s father Wenwu, aka the “real” Mandarin, has been touted as the MCU’s best villain yet.
Marvel Studios’ first Asian-led superhero film has exceeded early box office predictions with a stellar $71.4 million domestic performance on its opening weekend and is set to earn around $90 million through Monday.
Smash hit: “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” which started playing exclusively in theaters on Sept. 3, the beginning of Labor Day weekend, was expected to attract between $45 and $50 million in its first three days, reported Box Office Mojo.
Like many Asians living in countries where English is spoken by a majority of the population, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu says revealed it took him a lot of time and patience before he could learn to appreciate his name.
A common insecurity: In a new interview, Liu, who is Chinese Canadian, admitted he did not like the name his parents had given him when he was growing up. At the time, he “would have given anything” to anglicized it.