Jackie Chan and Stanley-Tong’s Sixth Film Together
Kung Fu Yoga marks the sixth film that Jackie Chan has made together with director Stanley Tong ( Police Story 3, Rumble in the Bronx, Police Story 4, The Myth and Chinese Zodiac (writing credits) ) .
Kung Fu Yoga is a multi-lingual Chinese-Hindi action adventure comedy, co-produced by Taihe Entertainment (India) and Shinework Pictures (China). It’s the first Indian-Chinese co-produced film with the hope that it sets the trend for future projects together for these two countries.
Hong Kong star Eric Tsang (Infernal Affairs) also makes a relatively brief but equality important appearance. (Eric Tsang also featured in Jackie Chan’s SkipTrace, Accidental Spy, the Lucky Stars series, and the infamous Armour of God… )
What’s it about?
Jack (Jackie Chan), a renowned professor of archeology at the Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xi’an, teams up with beautiful Indian professor Ashmita and assistant Kyra to locate India’s lost Magadha treasure in Tibet. Jack’s assistants Xiaoguang (Zhang Yixing) and Nuomin (Miya Muqi) accompany them.
They are later joined by Jones Lee (Aarif Rahman), whose father was Jack’s old friend. Using various new clues and GPS, the group locates the lost Magadha army that had escorted the treasure in ancient times, buried in an ice cave that has been hidden for centuries.
They are suddenly ambushed by Randall (Sonu Sood), a descendent of a rebel army leader who claims a right to the royal treasure.Full Plot Here
Is it any good? If you want action look no further..
Whilst Jackie Chan’s previous film ‘RailRoad Tigers‘, had a pretty strong plot but very little action, Kung Fu Yoga is the polar opposite.
In Kung Fu Yoga we are blessed with action galore. From quick slapstick comedic fights all the way to over the top car chases. Jackie proves that event at 62 he’s still got the moves!
The early one on one challenge against Aarif Rahman whilst brief was well choreographed and a great early glimpse at what the rest of the film was going to delivery. Yes , it was a little disappointing to see so much wire-work and what appeared to be sped up frames, but factoring in age, it’s perfectly understandable.
The highlight for me had to be the fight in the ice cave. This was Jackie at his best , using the environment to his advantage whilst still mixing in well staged comedy.
Aarif Rahman also does a good job during the action scenes (again with the help of some wires… :-( ) , whilst the rest of the cast have their moments it’s clear from the offset that this is Jackie’s show.
But poor story, acting and awful CGI almost ruin it
Whilst Kung Fu Yoga definitely delivers in the action department, It’s severely let down by painfully poor CGI wolves, Hyenas and a car sick Lion ! Senseless dialogue, a story that feels rushed at every turn and ‘comedy’ that feels forced.
I really could go on and on about all the bad things in this movie yet I still found myself smiling at the end of it all.
The final stand off is a bit of a anti-climax, but do stay for the Bollywood dance finale which is a very nice touch.
Sadly there is no traditional Jackie Chan blooper reel this time.
You watch a Jackie Chan film for the stunts, and the fight scenes. With that in mind just completely forget the silly pointless story and wooden acting and enjoy watching Jackie doing what he does best. The action truly does mask over a pretty poor film and so it should! I came for the action and got way more than I bargained for.
Where can I watch it?
‘Kung Fu Yoga will have a limited cinema run on January 27th and February 3rd.
Director: Stanley Tong