Monday, 6 June 2011

Should Chinese Boycott Kung Fu Panda 2?

Westfield London hosted the UK Kung Fu Panda 2 Premiere with  the  top stars failing to show, except Jack Black. 



ITN reports  "We found the perfect recipe for a great Kung Fu Panda 2 Premiere - a Chinese dragon and some Chinese drummers." Chinese drummers? @ 0:15 - 0:22, the drummers are all Caucasian, no 'Chinese' Kung Fu martial arts troupe were hired for the premiere, in fact there does not appear to be any Chinese at the premiere bar  the cycle rickshaw cyclist. A cycle rickshaw? How original, mislaid the matching coolie hat perchance?

Whilst Kung Fu Panda 2 in the USA is under selling the original 2008 movie, Kung Fu Panda 2  broke box office records for an international release in Mainland China last weekend. The film has courted controversy with dissenting Chinese critics and scholars voicing their criticism of Kung Fu Panda 2 as akin to a 'cultural invasion.' Hollywood is culturally appropriating, skewing Chinese symbolic icons and fables and reselling it back to the Chinese market.

Zhao Bandi, an avant garde artist, previously attempted to sue the original Kung Fu Panda (2008), is urging fans to boycott Kung Fu Panda 2 the sequel. Kong Qingdong, a language professor at Beijing University, argues Chinese elements have become advertising products to advocate American culture.

Central character 'Po Panda' is an American creation (a representation of Jack Black), in many respects resembling the typical behaviour of  a laowai in China, regurgitating the theme of a White Knight saving the helpless Chinese, but this time stealthily disguised in the form of an animated Panda.

Indeed, Kung Fu Panda (2008) arguably was an animated rehash of the 'Karate Kid' - an   American sought authentic martial arts training by an East Asian master, it used Carl Douglas 'Kung Fu Fighting' as the soundtrack, do Chinese need reminding of Simon Ledger's arrest for  racial harassment?


Cast and crew of Kung Fu Panda 2

Not content with purloining  Asian babies from Vietnam, Angelina Jolie purloins Asian roles from Asian actors too. For live action films, non-Asians (Jack Black, Angelina Jolie etc) would not be permitted to play Asian roles, yet the principle is not applied to animated films. There are ethnic representational disparities, of the 32 main characters in Kung Fu Panda 2, only 6 are voiced by Chinese actors, is this example any different from Yellowface in denying roles to Chinese actors when the animated characters are supposedly  Chinese?
Six Chinese voice overs include...

Lucy Liu - White man's favourite Chinese American doll, James Hong - best remembered for the racially stereotypical  - 'Big Trouble in Little China,' perhaps both only surpassed by Lauren Tom, ex - Joy Luck Club, if there's one defining  film that single handedly turned an entire generation of Chinese American women against Chinese American men, it would be Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club.

Kung Fu Panda 2 Crew
The 4 producers are non-Chinese, the music writers are non-Chinese, the 6 senior production managers are non-Chinese, 10 senior art department artists are non-Chinese, 19 members of the sound department are non-Chinese, the director is non-Chinese etc etc. The few Chinese associated with the making of Kung Fu Panda 2 are largely limited to visual effects.

That aside, whilst Kung Fu Panda (2008) was arguably a monstrosity manufactured from  non-Chinese spectacles for a non-Chinese audience, the sequel Kung Fu Panda 2, does at least have more of an aesthetic Chinese feel to it.

Kung Fu Panda 2 release date UK - 10 June 2011. Should Chinese boycott Kung Fu Panda 2?  Watch the Kung Fu Panda 2 Full Movie free below - and decide for yourselves.




15 comments:

  1. Its a mess. Chinese people look at hollywood as exotic, government want to control the input yet have nothing to offer cinemagoers except 'founding of a republic 10'. hk auteurs like Johnnie To have to resort to making sappy mainland romances to pass censorship and keep investors happy instead of his gutsy gangster flicks and the western world is looking to the east and wondering when they are going to take over. its a huge cultural void. but regarding this zionist pisstake, kfp2, the chinese gov should either start funding original artists like stephen chow to make similar great animation ( havent seen his animated cj7) or really pull their thumb out their arse and start creating their own stuff. you wouldve thought they would learn something from kfp1 ( 2008) but i guess they werent interested.one hk animation i know tanked at the box office - astroboy. i thought it was a great film - cult classic. but i guess they run out of funds or something. i blame the chinese government in not promoting chinese creativity enough. if it werent for jiang wen it would just be earthquake film no 345 at the imax everyday. anyway if let the bullets fly and kung fu hustle can pass the censors then they must be able to do a chinese animation....more money than sense, more red tape than sense.

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  2. Founding of a Republic 10! They have reached number 2 so far...Beginning of a Great Revival AKA Founding of a Party...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1-yuI2DOQo&feature=youtu.be&a

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  3. how many chinese people would go to chinatown's chinese new year stage show if everyone performing on stage was white and all the dragon dancers were white, very few chinese people would bother going, its the same idea with kungfu panda 2, white people trying to do a chinese kunfu show, it doesnt work.

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  4. It's a cartoon, get over yourselves.

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  5. 'its just a cartoon' its shallow nonthinking like that explains why our 'community' wont ever get anywhere. and if youre not chinese, then i take that back because i wouldnt expect any better from you

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  6. China arent as sneaky when it comes to the media, its their downfall when you have hollywood and its zionist intelligence attacking from all sides. When you see the king of exoticism Zhang Yimou making his whitey imperialist saves the day debut film starring Christian Bale, makes you wonder whether China knows what its doing

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Zz9tohZp8Q

    trailer for 'nanjing heroes'

    How quickly can you say 'Sellout' ?

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  7. Ming Revival

    True, Yi mou is a whitelicker who has been given far too much license by the Gov.

    Things are changing though, PRC is doing away with the qipao and going back to Royal Tang as the national costume - high time, to me it marks a change in thinking.

    Just as well anyway the population on the ground want to return to our traditional roots. Westernism is a dying corrupt pervert cult.

    But beware - HK film industry is being taken over by Zions - see Weinstein productions.

    No wonder more and more real Chinese are turning away from films and to other media.

    Don't talk too much about what is popular as they will latch and try to destroy our culture.

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  8. @Ming Revival - If there is a change in thinking about time. F--k the zionists. If China comes this far only to give it up all to the zionists then all i can say is that all these thousand years of struggle will be for nothing. Historically we have lost then survived, then lost then survived. But never in history were we aggressive enough. Its time to be aggressively anti imperialist. To some people that means hating white people. No it means hating white culture. People are only influenced by what they see anyway. If HK is being overtaken by zionists then i am very sad. Because after all these years of HK being independent and whatever all it will turn out is that they were a British Colony all along. I think its time they embraced their Chineseness ( acceptance of mainlanders) before its too damn late.

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  9. Ming Revival:

    Aggressive? Wrong choice of words to me. I say street smart but don't underestimate the Zion.

    After all look at Western culture isn't it all Zion ? Look at the people on TV = how many real Brits and Americans are there?

    You'll be surprised at how many of them are Zions.

    I would not also say 'survived'. You may not be familiar if you are in the West, but China has fought and beaten many nations before - Korea, Mongolia(now inner part is China), Vietnam, Tibet and even the mighty Japan - why do you think I am Ming revival - check it out.

    I don't think HKers are so easy to seduce, we are very street savvy we know who the BS artists are but still have to keep an eye on them.

    Why do you think HK movies have gone down the pan recently, Western themes, styles, actors etc?

    So much so most Chinese don't watch them at all, we prefer dramas.

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  10. china are releasing their own animated film which looks remarkably like kung fu panda 2.

    兔侠传奇Legend of A Rabbit 3-D (2011) Preview

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Lra1fp2OiLw

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  11. ^ animation looks a bit stiff and programmed but the character designs arent bad. looks more like a video game but as a first attempt not bad.Eventually they may even have some top quality production that rivals hollywood once they allow more creative people involved and less government intervention. Not sure if id be alive to see it by the time that happens, but who knows

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  12. "Zions"? Isn't that sort of "nonthinking" racism just the thing you lot are actually complaining about? Silly people.

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  13. at the above poster, do you even know what a zionist is? stop defending zionists you oriental sell out. And if you are not Chinese, then f--k off you dont belong on here. zionism is a cultural perversion. ask any jew in the know.

    Dont believe me?

    Watch and learn:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFz-glpKBfM

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  14. Boycott Kung Fu Panda?

    China's collaborating now on the third installment!

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/dreamworks-to-make-kung-fu-panda-3-in-china-8014973.html

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