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Kung Fu Panda

  • 2008
  • PG
  • 92min
  • 87%
  • 7.6 / 10

This movie is set in the fictional Valley of Peace. Po Ping strives to be like legendary Furious Five, comprised of Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper, and Crane – all trained by Master Shifu. Po works with his adoptive father, Mr. Ping the goose, in his noodle restaurant. A tournament held by Grand Master Oogway, Po accidentally crashes the event but emerges as the “Chosen One”. He eventually receives training from Master Shifu, along with the Furious Five. Far away, a former student of Master Oogway, the evil snow leopard Tai Lung, escapes from prison and returns to the valley for revenge. It is up to Po to realize his powerful kung fu fighting skills and work with the Furious Five to vanquish Tai Lung.

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Kung fu is a Chinese martial arts style that uses kicks, blocks, open and closed hand strikes in defense against attackers. Its goals are to protect against opponents and disable them quickly. There exists over 400 substyles of kung fu. There are the northern styles which focus on kicks and wide stances. Southern kung fu styles are more about the hands and narrow stances. Some other popular Chinese martial arts besides kung fu are the Baguazhang, Shuai Jiao, and Tai Chi. Kung Fu also features heavily in Chinese cinema. Notable films include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which won four Academy Awards; Drunken Master, which starred Jackie Chan; and, Kung Fu, a television series which helped mystify martial arts in America.

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Kung Fu Panda, released June 2008, is an animated film produced by DreamWorks Animation. Many well-known actors featured in the cast, including Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie and Seth Rogan. First of a movie trilogy, it was followed by two sequels, Kung Fu Panda 2 in 2011 and Kung Fu Panda 3 in 2016.