Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a 2021 American superhero film starring Shang-Chi, based on Marvel Comics. It is the 25th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (MCU). Destin Daniel Cretton directs the film, which is based on a narrative by Cretton and Callaham and a screenplay he co-wrote with Dave Callaham and Andrew Lanham. Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh, Ben Kingsley, and Tony Leung feature alongside Simu Liu as Shang-Chi. After being dragged into his father’s Ten Rings organization, Shang-Chi is forced to confront his history in the film.
As part of Phase Four of the MCU, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings premiered in Los Angeles on August 16, 2021, and was distributed in the United States on September 3, 2021. The picture shattered a slew of box office records, grossing more than $162 million worldwide. Critics praised the choreography of the action sequences, as well as the research and representation of Asian culture and the performances of the performers, especially Liu and Leung.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings had its international premiere on August 16, 2021, at the El Capitan Theatre and TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, followed by a screening at CinemaCon on August 25, 2021. The picture debuted in international markets on September 1, and at the end of its first weekend, it had been released in 66 percent of those markets. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings were published in Australia on September 2, with a planned release date of September 16 in New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory due to the country’s COVID-19-related lockdown. On September 3, it was distributed in approximately 4,200 cinemas across the United States, including 400 IMAX, 850 premium big format, and 1,575 regular theaters.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings were originally set to be released on February 12, 2021, the first day of the Chinese New Year, but owing to the COVID-19 epidemic, it was pushed back to May 7, and then to July 9. After Black Widow’s release date was pushed back to July 9, 2021, the picture was rescheduled for September 2021. A Chinese official media report in May 2021 left Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, as well as Eternals, off their list of planned MCU films, which Variety reported “added to rumors” that the movie would not be released in China.
Xu Wenwu discovers the ten rings, mythical weapons that offer their possessor immortality and almighty powers, thousands of years ago. Wenwu founds the Ten Rings organization, which goes on to conquer kingdoms and overthrow governments throughout history. In 1996, Wenwu sets out to find Ta Lo, a village rumored to be home to mythical monsters, in order to increase his might. He goes through a deep forest to the village entrance, but village warden Ying Li prevents him from entering. The two falls in love, but Wenwu is rejected by the locals, so Li joins him.
Shang-Chi and Xialing are their two children. Wenwu abandons the Ten Rings in order to spend more time with his family. Wenwu’s antagonists, the Iron Gang, assassinate Li when Shang-Chi is seven years old. Wenwu resurrects the rings to murder the Iron Gang, reclaims control of his organization, and subjects Shang-Chi to severe martial arts training. Wenwu assigns Shang-Chi the task of assassinating the Iron Gang’s leader when he is 14 years old. Shang-Chi, dejected after completing his goal, flees to San Francisco and takes the alias “Shaun.”
The Ten Rings and Wenwu arrive, and a struggle commences. Wenwu and Shang-Chi fight, with Wenwu throwing Shang-Chi into a neighboring lake as a result. Wenwu uses the rings to shatter the Gate, which, unbeknownst to him, allows many of the Dweller’s minions to flee and assault the humans. To combat the minions, the villagers and the Ten Rings join forces. The Great Protector revives Shang-Chi before leaving the lake to fight the minions. Wenwu and Shang-Chi fight again; Shang-Chi has the upper hand, but instead of striking Wenwu, chooses to spare him.
Shang-Chi is attacked by the Dweller-in-Darkness, who has escaped the weakening Gate. Before being killed by the Dweller-in-Darkness, Wenwu saves Shang-Chi and leaves him the rings. The Dweller-in-Darkness is defeated by Shang-Chi, the Great Protector, Xialing, and Katy. Shang-Chi and Katy return to San Francisco after the battle, when they are invited by Wong, the sorcerer, to join him at the Sanctum Sanctorum.
The trio meets with Bruce Banner and Carol Danvers during the mid-credits sequence and discovers that the 10 rings are sending a mystery signal. In a post-credits sequence, Xialing ascends to the position of Ten Rings chief.
Simu Liu … Shaun / Shang-Chi
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung … Xu Wenwu (as Tony Leung)
Awkwafina … Katy
Ben Kingsley … Trevor Slattery
Meng’er Zhang … Xialing
Fala Chen … Li
Michelle Yeoh … Ying Nan
Wah Yuen … Master Guang Bo (as Yuen Wah)
Florian Munteanu … Razor Fist
Andy Le … Death Dealer
Paul W. He … Chancellor Hui (as Paul He)
Jayden Zhang … Young Shang-Chi
Elodie Fong … Young Xialing
Arnold Sun … Teen Shang-Chi
Stephanie Hsu … Soo
Kunal Dudheker … John
Tsai Chin … Waipo
Jodi Long … Mrs. Chen
Dallas Liu … Ruihua
Ronny Chieng … Jon Jon
Daniel Liu … BMW Driver
Stella Ye … Yuchen
Fernando Chien … Gao Lei
Michael-Anthony Taylor … Bus Driver
Zach Cherry … Klev
Raymond Ma … Gang Leader
Thau Shen Lim … Chinese Bouncer
Kar-Yung Lau … Wenwu’s Captain (as Lau Kar Yung)
Johnny Carr … Wenwu’s Driver
Harmonie He … Teen Xiang
Lydia Sarks … Flight Attendant
John Harding … Wenwu’s Guard
Lynette Curran … Old Lady on Bus
Benjamin Wang … Gang Member
Benedict Wong … Wong
Jade Xu … Widow
Shelley Xu … Jie
Alistair Bates … Trash Truck Driver
Dee Bradley Baker … Morris (voice) (as Dee Baker)
Kelli Bailey … Pedestrian (uncredited)
Alfred K. Chow … Iron Gang Member (uncredited)
Shaun Robert Foley … Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Hannah Kim … Ta Lo Villager (uncredited)
Brie Larson … Captain Marvel (uncredited)
Christine Lee … Red Dress Girl at Bar (uncredited)
Christian Harris Neeman … Driver (uncredited)
Tim Roth … Abomination (uncredited)
Mark Ruffalo … Bruce Banner (uncredited)
Bingen Ye … Archer Warrior / Assassin (uncredited)