Each week FILMCLUB’s experts in film pick a selection of their favourite cinema releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.
Kung Fu Panda 2
FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 7+
Running Time: 90 mins
Year Produced: 2011
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Cast: Jack Black (voice), Angelina Jolie (voice), Gary Oldman (voice), Seth Rogan (voice), Jean-Claude Van Damme (voice), Jackie Chan (voice), Dustin Hoffman (voice), Victor Garber (voice)
Prepare for more goofy laughs and fast-paced action as that irreverent panda Po and his fellow martial arts masters, the Furious Five, return in this animated sequel.
This time, it’s not only the Valley of Peace that’s threatened, but the entire future of kung fu itself, when a formidable villain, emperor peacock Lord Shen, emerges to take over ancient China and wipe out the martial art using a secret weapon more powerful than anything that’s existed before. A
ssisted by a new group of fighting maestros, including Master Thundering Rhino and Master Croc, Po and his pals race to defeat Shen’s evil plan.
However, Shen proves trickier than anyone anticipated, forcing Po to confront his own mysterious past to unlock his full potential.
Fascinating Facts: Production team members visited China for inspiration, drawing on every aspect of the country’s culture, from its art and architecture to its food, to make the film’s visual details look and feel authentic. The fluid fighting style of the film’s villain, Lord Shen, was influenced by the rhythmic gymnastics featured in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Related Films: Kung Fu Panda, The Forbidden Kingdom, Shaolin Soccer, The Karate Kidd (original), The Iron Monkey
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