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Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

Plot

Years before the events of the first film, Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), heir of the peacock clan that ruled Gongmen City in ancient China, sought to harness the power of fireworks as a weapon with which to rule the entire country. When he learned from the court’s goat soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh) that “a warrior of black-and-white” would one day defeat him, Shen assumed she was referring to a panda and exterminated much of the panda population to avert the prophecy. Shen’s parents were horrified at this atrocity and exiled Shen, who swore revenge.

Thirty years later, Po (Jack Black) is living his dream as the Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, the Furious Five, but is told by Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) that he has yet to achieve inner peace. While fighting off a pack of wolf bandits who have been stealing refined metal for Lord Shen, Po is distracted by a symbol on the head wolf’s (Danny McBride) armor, which causes Po to have a flashback of his mother and allows the wolves to escape. Po asks his goose father, Mr. Ping (James Hong), where he came from, but all Ping can tell him is that he found Po as an infant in a radish crate and adopted him.

Afterwards, Shifu receives word that Master Thundering Rhino (Victor Garber), the leader of the kung fu council protecting Gongmen City, has been killed by Shen with his newly developed weapon, a cannon, with which he intends to destroy kung fu tradition and conquer China. Po and the Furious Five go to stop him, reaching Gongmen City to find it under the control of Shen’s forces. The heroes find two imprisoned council members, Masters Storming Ox (Dennis Haysbert) and Croc (Jean-Claude Van Damme), and ask their help to liberate the city, but both masters cite their helplessness against Shen’s weapon and refuse to help. Po and the Five are then discovered by the wolf leader, whom they chase to prevent him from alerting Shen, only to be captured by Shen’s army.

Upon being brought before Shen in his tower, Po and the Five free themselves and destroy Shen’s cannon. However, Po is again distracted by a flashback upon seeing the same symbol as before on Shen’s plumage, allowing Shen to escape and destroy the tower with an arsenal of cannons. After Po and the Five escape, Tigress (Angelina Jolie) confronts Po over his distraction. Po explains that he remembers Shen’s presence on the night he was separated from his parents, and wants to question Shen about his past. Though empathetic, Tigress tells Po to stay behind for his own safety.

Regardless, Po breaks into Shen’s cannon factory to confront him, inadvertently foiling the Five’s attempts to destroy the factory. Shen claims that Po’s parents never loved him before he blasts Po out of the factory and captures the Five. Po is rescued by Shen’s soothsayer, who has been exiled by Shen to the ruined village where Po was born. Guided by the soothsayer to embrace his past, Po remembers that when he was young, his parents had sacrificed themselves to save him from Shen’s forces, his mother hiding him in a radish crate before being subdued. Po thus attains inner peace, realizing that he had lived a happy and fulfilling life independent of this tragedy.

Po returns to Gongmen City to save the captive Five and prevent Shen’s conquest of China. During the ensuing battle (in which Ox and Croc participate after being persuaded by Shifu), Po uses his inner peace to trigger a kung fu technique that allows him to redirect Shen’s cannon fire against his own armada, destroying it. Po then urges Shen to let go of his own past, telling him that all that matters is what he chooses to be now, but Shen, still not letting himself believe his parents loved him, refuses and attacks Po until he inadvertently slashes the ropes holding up his last cannon, which begins to fall. Shen notices this, but, realizing that the Soothsayer’s prediction came true and that there was nothing left to hold onto, accepts his death. Victorious, Po returns to the Valley of Peace and reunites with Mr. Ping, lovingly declaring him to be his father. At the same time, Po’s biological father (Fred Tatasciore) is shown to be living in a far-off, hidden village inhabited by surviving pandas, and senses that his son is alive as the film ends.

Director:

Jennifer Yuh

Writers:

Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger

Stars:

Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan

 

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site |

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2011 (Indonesia)


Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,835,000 (USA) (29 May 2011) (3925 Screens)

Gross:

$165,230,261 (USA) (25 September 2011)


Company Credits

Production Co:

DreamWorks Animation


Technical Specs

Runtime:

91 min

Sound Mix:

SDDS  | DTS  | Dolby Digital (Dolby Surround 7.1)

Did You Know?

The character Shen was originally created as a devious mayor for the first movie, but was written out before production.

According to the director Jennifer Yuh, Shen proved to be a great challenge to animate, so much that the complexity of the character was like that of doing six characters all at once.

The character of Master Croc is voiced by Jean-Claude Van Damme. Late in the movie Master Croc leaps onto the boat and lands in a wide split position – a characteristic Van-Damme move.

As of September 2011, this is the biggest box office success for a film with a female director (Jennifer Yuh).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman did an uncredited polish on the script. Previously, he had noted in an interview that he saw the original with his daughter, and was impressed by the film.

SOURCE : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1302011/

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