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After finally finding a spare moment, I decided to watch Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in cinemas. And boy, it did not disappoint one bit.

I walked out of the cinema after two hours of laughter and tears – but also major feelings of appreciation. Despite being born and raised in Australia, my mum is from China – which ties me into a beautiful culture that I often forget to appreciate. Asian representation in media has been mediocre at the best of times so Marvel Studios featuring a standalone East Asian ‘superhero’ is a very big deal. 

I was thoroughly impressed with the authentic Chinese references (my mum approved). The US x Chinese design, music and fashion was incredible. I also appreciated the subtle nod to the 1st generation Asian kids struggle (Awkwafina’s portrayal of not knowing Mandarin and being very much influenced by her US upbringing). I often feel guilty not being fluent in Mandarin or not having visited China often. It’s a constant struggle and a bit of an identity crisis so it was wholesome seeing her character becoming more comfortable with her background.

The film also includes powerful female leads (particularly Shang Chi’s sister – Xialing). It was refreshing to have Xialing take hold of her future and control her destiny despite being left to fend for herself at an early age. I felt so proud seeing this type of character on screen and really admired her strength and leadership.

I loved the integration of martial arts and Chinese folktales (the mythical creatures were so cool)! It felt so familiar and nicely weaved in. There was no dull moment and a plethora of comedy which was refreshing and made the characters feel so much more real.

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings genuinely motivates me to get in touch with my Chinese roots more often. There is so much to appreciate and learn from different cultures so I am glad that Marvel Studios has included more representation in its upcoming era. I can just imagine all the kids that will now look up to an East Asian superhero – something I wish I had at a young age but alas, better late than never and I’m so grateful to have watched this film.

I would highly recommend this film to anyone – it truly is an allrounder and will not disappoint (it deserves this hype)! Why not support your local cinema and head to the movies?

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