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Friday, July 4, 2008

Everybody loves kung fu fighting!

My husband and I once took our daughter to a movie and as usual...she gets to choose. So she decided that it should be "Kung Fu Panda" and so "Kung Fu Panda" it was. I have always been fond of animated comedy films so to watch one featuring the voices of Jack Black (Po), Dustin Hoffman (Shifu) and the Furious Five -- Angelina Jolie (TigressAngelina Jolie), David Cross (Crane), Seth Rogen (Mantis), Lucy Liu (Viper) and Jackie Chan (Monkey) was something to look forward to.
No doubt the movie was hilariously entaining! The dialogues and actions did nothing but tickled us throughout our entire viewing. Take one look at Po, the protagonist, and one's heart will go to this oversized, clumsy but humbly innocent panda. Po spends his mundane days faithfully helping his father, who happens to be a goose (see if you can find the resemblence), to sell noodles. At night, Po only dreams of becoming a warrior and saving people from the evils. Well, to cut the story short, underneath his heavy flesh and fur, the lumbering Po was destined to be the "choosen one"- for he is the long awaited Dragon Warrior- the one who is trusted to fight destruction and restore peace. The moment he is choosen, it strikes Po that his dreams are nothing close to the real world. When it comes to kung fu...he is plain hopeless. But thanks to the help of the Furious Five and the wise Shifu, Po manages to transform his greatest weakness into his greatest strength. It is Po who takes the perilious journey to defeat the perennial fearless and malevolent snow leopard Tai Lung (Ian McShane ) and brings peace to all. By doing so Po fulfills his destiny as the one the people prophesied to be a hero.
Having said all that, why don't you check it out yourself? You may not find it in the cinemas anymore but the DVDs are surely available in DVD stores. I'm sure you too are going to love it. Not only that the movie contains elements of spontaneous humour, several didactic elements are also made stricking for our young viewers to bear in mind. There are also philosophical quotations worthy of contemplation such as one remarked by the great Master Shifu: "yesterday is history...tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift...that's why they call it present":) The lovable Po teaches us to be persistent, perseverant, patient, faithful, grateful, confident and responsible. He also reminds my daughter of my husband who, from certain angles, resembles Po's physical shape! Thumbs up for this 'bear'y interesting movie...

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