It’s not every action star that can do their own stunts. Large productions frequently hire doubles and stand-ins for the action, and even superimpose CG heads onto other people’s bodies. But Shang-Chi, after all, must be a master of kung fu. And Simu Liu didn’t spend four months of advance training for nothing. In a new rehearsal video shared by the star on Instagram, he demonstrates his flying fists. As does his costar and onscreen sister, Meng’er Zhang. In a dry run of their big fight scene in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, they show off both speed and accuracy. And, according to Liu, “the boniest elbows on earth” for Zhang.
Take a look below:
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Liu and Zhang play, respectively, Shang-Chi and Xialing, the son and daughter of Wenwu (Tony Leung). The leader of the Ten Rings organization, Wenwu is the real mastermind whom Killian and Trevor Slattery impersonated as “The Mandarin” in Iron Man 3.
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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings grossed around $30 million Friday, and should set a Labor Day weekend box office record of around $80 million. Not bad even in non-pandemic times. Reviews have been generally positive, and Marvel already has ideas in place for sequels.
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