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Starring: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, Ronny Chieng
OUR RATING: ★★★½
MCU’s fantasy action adventure superhero co-written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) follows Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.
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Li: [in Mandarin] The legend of the ten rings has been told for thousands of years. Every generation, the story grows. But at its center there is always one man. Some say he found the rings in a crater or stole them from a tomb. They gave him the strength of a god, and the gift of eternal life. He could have used them for good. But all he wanted was power.
Li: [in Mandarin] He called his army The Ten Rings. Over the centuries, they spread into every corner of the world. They moved in the shadows. Toppled governments. And changed the course of history. He chased money and power for a thousand years. But he still wanted more.
Li: [in Mandarin] He had nothing left on Earth to conquer. That’s when he came for my home.
Li: [in Mandarin, after she stops Wenwu from entering the magical forest] That was the first time I met your father. He was the last person I thought I’d fall for. But love had other plans.
Li: [in Mandarin, to young Shang-Chi, referring to the pendant] I want you to have this. Whenever you feel lost, this will help you find your way home.
Katy: [moviequotesandmore.com] I’m the Asian Jeff Gordon.
Shang-Chi: I don’t know who that is.
Katy: Most career wins in all of NASCAR history?
Shang-Chi: [telling the story of how they first met] And right before he was about to throw the first punch, Katy comes out of nowhere, steps right between us, and starts screaming the lyrics to Hotel California.
Katy: It’s the art of confusion. Works great on stupid people.
Shang-Chi: And that’s how we met.
Soo: Look, we’re now living in a world where at any moment half the population can just disappear. Life’s too short and too fragile. Katy, you’re a valet driver with an honors degree from Berkeley. And Shaun can speak like four languages. You’ve always been the most talented people I know. I just don’t get why you’re scared to actually use it for something serious.
Katy: You sound like my mom. You also dress like her a little bit too.
Katy: [referring to Soo] Does she think valet parking is easy?
Shang-Chi: It’s like the most challenging job ever. You need people skills, driving skills.
Katy: Soo can’t even parallel park.
Katy: [to Waipo] I’m sorry for my unacceptable job. And for staying out late last night, trying to enjoy my life. But one day, I’ll make you proud, I promise.
Ruihua: I’m proud of you, sis. Parking cars is super hard.
Katy: Thanks, bro. Maybe one day you’ll pass your driver’s test, live the dream like me.
Waipo: [in Mandarin, referring to Katy] When are you two going to get married?
Shang-Chi: [in Mandarin] Waipo, we’re just friends.
Katy: [moviequotesandmore.com] You have the wrong guy! Does he look like he can fight? Come on, bro!
[as the thug pushes Katy aside, Shan-Chi punches him]
Shang-Chi: [to a shocked Katy] You okay?
Katy: [after Shang-Chi’s knocked out the thug] Holy s**t. Who are you?
Klev: Bus driver is down. I’m not going to handle this. Every time I’ve tried to drive a bus, I get yelled at.
Katy: [after she finally stops the bus] We make a good team!
Katy: [to Shang-Chi] I’ve been by your side for half your life. I get there are things you never wanted to talk about, and I never wanted to push. But a guy with a freaking machete for an arm just chopped our bus in half, Shaun! Who the hell are you?
Shang-Chi: [moviequotesandmore.com] That’s how old I was when he sent me on my first assignment. I was willing to do anything he wanted. If he asked me to burn the world down, I would’ve asked him…
Flight Attendant: [interupts] Beef or vegetarian? We’re all out of the chicken, so I can only offer you beef or vegetarian?
Katy: Did you go through with it?
Shang-Chi: I knew that I couldn’t go back to him, so I just ran.
Shang-Chi: I should also probably mention that my name’s not technically Shaun.
Katy: What is it?
Shang-Chi: It’s Shang-Chi.
Shang-Chi: No. Shang-Chi.
Shang-Chi: S-H-A-N-G. Shang.
Katy: You changed your name from Shang to Shaun?
Katy: What is your name change logic? You’re going into hiding, and your name is Michael, you go on and change it to Mishael.
Shang-Chi: That’s not what happened.
Katy: It’s like, “Hi, my name’s Gina. I’m going to go into hiding. My new name’s Gyna.”
Jon Jon: [to Shang-Chi] Dude, I saw you fight five assassins, and a giant Romanian with a razor for an arm, on a moving bus. This is just one guy. Just do it. Then we all get paid, and then I’ll help you find whoever you’re looking for.
Katy: What happened to your shirt?
Katy: [moviequotesandmore.com] You’re like such a bada**. Everything that you do is like so cool. That was really cool.
Xialing: I like your pants.
Xialing: [to Katy and Shang-Chi] You know what he said to me when he left? “I’ll be back in three days.” And after three days, I went to our mom’s shrine and waited. Three days turned into a week. A week turned to a month. And a month turned to six years. That’s how long it took me to realize I didn’t need him any more. I built this place on my own. I didn’t need you then, and I don’t need you now.
Xu Wenwu: [to Shang-Chi] I told my men they wouldn’t be able to to kill you if they tried. Glad I was right.
Katy: I’ve seen some really scary stuff this week, but your dad’s on like a whole another level. Is he going to kill us?
Xialing: Just nod. Don’t talk. He’ll forget you’re there. That’s how I survived.
Katy: [moviequotesandmore.com] You started an underground fight ring in Macao when you were sixteen years-old?
Xialing: If my dad won’t let me into his empire, I’m going to build my own.
Katy: Hell, yeah.
'Lead with your breath. Look into your heart, the light and the dark. To know yourself, you must face them both.' - Li (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) Click To Tweet