Kung Fu Yoga, a 2017 action-adventure comedy film written and directed by Stanley Tong, is a Chinese-Indian co-production of Taihe Entertainment (China) and Shinework Pictures (China). Recorded in English, Hindi and Mandarin, Kung Fu Yoga released today in India, on February 3, 2017. The original music of the film has been composed by Nathan Wang and additional music composed by Komail and Shivaan.
The film revolves around Chinese archaeology professor Jack (Jackie Chan), who teams up with a beautiful Indian professor Ashmita and assistant Kyra on a grand quest to locate a lost ancient Magadha (in India) treasure.
While on the quest for the treasure, the team led by Jack reaches a Tibetan ice cave where they find the remains of the royal army that had vanished along with the treasure. Here, they are ambushed by a group of mercenaries led by another contender Randall (Sonu Sood), the descendent of the rebel army leader. The gang of mercenaries include dozen kurta-clad white men and computer-animated zoo animals; flashing their sleek cars coupled with a healthy dose of inherent greed.
The mercenaries leave Jack and his team for dead. Jack leads his team on a race to locate the treasure around the world with the help of his vast knowledge of history and kung fu. They manage to beat the mercenaries to the treasure and save an ancient culture.
Kung Fu Yoga is packed with adventure and takes you on a voyage that extends from a Tibetan ice cave to Dubai to a mountain temple in India.
The film begins very abruptly and you are left wondering if you have missed a part of it. Too much information is unloaded in the first ten minutes of the film, catching the audience unawares and confusing them as a result.
The film does drag more often than not in spite of the breakneck speed of the voyage of the two teams hunting the treasure. A dialogue from Sonu Sood, playing the character of Randall, saying “Don’t bore me…” in response to Jack’s speech on morality can be taken as a short crisp review of the movie. The two protagonists Jackie Chan and Ashmita lack the on-screen chemistry, and the scenes between them can be best described as awkward.
Last but not the least, India may have come a long way in the field of development, but to the director Stanley Tong it still remains a land of elephants, princesses clad in jewels, temples and snake charmers!
Jackie Chan is surely not in his element in this film. Yes, his charm is visible but the only mentionable, quick repartee is an interaction between Chan and a lion, which will make the audience giggle. Sonu Sood could have acted meaner to suit the role of Randall.
Well, go watch Kung Fu Yoga only if you have nothing better to do this weekend.
Rating: ** (2 Stars)