Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 3rd, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: China / India, 2017
Director: Stanley Tong
Writer: Stanley Tong
Cast: Jackie Chan, Disha Patani, Amyra Dastur, Aarif Rahman, Miya Muqi, Sonu Sood, Paul Philip Clark, Yixing Zhang, Yuxian Shang, Jiang Wen, Agust Bjarnason, Eric Tsang, Guoli Zhang, Lavlin Thadani
BluRay released: August 8th, 2017
Approximate running time: 108 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Headphone 5.1 Mandarin, DTS-HD 5.1 Mandarin, Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin, DTS-HD 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A / Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Kung Fu Yoga was written and directed by Stanley Tong who has previous collaborations with Jackie Chan include, Police Story 3: Supercop, Rumble in the Bronx, Police Story 4: First Strike and The Myth. A key collaborator on Kung Fu Yoga is cinematographer Wing-Hang Wong who is most known for his collaborations with John Woo, most notably, The Killer and Hard Boiled.
Thematically Kung Fu Yoga has many similarities to Jackie Chan’s previous collaboration with Stanley Tong, The Myth. In both films Jackie Chan portrays an archaeologist and Indian culture is featured in both films (With it playing a much larger role in Kung Fu Yoga).
Besides these connections, this film also bears many of the elements that have since become synonymous with Jackie Chan’s films. And nowhere is more evident, than when it comes to the way in-which this film uses humor. Also when compared to Jackie Chan’s more recent films, this film use of humor far exceeds the majority of his film’s that he has made since the 1990’s.
The film’s narrative is well constructed and pacing is never an issue as action set-pieces are well balanced with the more dramatic moments. Though the characters are cut from the all too familiar good verses evil mold. This proves not to be problem, since it is the cast’s enthusiastic performances that drive the story at hand.
With this film’s anchor being Jackie Chan’s performance in the role of Jack and he delivers a pitch perfect performance that does not miss a beat. With his standout moment being a scene where he steals a car and in the backseat in a lion named Little Jackie. Other notable performances inlcude, Disha Patani in the role of Ashmita, the Indian professer who enlists the services of Jack, Miya Muqi in the role of Jack’s assataint named Nuomin and Sonu Sood in the role of Randall, the leader of a rebel army who is determined that the lost treasure of Magadha belongs to him.
As mentioned before one of this film’s strengths are its action set pieces and standout moments include, a scene in an ice covered cave where Randall’s men’s capture and leave for dead Jack and his crew. And a scene where a car chase ensues after Randall’s men have stolen back a priceless artifact and during this madcap chase the character named Jack discovers that there is a lion in the backseat of his car.
Kung Fu Yoga comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. There are no issues with compression, black levels look solid throughout, colors look accurate and details look crisp.
This release comes with five audio options, a DTS-HD Headphone 5.1 mix in Mandarin, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Mandarin, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Mandarin, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. All of the audio mixes sound, clear, balanced and robust when they need too. Range wise all of the audio mixes take full advantage of the sound spectrum, especially the 5.1 audio mixes. Included with this release are removable English and Chinese subtitles. It should be noted that the Mandarin audio tracks have cast members who speak in English.
Extras for this release include, a slip cover, a trailer for the film (1 minute 39 seconds), six featurettes – Best of Both Worlds (3 minutes 41 seconds), The Dynamic Duo (2 minutes 43 seconds), Jackie Chan Featurette (2 minutes 37 seconds), Bloopers (3 minutes 23 seconds), Bollywood Dance Featurette (3 minutes 16 seconds) and The Making of (21 minutes 46 seconds).
The extras provide interesting background information about the film and all of the extras are in Chinese / English with English subtitles.
Other extras include trailers for This is not What I Expected, Railroad Tigers and Greater.
Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall Kung Fu Yoga gets an excellent release from Well Go USA.