Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend
of the Ten Rings
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDestin Daniel Cretton
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Dave Callaham
  • Destin Daniel Cretton
Based onMarvel Comics
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyWilliam Pope
Edited by
Music byJoel P. West
Production
company
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • August 16, 2021 (2021-08-16) (Los Angeles)
  • September 3, 2021 (2021-09-03) (United States)
Running time
132 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$150–200 million[2][3]
Box office$404.1 million[4][5]

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a 2021 American superhero film based on Marvel Comics featuring the character Shang-Chi. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the 25th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, from a screenplay he wrote with Dave Callaham and Andrew Lanham, and stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi alongside Awkwafina, Meng'er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh, Ben Kingsley, and Tony Leung. In the film, Shang-Chi is forced to confront his past when his father Wenwu (Leung), the leader of the Ten Rings organization, draws Shang-Chi and his sister Xialing (Zhang) into a search for a mythical village.

A film based on Shang-Chi entered development in 2001, but work did not begin in earnest until December 2018 when Callaham was hired. Cretton joined in March 2019, with the project fast-tracked as Marvel's first film with an Asian lead. The film's title and primary cast were announced that July, revealing the film's connection to the Ten Rings organization, which previously appeared throughout the MCU, and its leader Wenwu. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the first Marvel Studios film with an Asian director and a predominantly Asian cast. Filming began in Sydney in February 2020 but was put on hold in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed in August before completing in October, with additional shooting occurring in San Francisco.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings premiered in Los Angeles on August 16, 2021, and was released in the United States on September 3, as part of Phase Four of the MCU. It has grossed $404 million worldwide, making it the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2021. The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised the choreography of the action sequences, exploration and representation of Asian culture, and the performances from the cast, particularly Liu and Leung.

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