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Discussion in 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' started by MbJ, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. Mjolnir Reborn Blunt Instrument

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    It's very important whether someone actually uses facts when they post or if they are just making up things that aren't true to make their position sound better.

    It's also important to the argument since the Chinese reporter was asking the question based on the character from the comic books. No one has raised the issue after actually having seen the film.
     
  2. The Infernal Mky Mk

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    Or you're sidestepping the issue by complaining about something meaningless. Maybe it was clumsy wording on my part to say "interviews" and not interview (which is a far cry from "making up things"), the fact remains Feige chose the position that Fu Manchu is not in the film, yet Wenwu clearly has some basis in the character. This situation could have easily been avoided by just not adapting the villain.
     
  3. Mjolnir Reborn Blunt Instrument

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    It wasn't just that you said interviews, it's that you made it look like he had to do a bunch of interviews after the film had come out because people thought Wenwu was like Fu Manchu, when in reality the only time it's been brought up was in a question before the film came out and that was entirely about the comic book character. Clear misrepresentation of what's been going on.

    It's fine if you think the character is like that but you're the only one I've seen to go on about that after the film. What I've seen from Chinese fans is rather that they think the film should be released there because they feel the problematic characters from the comic book origin aren't in the film.
     
  4. The Infernal Mky Mk

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    He did recently state publicly that Fu Manchu wasn't in the film and most people here seemingly can recognise he is an amalgam of the character and Mandarin. Those are still the facts and Feige's not going to contradict himself next time he speaks on it. I also never said when the interview came out because I never checked, you inferred that.

    As far as being the only one who has acknowledged the Fu Manchu connection, I'll assume you mean the press and Chinese movie going public online and not the various posters here who have in some way agreed Wenwu shares dna with the character.

    I was reading a Daily Mail article earlier that stated that some Chinese do feel the film cannot shake off the history of the character and I made a post replying to a poster in the general discussion thread wonder why people believe he's in the film in relation to a poster complaining why the Chinese think he's in the film. I don't know personally and can only gauge the discussions and articles I see online as I can't go and check personally what they'resaying, but I find the idea that in a demographic that large you will only find Chinese movie fans who don't see a Fu Manch connection a bit suspect.
     
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    Yeah it's a little crazy how insistent people are about judging the MCU as a reflection of the comics rather than its own self-contained story.


    The important thing about Wenwu isn't that he's the "real Mandarin"...there is no real Mandarin, strictly speaking...the important thing is that he's the real leader of the Ten Rings. The Ten Rings (both the organization and the actual rings) is what's important to the MCU's narrative, not the idea of the "Mandarin".
     
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  6. The Infernal Mky Mk

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    I disagree. I think it's fine to judge any and all adaptations and how they relate to the source material. Otherwise, why have a mcu at all and not just make an original film with new characters?

    Frankly I think there being no Mandarin at this point is just rubbing salt into an old wound after Iron-man 3 and Hail to the King both dashing fans hopes and then building them up again.
     
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    Because there's no reason to throw away a bunch of ideas you own the rights to just because you don't feel like using all of them.
     
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    I am perfectly willing to see all of that as part of his character, myself.

    Some things I liked about him that are not the same topic, but do touch at points. . .

    Its not just the complicated, multi-layered relationship with his family that makes him such a compelling anti-villain. Even beyond that, he's. . . not "evil" so much as "old fashioned", which makes sense since he literally is a thousand years old. He's a ruthless warlord and ruler of men, not because of some madness or sociopathy but because that's literally the acceptable ideal of behavior for the vast majority of his life. He's sexist and patriarchal in various ways, but not out of contempt for women, but simply because that is the world he lived for the vast majority of his life. In allegorical terms, he's not "evil", in the sense of being motivated by vice or fanaticism and serving as a symbol of How Not To Live. He's instead old-fashioned, a person who might have been perfectly suited for the "old world", but who is ill-adapted to the new one, and for that deserves sympathy and understanding rather than revulsion. Hence why, for added tragedy, all his villainous deeds in the "present" story draw directly from his virtues: love of his family and a desire for justice. He sad;y pursues them in unhealthy ways, because thousand year old warlord.
     
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    This is a good take.

    I think what makes this especially sound if the film intended is that China (and by extension South Korea and Japan) still adheres to some of these old ideals like the patriarchy that still exists. Obviously Wenwu is more exteme relatively speaking but still something that can be picked up on. Really great read on your part.
     
  10. Mjolnir Reborn Blunt Instrument

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    Weird to suddenly not quote me when you responded.

    I mainly see people here disagreeing with your take on it and not seeing similarities that are problematic. As for inferring when your suggested multiple interviews took place, your post makes no sense unless you meant that it happened after the film as you were talking about the film character. He obviously can't get questions based on how the film character turned out before people have seen it.

    Obviously there can be a wide variety of takes with individuals but you seem to expect that the film will get criticism with age due to this and I don't see that unless there is a wider group of people having issues with it, which I see no signs of there being. Just as that I'm sure one can find some black people that have issues with some representation in Black Panther, but certainly no wider groups of people so it keeps being beloved.
     
  11. JB33 The Eternal Deviant

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    Why not adapt the villain though? Is it truly that offensive??
     
  12. JB33 The Eternal Deviant

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    This is really well said.
     
  13. The Infernal Mky Mk

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    There were no other posts between mine and yours. Were you not supposed to see it? Regardless it's clear you're intent on misreading my post. This conversation has run its course.

    I'm just not following your logic. They don't lose the rights to the Marvel characters like in the timed Sony or Fox deals, so I don't see the point in making in name only adaptations just because they can. There's no obligation and fans don't need to blindly accept everything they produce.

    Pretty much. He's generally been seen as a racist caricature and has a long history in Hollywood adaptations of being portrayed by white men in makeup to look asian.
     
  14. JB33 The Eternal Deviant

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    I would say you and anyone else who is truly bothered by it would be the minority.
     
  15. The Infernal Mky Mk

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    I don't know tbh.
     
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    On an unrelated note: I love that Tony Leung’s favorite Marvel superheroes are Iron Man and Deadpool.
     
  17. Mjolnir Reborn Blunt Instrument

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    You were the one that made things up to make your point sound better (and didn't own up to it) and now that's my fault? Not the best sense of accountability.
     
  18. The Infernal Mky Mk

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    Cling to your strawman. :loco:
     
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    It's not "because they can", it's because they want to. There are no "rules" as to what percentage of ideas they should take from one story they own and use in another story they own. It's all just based on their subjective whims. You may not like it, but that's no less subjective.
     
  20. metaphysician Not a Side-Kick

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    On the matter of Fu Manchu. . . okay, I would argue that the reason we still talk about him and not 99% of the other Yellow Peril villains, is because unlike the rest he actually has a nugget of good concept underneath. Within the context of his original fictional material, he's an incarnation of the genre that tries to take the concept seriously ( unintentionally or not ), rather than just being a strawman to show how twisted and dastardly Chinese people are. He's competent, he has an understandable motivation, and while you technically don't want to see his ( ruthless and horrible ) plans succeed, you kind of do want to see more *of him*, because he's interesting, moreso than the heroes of the stories. Which is why there are a fair number of characters created with the premise "Okay, what if we take Fu Manchu, and strip out the Yellow Peril imagery baggage even more so that its just the good stuff?"
     
  21. Mellie Registered

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    Tony Leung is great. Makes me want to start watching his other movies.
     
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    If you ever want any recommendations, I can throw some pointers.
     
  23. Mellie Registered

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    Sure! I'm open to suggestions.
     
  24. Another_Fool Registered

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    I'd recommend these two right off the bat:
    Hero
    Infernal Affairs

    However if you've seen those then:
    In the Mood For Love
    Chungking Express
    Hard Boiled
    Red Cliff (Extended Edition which is over 4 hours)

    I think these should be good starters.
     
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    Awesome! Thanks for those. Interesting, a 4 hour movie, huh lol. I've only seen Hero, but that was so long ago I don't remember it. Didn't realize he was in that. I was also recommended Flashpoint. Lots of movies to watch!
     
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