The official synopsis of CW’s gender-swapped ‘Kung Fu’ nowhere reminds us of the 70s martial arts classic. Moreover, it sounds like Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman Begins’.
The official synopsis of the ‘Kung Fu’ reboot on CW sounds like Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman Begins’. Fans of the David Carradine classic ‘Kung Fu’ are already disappointed, even before the premiere. Olivia Liang is selected to play the new lead in the gender-swapped reboot. Will she be able to please the fans of the cult-classic drama?
- The official synopsis of the female-led ‘Kung Fu’ drama
- ‘Kung Fu’ ditches the original series and sounds more like ‘Batman Begins’!
- Release date updates of ‘Kung Fu’ reboot
The official synopsis of the female-led ‘Kung Fu’
The official synopsis of the ‘Kung Fu’ reboot reads, “A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman, Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang), to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. Then she returns to San Francisco. She finds her hometown is in the grip of crime and corruption, and her parents (Tzi Ma and Kheng Hua Tan) are at the mercy of a powerful Triad. Nicky will rely on her tech-savvy sister (Shannon Dang), pre-med brother (Jon Prasida), assistant district attorney and ex-boyfriend (Gavin Stenhouse), and new love interest (Eddie Liu). Her martial arts skills and Shaolin values will also protect her community and bring criminals to justice. All this while, she will be searching for the ruthless assassin (Gwendoline Yeo) who killed her Shaolin mentor. The enemy is now targeting her”.
‘Kung Fu’ ditches the original series and sounds more like ‘Batman Begins’
Doesn’t it reminds you of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman Begins’ instead of the David Carradine classic ‘Kung Fu’ In ‘Batman Begins’, Bruce’s parents get murdered in front of him. Following the trial of his parents’ murderer, Bruce decides to abandon his life and home in Gotham to explore what it is like to have nothing.
Bruce spends many years travelling the world, training in combat, and immersing himself in the criminal underworld. In a Bhutan prison, he meets Henri Ducard, who recruits him to the League of Shadows led by Ra’s al Ghul. After completing his training in ninja methods and purging his fears, Bruce learns that the League intends to destroy Gotham, believing the city is beyond saving.
He eventually returns to Gotham and takes the identity of Batman to fight the corruption that has infected the city and bring criminals to justice. While protecting the city, he uncovers a sinister plot to destroy Gotham from his former mentor. Not only that, but he also discovers that the murder of his parents was born out of Ra’s al Ghul’s previous plans to destroy the city.
Not only does this ‘Kung Fu’ series sound like ‘Batman Begins’, but it’s a massive departure from the original show. In the 70s original series ‘Kung Fu’, David Carradine plays Kwai Chang Caine, the orphaned son of an American man and Chinese woman in 19th century China. He becomes a Shaolin monk by training as a priest and martial arts experts after the death of his maternal grandfather.
The emperor’s nephew kills his mentor. So, he retaliates and slays the nephew. He flees to America to escape retaliation and to search for his brother to settle down in this new land. In his travels in the wild west, he continually runs into trouble when bounty hunters pursue the price on his head. Against this, he has the skill of ‘Kung Fu’ martial arts, which proves to be devastatingly effective in this gun-dominated land.
Release date updates of the ‘Kung Fu’ reboot
‘Kung Fu’ was supposed to be part of CW’s midseason segment and would have premiered in late spring 2021. But, due to the coronavirus lockdown, productions all over the world faced shutdown. The entertainment world is facing an unprecedented crisis. We can expect ‘Kung Fu’ to air on CW in the fall segment, that is, in October 2021.
Are you also disappointed with the fact that ‘Kung Fu’ reboot is more like ‘Batman Begins’ than like the original David Carradine’s ‘Kung Fu’? Share your thoughts on the reboot of ‘Kung Fu’ in the comments box below.