Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Western movie makers successfully uses Chinese elements in Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda is one of those rare movies where the movie makers successfully took the elements of a different culture and presented in a beautiful manner and this is the reason Kung Fu Panda has become a big hit in China. Panda is China’s national symbol. Kung Fu Panda tells the story of a Panda, Po, who is obese and overweight but a Kung Fu fanatic. Aside from using one of China’s national treasures, Panda, Kung Fu Panda also takes up the Buddhist philosophy of self-control. International Herald Tribune says:

Certainly the movie's themes do evoke some important Chinese elements, and not all of them as obvious as the panda. Overriding the whole story of Po and his triumph over his own bungling nature is a recognizably Buddhist sensibility, embodied by the Shaolin Monastery-like setting where spiritual enlightenment is fused with the mental discipline and mastery over the self that are prerequisites to enlightenment.

Like the USA, China also have a long history of producing animated films and cartoons but what surprises the film critics and movie makers is that why their domestic film makers could not come up with such a movie.

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