Remake of 1970s ‘Kung Fu’ Is ‘Part of the Solution’ to AAPI Hate

April 6th, 2021 5:23 PM

A reboot of the classic TV series Kung Fu is set to premiere tomorrow, April 7, with a heap of social justice and feminist vomit. 

A New York Times piece claimed that the reboot “rights the wrongs” from the original version of the series in 1972 (the wrongs being that the lead was a white male). This version is a newfound way to “normalize seeing” Asians and provide more woke content, according to one of the actors. Writer and producer Christina Kim, best known for Lost and Blindspot, led the series for Warner Brothers (notable a super woke organization).

According to The Times, she really wanted a “kick-ass, strong female Asian lead” to spearhead the story. In the new version, Asian actress Olivia Liang will replace previous lead (white male) David Carradine. 

The premise of the show encompasses the life of a college dropout (Liang) who travels to a Chinese monastery for martial-arts training that she later puts to use in her crime-filled hometown of San Francisco. As a modern day Mulan, the Chinese culture and idea of women empowerment fuels the woke narrative. A woman fighter who is also a minority? What more could SJW’s ask for?

The new iteration comes amid a large anti-Asian racism movement spreading the “Stop AAPI Hate” message so the timing is “really impeccable” for such current events, as Yahoo! Entertainment reported Liang’s note of importance for the show:

"We Asians need to see ourselves represented on the screens, but we need to be invited into people's homes who don't see us in their everyday life, just to humanize us, normalize seeing us, remind them that we are people just like they are and that we have a place in this world, and hopefully having our show in their homes will expand that worldview for them."

While Liang was among 150 candidates for the role and had to audition with a room full of other Asian actors, the role of the father was handed to Tzi Ma whom Kim had her heart set to cast from the beginning. He is “Hollywood’s go-to Asian dad” and, like Kim and Liang, thinks the remake of Kung Fu will “really give us the opportunity to change perceptions of how people see us.”

“Certainly, our show is not the solution, but I hope that we are a part of the solution,” Kim said in hopes that the film would further Asian representation in the industry. The Times also reflected the reimagining as a beautiful representation of both Asian culture and the original series … I wonder what the tone of the article would be if they kept the white-male lead … probably a lot less peaceful. 

“Representation, as much as it is about us being able to see ourselves onscreen, is more about being seen by other groups of people who are not Asian … The lack of representation 100 percent contributed to the horrifying things that are going on right now against Asians because we’re not a part of a lot of people’s narrative,” Liang continued, without evidence.

While the fighting in the show looks to be pretty badass, the constant shove of politics through TV entertainment shows is getting old. It looks like Liang’s character not only went to Chinese warrior training but the whole production went to social justice warrior training as well.