Po meets Li, and it is the return of Kai
Kung Fu Panda 3 is a lesson in the special bond a father and his son has, as well as how to fight a demonic warrior out to destroy all that the panda, Po holds dear. Produced by DreamWorks Animation and starring household names such as Jack Black, JK Simmons, Kate Hudson and Dustin Hoffman, the animated film aims to be a crowd-pleaser with its musical backgrounds, breathtaking mountainous landscapes and engaging spirit world.
In the movie, the evil bull spirit, Kai, wields deadly blades as he battles the dumpling-loving Po, under the guidance of his minuscule mentor, Master Shifu. Along the way, Po meets a temptress, too – a seductive panda, who likes to dance with ribbons.
What I loved about the film was the panda-love adding emotional gravity to all of the butt-kicking: when Po learns of his biological father, Li, he goes to enormous lengths to discover his panda-self, while still having space in his heart for the noodle-hunting goose Mr Ping, Po’s adoptive father. Li takes Po to a hidden panda village, as he begins his training to fight Kai. He learns important ideas about life as he prepares to fight the return of Kai from the spirit kingdom. The film is worth watching for its dazzling storyline and background designs dabbling in vibrant colours, that sometimes even gets mysteriously attractive when it’s about the spirit kingdom.