Jackie Chan’s Kung Fu Yoga dominates foreign box office

The film appears to have gone down well enough in China, but Indian critics have been noticeably hostile. It has come under a barrage of criticism in India for perpetuating outdated and offensive stereotypes.

Jackie Chan’s Kung Fu Yoga dominates foreign box office

The Jackie Chan-Sonu Sood starrer Kung Fu Yoga may have done poor business at the Indian box office but the movie dominated the foreign box office, racking up $51.4 million.

The action-comedy represents the union of two of the largest film markets — China and India. It was backed by companies in both countries and has resonated with audiences in both places, grossing $177.9 million globally.

The film centres on an archaeology professor who goes off in search of a lost treasure in Tibet. The film, which reunites Chan with his

Rumble in the Bronx director Stanley Tong, was planned in part to “marry … the film traditions of China and India”.

However, its cross-cultural ambitions were dented when the Indian element of Kung Fu Yoga’s backers, Viacom18, pulled out in 2015 amid rumours “it wasn’t getting enough say in how [the film] was being made”.

A number of Indian critics pointed out a bizarre interpolation of what sounds like Chinese government propaganda into the film’s dialogue, when Chan’s character is asked by an official to “help the Belt and Road initiative”, a wide-ranging pan-Asian economic plan inspired by the Silk Road, which aims to consolidate China’s regional dominance.

The film appears to have gone down well enough in China, but Indian critics have been noticeably hostile. It has come under a barrage of criticism in India for perpetuating outdated and offensive stereotypes.