Fala Chen On Family, Tradition, And Representation In Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings [Exclusive Interview]


Ying Li (Fala Chen) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Family is a huge theme in this weekend’s offering from Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings. While some franchises have taken this theme and practically turned it into a comedy, Shang-Chi uses it very well. For example, how far is acceptable for one to fight for your family? Is there ever a gray area or just black and white decisions despite the possibility of losing a loved one?

Something I really enjoyed about the film was the balance that Shang-Chi’s mother and father provided for him. Even though they stood at opposite ends of things, there was still a lot of love and respect for each other between him and his father. At different times in the film, you could see where he would sometimes channel one or the other and eventually, both.

(L-R): Wenwu (Tony Leung) and Ying Li (Fala Chen) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Here is a synopsis for Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.

The film also stars Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, with Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan, and Tony Leung as Xu Wenwu, Shang-Chi’s father; as well as Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Yuen Wah, Ronny Chieng, Zach Cherry, and Dallas Liu.


“Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Produced by Kevin Feige and Jonathan Schwartz, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Charles Newirth serving as executive producers. Dave Callaham & Destin Daniel Cretton & Andrew Lanham wrote the screenplay for the film and the screen story is by Dave Callaham & Destin Daniel Cretton. The film opens in theaters on September 3, 2021.

(L-R): Actress Fala Chen and Shang-Chi (Jayden Tianyi Zhang) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021.

With the release of the film this weekend, LRM Online’s Emmanuel Gomez spoke with Fala Chen. In Shang-Chi, she plays the role of Leiko Wu who is the mother of the title character. During our conversation, we talk about how her character and Tony Leung’s character Wenwu really set the tone for the film in the beginning. We also conversate about the details that really make this film shine as a form of Asian representation. You can check out the full interview down below!

Marvel Studio’s Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings will be shown exclusively in theaters starting on September 3rd, 2021.

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