Shang-Chi: Legacy of the Rings

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Family is something we all must choose.
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Original Release Date:
2021
Original Running Time:
132
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
111
Time Cut:
23
Time Added:
2
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Brief Synopsis:
A more streamlined and family focused story about Shang-Chi and his power mad father.
Intention:
In the original film, I found myself confounded by super Katy, flashbacks, trapped mother delusions, etc. I intended to refocus the story, front loading most of the flashbacks and reducing the presence of Katy and Trevor. I wanted to make Shaun's father more sane, although still clearly influenced by a thirst for power. The whole idea of 'he was evil but love made him good' seemed insulting, so instead, his quest for power is suggested as a way to combat his insecurities.

Most distracting parts are removed; the car joyride at the beginning, the air hostess, Wong vs Abomination, flashbacks, the postcard controversy, car chase in parking lot, much of Trevor, Katy being amazing, CGI monster sequence.

Wenwu was almost a joke of a villain in my opinion, going from pure evil, to family man, to delusional crazy man. Instead, he doesn't make any reference to their mother's voice, but he does hear strange whispers. He is clearly influenced to focus on the gate, but he is power driven in order to protect him and his own. That's who he has always been.

To give Xialing more presence, deleted scenes were also inserted.
Other Sources:
Additional Sound effects from https://quicksounds.com
spooky whispers by steven169 @ freesound.org
Special Thanks:
mnkykungfu
lifeincontext
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Inserted quote to set the mood.
Removed Wenwu meeting Shaun's mother in the intro sequence, as it confuses his character too soon.
Added Shaun's mother's death and him being shown how powerful and ruthless his father can be.
Removed valet scene,
Moved dinner and karaoke earlier and pared them down greatly.
Showed Shaun getting ready for work AFTER night out and then cut to him arriving at Katy's home.
Zoomed into postcard so it's easier to read.
Colour graded to make Deathdealer more prominent and recognisable.
Removed shots of Xialing training, Shaun was not aware of it.
Extended the flashback with clips from other flashback later in movie.
Removed air hostess.
Removed Wong and Abomination from fighting arena.
Removed Xialing's flashback.
Removed all references to who sent postcard.
Pared down the scaffolding scene, especially removing Katy's bad singing thing.
Removed the strange bit of tension where he has the ninja guy pinned to the floor
Removed Katy stating how 'scary' Wenwu was. There's no basis for this line from her.
Removed Wenwu's criticism's of the name' the Mandarin'.
Inserted Wenwu's first meeting with their mother immediately prior to his tale about family life. it seems to fit better there.
Removed all references to "I hear your mother's voice".
reframed Wenwu and introduced whispering voices when he mentions 'the gate'.
cut to 'water scene' earlier and carried the dialogue over to increase pacing.
reversed shot of Wenwu in the bedroom and colour graded, so I could reuse it later.
Removed the underground carpark 'chase'. it felt like needless additional action sequence and broke the pacing and structure of the movie IMO.
Trimmed Trevor's story about the monkeys. it dragged on.
removed more shots of Trevor in car.
Cut the bit with the 'horse' stopping the car and staring at Trevor.
Slightly reduced the hostility of the village upon their arrival.
Cut down Trevor announcing himself in village. Need to take attention away from him.
Removed Katy being taken to the archery area and told to start learning.
Inserted deleted scene 'Apology'.
Inserted Wenwu sitting on his bed at night time in contemplation.
Inserted some shots of the big lion things lazing on the grass, it looks like morning in that shot and it's a good establisher to suggest passage of time.
Removed Trevor teaching them football.
Introduced whispers to Wenwu scene, night before attack.
Removed Shauns flashback of his mother's death and him training as an assassin. It is all at the beginning now.
Removed Shaun saying "I'm going to kill him".
Removed Katy being told she can't fight.
Trimmed down the fight scenes a lot.
Inserted dialogue "You should've been there" at the culmination of Shaun's first fight with dad.
Added 'whispers' as Wenwu looks at gate just before he jumps.
Inserted small snippet of Shaun in the water just as a visual reminder of what the viewer should be caring about.
Removed Katy being 'allowed' to fight.
Inserted another snippet of Shaun underwater with the flashback of his mother reminding him about the dragon.
Rejigged the dragon emerging from the water so the villagers are watching the water a bit longer preparing to fight the soul eaters, to slightly increase tension.
Cut immediately from the dragon emerging, to the dragon advancing on the village taking out the soul eaters. It's meant to be badass.
During Shaun's fight with Wenwu before the gate, removed the cut back to the village, removing cowardly Trevor and just showing a wide shot of gate.
Removed villagers reactions to Dweller-in-Darkeness, this is an intimate moment between Wenwu and the thing that drew him here.
Removed Shaun's flashbacks to the moments with his dad, they all were kinda negatively loaded. Replaced them with the shots of the happy family before their mother died.
Removed Shaun colapsing the mouth of the gate. If it were that easy, they would have buried it long ago.
Cut majority of Dweller-in-Darkeness CGI fest, it is now a victory tour for Shaun after he won against his father.
Trimmed end dinner scene to remove Katy's brag about shooting the soul eater.
Inserted additional credits and edited title.
Edited 2nd end credits scene to include deleted scene "They're Waiting".
Cover art by tremault (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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User reviews

4 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.5
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.8(4)
Visual Editing
 
10.0(4)
Audio Editing
 
9.8(4)
Narrative
 
9.5(4)
Enjoyment
 
9.3(4)
(Updated: June 28, 2022)
Overall rating
 
10.0
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10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
Tremault has delivered another quality MCU edit. I am a big fan of tremault's Cpt Marvel edit where Brie Larson is almost likeable as Cpt Marvel so I knew we were in good hands with the Shangi Chi edit. All the changes made in the film I agree with and IMO make it a superior product. I particularly enjoyed the trimming andor removal of cringy Trevor moments, Abomination vs. Wong cage fight and the ending is much more focused on Shang Chi and his father relationship and less CGI festy and cringy moments. Would highly recommend as the go to version of Shang Chi and look forward to more tremault MCU edits in the future.

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Yes
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Owner's reply July 03, 2022

Thank you so much! I'm really hoping for my next one to be something unique.

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Overall rating
 
9.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
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8.0
Tremault has worked her magic again –twice in a row now- turning yet another film from the indifferent tier of the MCU into an enjoyable ride. Technically, this edit is as superb as her previous work with Captain Marvel, with the all the cuts, trims and additions as seamless as they could ever be. Narratively, and starting out from the impossible, I would never have imagined that in any multiverse Katy could ever make a tolerable character. Well, Tremault has proved me wrong! It’s not that I find Katy likeable still (or Awkwafina’s portrayal something special), but at the very least I can discern more clearly the buddy qualities that Shaun sees in her, without having to roll my eyes every now and then due to extreme cringiness. The same goes for Trevor Slattery –portrayed by the great Ben Kingsley, but written as a total buffoon- who now has a little more dignity than in the original. And here I must confess that, even though I laughed with the absurdity of the Planet of the Apes joke, trimming it off was a wise choice as it makes the character much more relatable.

Speaking of wise choices, I’ve got to applaud the fan-editor’s guts to tone down the never-ending CGI fest in the final battle. Not only the pace of the climax is improved that way, but the whole ending becomes much more personal as we mostly concentrate onto Shang-Chi’s fight against his father. And here I was thinking that I was the only one missing the subtlety of the early Marvel days, when Iron Man had only Iron Monger to face, one-on-one! Another thing that bothered me in the original was the Abomination vs. Wong cage fight. As far as I’m concerned, it was nothing more than a rotten member berry - never properly explained, nor making any sense. A super criminal like Blonsky going against the current Sorcerer Supreme in an underground fight! I’m glad that Tremault was of the same mind and so successfully got rid of it.

The usual MCU attempts at humour are also toned down, which is always fine by me. Now, if I had to nitpick, I’d say that I wouldn’t miss the karaoke scene during the mid-credits scene. I know, it’s a callback to a previous scene and that it’s the current trope in the MCU, but I don’t think that the Sorcerer Supreme, of all people, would have sung karaoke just after he had stumbled onto a possible extraterrestrial threat. Ending it on a serious note, just as he’s suggesting that they go to sleep and adjust into their new life, would have been preferable, if you ask me.

So, even though my interest in the MCU is still dwindling as we move further into the post-Endgame era, Legacy of the Rings was a far more entertaining experience than the original film and definitely my to-go version from now on.

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Owner's reply July 03, 2022

Thank you so much!!
I appreciate you mentioning the karaoke. I actually had a draft where I had removed that, but I could never find a satisfactory point to end that scene, it felt too abrupt wherever I put it. Then after it was pointed out to me how the karaoke lends some positive aspects to Shaun's life, I figured it made more sense.
I also appreciate the observations of Wong and I would actually challenge that, I feel like Wong is a good contrast against Stephen Strange, showing how a sorcerer supreme can also lead a vibrant and full life, whereas Stephen doesn't. I feel like it fits well with the general premise of multiverse of madness.

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Overall rating
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
The short of it: This replaces the theatrical version. Go, watch and enjoy!
Technically excellent. Coherent narrative. Clear character development.

There were a few moments that I missed though:
- cagefight of Wong vs Abomination. Yes it's a "WTF?" scene, but it's memorable.
- Katy's amazing arrow. Another memorable moment, and a perfect illustration of Lao Tzu's saying that opens the edit.
- Trevor playing dead on the battlefield.

The last two also would've added to the runtime of the speedy final battle. Despite missing these details, this edit wins over the theatrical with clearer focus on character development and less CGI fest.

Extra praise for tremault's openness to feedback and willingness to incorporate good points in the edit.

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Owner's reply July 03, 2022

Thank you so much! It's a shame those removals were missed by you, I do recognise that it reduces their stories and I was thinking about doing a Katy and Trevor special at some point, but this edit was meant to be pure Shang Chi and his family so it was inescapable :)

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(Updated: June 21, 2022)
Overall rating
 
9.7
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
I had the good fortune of being invited to preview this edit, and so saw the many thoughtful changes along the way to this final version. What we get here is a faster-moving action film, one that is still fun and funny but that now allows the heart of the movie to shine. I can recommend it without hesitation to anyone as a shelf-replacer.

There are a few central strengths to this edit. Firstly, most of the forced elements and cringey humor are gone. Secondly, the supporting characters no longer threaten to dominate the story and steal focus from the title character. Finally, the narrative is cleaned up and restructured so that it makes more sense and has less obvious plot holes.

I still have a few quibbles with the edit in terms of how I view a few characters and would prefer their motivations to be portrayed, and the ending feels a bit rushed and anti-climatic to me (criticisms I discussed with the editor) but these are easily outweighed by the major benefits to the story. The narrative is now shifted to firmly focus on this one, screwed-up family, and their emotional connections with each other. Xialing now seems worthy of evolving into her comic book counterpart as Shang-Chi's main antagonist, and Katy is treated with more value and less as a walking trope.

Unless someone comes along and massively reworks this into a wild, redubbed, Warriors of Zu type wuxia romp, this is likely to remain the definitive version of the film. Highly recommended for anyone with even a passing interest.

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Owner's reply June 23, 2022

Thank you so much for your help along the way! Your assistance and perspective was incredibly valuable!

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