The Legend of Kung Fu

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44 Xingfu Da Jie, Beijing, China

The Legend of Kung Fu Beijing Reviews

spocklogic spocklog…
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A daily show in Beijing at the Red Theatre Nov 13, 2013
At the Red Theatre in Beijing there is a daily performance at 5:15 pm and 7:30 pm called "The Legend of Kung Fu". Part dance, part acrobatics and with some Kung Fu moves, it tells a touching story too. Photos are not allowed, but I took some nevertheless until I was told not to. It's a ridiculous policy because you can't really take high quality photos since it's fairly dark during the performance. Anyway, the show begins with some razzle and dazzle that is entertaining to watch and sets up the story of a young pupil who arrives at a Buddhist temple to apprentice as a monk. There is a narration that begins from here and continues throughout the play, with occasional scenes of the master and the newly arrived pupil.

The master begins by telling the young pupil the story of another boy long ago named Chun Yi (the pure one), how he goes through an initiation, studies the discipline of Zen and Kung Fu as he grows from a boy to a man under the tutelage of his wise master. The story continues in narration telling how Chun Yi is taught to resist temptations and avoid illusions in life, but has difficulty disciplining himself. He becomes full with his own ego in the powerful skills he has learned and chases a beautiful fairy created in his own mind. He shuns everyone around him and is unable to continue with the Buddhist practices, then finds himself all alone, unprepared for life's trials, suffers regret and eventually returns to the path of enlightenment for guidance and balance in his life. He focuses on becoming a man of peace and wisdom, not of aggression and desires, finally freeing himself of his ego and embarking on a life of spiritual discipline. He comes full circle in the end as his old master passes his staff to Chun Yi and be becomes the master at the monastery. The narration ends with the young pupil realizing that the story of the boy long ago which the master was telling him about was the master, Chun Yi himself. A story within a story that goes full circle on itself - very nicely done!

This story plays out in 7 acts, and there is always something going on at the stage and occasionally things happen in the aisles. There's music, fog, dancing, acrobatics, and storytelling all combining in a performance that lasts about an hour and a half. It's colorful, fast paced at times, has moments of reflection, and doesn't overdo any of these, but presents the whole play with a good balance of everything. It's not really about Kung Fu, but the deceptions and illusion in life we can fall prey to, and how a path of enlightenment and discipline can lead to greater enrichment when one finds ones true inner self, free from ego, and sees the path to true ways of being with clarity. I suppose this may be considered a touristy activity, and some may pass on it for that reason, but sometimes touristy things can have meaning too. Go and see it yourself and you will be pleasantly surprised with the story, and at the least entertained with the show.
Theatre seating
Stage display waiting for show to …
Kung Fu Show I
Kung Fu Show II
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spocklogic says:
@Chris - Exactly! : D
@Hali - Yes, I don't recall such a no-photo policy when I saw the show in 2010. My advice is just ignore it until told to stop. : )
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013
halilee says:
Hmmm, I don't remember not being able to take photos when I was there, but maybe I just ignored the policy too.. I took video and photos, lol. :) Great review though! :D
Posted on: Dec 19, 2013
reikunboy says:
This is a great review. The place doesn't look much larger than a movie theatre. The cheapest tickets would be fine wouldn't they.
Posted on: Dec 19, 2013
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wingtse wingtse
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Interesting but not what I expected Mar 21, 2011
Hi, I went to see this show as part of an organised University trip. I had no idea what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by the performance.

Upon arrival I expect the show to be in Chinese but all of the actors spoke English which I found a little disappointing. The show itself consisted of a series of dances incorporate kung fu moves which I found very entertaining.

I found this to be quite touristy but some people may enjoy this. Nonetheless, it was a very entertaining evening.

Im afraid I am not sure about the prices because my ticket was provided by the university but I assume them to be around about 20-50RMB.
Kramerdude Kramerdu…
54 reviews
Kung Fu? Try Kung Fu - The Musical May 26, 2009
Jon, Heidi, and I decided to go see what was described to us as a "Kung Fu" show. We thought it would be pretty entertaining to see some live demonstrations of Kung Fu. When we arrived at the location of the performance we realized we were in for something else entirely.

This was a theater show called "The Legend of Kung Fu". The story is of a boy who is left at a temple at a young age. He grows up, learns Kung Fu, and eventually becomes the new master of the temple. Now there is some Kung Fu, but this was more choreographed dance and acrobatics set to a Cirque de Soleil soundtrack.

That said it was mildly entertaining, just not what I was expecting or hoping to see. The performances were top class and everything was well done. So if you're in the right frame of mind going in, this will be a fun thing to go see.

Ticket price was around $20 equivalent for an upper level seat. Other seats may be a bit more expensive.
A "monk-in-training" greets us as …
Waiting for the show to start
Cast greets us after the show.
The young actors perform as we lea…
Vanessa_Mun_Yee says:
Congrats on being featured buddy!
Posted on: May 16, 2010
rajeevpareek says:
Good One
Posted on: May 16, 2010
sarahsan says:
Congrats on your featured review Dan!
Posted on: May 16, 2010

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