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Five Reasons Why Even K-Pop Fans Will Love ‘xXx: Return Of Xander Cage’

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And we won’t have it any other way.

American action film xXx: Return of Xander Cage is set to conquer the movie scene with an action-packed story and full-blast thrill this January.

The third chapter of the blockbuster franchise xXx revolves around extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage and his assignment to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Xander recruits an all-new thrill-seeking cohort as he finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.

Read: ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ Feat. Kris Wu To Screen In Philippine Cinemas

And hellokpop is here to give you, K-pop (or Korean entertainment) fans, five reasons why this third xXx chapter, directed by renowned movie director D.J. Caruso, will earn your love.

(L-R) Vin Diesel as Xander Cage and Deepika Padukone as Serena Unger in xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE by Paramount Pictures and Revolution Studios

First: Bad-ass Here and There

Admit it. Although we may adore the cute and lovely concepts a la NCT Dream, we always dread for the bad and dark eras of our Korean groups. We also love our Korean male leads to be the cool and conceited jerks with a hidden softness inside.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage is all about bad-ass attitude partnered with mind-blowing stunts that’s sure to raise the bar on extreme action. Headlined by American action star Vin Diesel and Hong Kong actor and martial artist Donnie Yen, the action film did not fall short in its promise of thrill.

Vin Diesel as Xander Cage

If you fell head over heels for Lee Min Ho as City Hunter and Ji Chang Wook as Healer or K2, brace yourself to be impressed by the members of xXx team with their flawlessly executed fighting scenes as they carry out the mission to stop a seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box.

The film offers a variety of action from chases to shootouts, and explosions to acrobatic fights in environments spanning land, air and water. And we are warning you: the ‘baddest females’ are here.

Second: Deadpan Wit And Humor

Korean entertainment will never be complete without variety shows that fill our days with laughter and optimism. Our K-pop groups will always have that one member to represent humor and variety. And romantic comedy is a genre that will always exist and be loved by Korean drama fanatics.

Despite the full-blast action and thrill of xXx: Return of Xander Cage, it did not forget to pause and deliver short but tickling punchlines that get tap the viewer’s funny bone. The humor goes all throughout the film. xXx relies on the wit and proper timing of delivery in its dialogue in executing the humor that breathes fresh air to the intense action.

(L-R) Vin Diesel as Xander Cage, Donnie Yen as Xiang and Deepika Padukone as Serena Unger

The film also utilizes punchlines that are relatable and up-to-date with the trends that may seem like commentaries to the generation’s lifestyle.

Tip: watch out for former EXO member and now actor Kris Wu and Scottish actor Rory McCann as they make the comedic duo that we may end up shipping a la Family Outing‘s Dumb and Dumber, Yoo Jae Suk and BIG BANG‘s Daesung.

Third: #SquadGoals

Our hearts break whenever news of disbandment or a member leaving a group reach our radars. We also have that room in our hearts to go all ‘awww’ for friendship and teamwork, whether in K-pop or in Korean dramas and variety shows. And we all have our own #squadgoals that may be the adorable team of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo or the con-artists group of Heo Joon Jae in Legend of the Blue Sea.

(L-R) Tony Jaa as Talon, Michael Bisping as Hawk, and Donnie Yen as Xiang

Clean that room up and open the door for the xXx team as they give you another definition of #squadgoals. Xander Cage can only do so much alone, but with the help of his team that comprises of the bad, the extreme and the insane, everything seems to be possible (even jumping off of an airplane).

But there’s more to the #squadgoals in this film that will touch your heart and maybe, just maybe, wet your eyes a little.

Fourth: Surprises!

Whether it’s the marriage news of Rain and Kim Tae Hee, a heartbreaking disbandment like 2NE1, or a simple choreography video that dropped out of thin air, Korean entertainment is filled with surprises. And admit it, you love the suspense and excitement of every surprise no matter how heartbreaking or absurd they are.

(L-R) Ruby Rose as Adele Yusef, Nina Dobrev as Rebecca Clearidge, Tony Gonzalez as Paul Donovan, and Vin Diesel as Xander Cage

xXx: Return of Xander Cage has its own bag of surprises waiting for you. We’ll keep this fourth reason short and leave you to find out for yourself when you see the film beginning January 18 in Philippine theaters nationwide.

Fifth: Kris Wu

He may have left EXO and turned a new leaf as an actor, but Kris will always be connected with K-pop. However, prepare yourselves for a new side of Kris as he plays Harvard “Nicks” Zhou, a member of the xXx team. The former K-pop idol has proven he could handle action films and play with guns, goons and girls (prepare yourself, Kris fans).

Kris Wu as Harvard Zhou

Despite this being his first attempt in Hollywood, Kris showed off his potential in kicking some ass and delivering lines. (Quotable quote alert!) Kris did justice for his character Nicks with a portrayal that may not earn him an award or a standing ovation anytime soon, but gets our approving nod and a thumbs up for a Hollywood newbie.

You may also want to know the name of the gloves that caught Nicks’ attention. Hint: Listen to Nina Dobrev carefully.

The list is complete, so go and head to a theater near you to join Xander Cage and xXx team in kicking some ass and looking dope while doing it.

Image credit: Paramount Pictures

1 Comment

  1. 4EvaKpop

    January 21, 2017 at 7:49 am

    I have been waiting for this since last year !!

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