Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior

Wendy Wu finally came to Disney Channel Japan on Monday! Me, Em and Tash watched it with lots of yummy junk food.
Wendy Wu (played by The Suite Life of Zack & Cody star Brenda Song) is a popular teen with an almost perfect life whose goal is to be homecoming queen. Chinese legend, on the other hand, declares that Wendy is first and foremost the reincarnation of a powerful woman warrior from the Wei Dynasty who is destined to fight the newly-awakened, evil Yan Lo. Undercover Buddist Monk Shen (played by Shin Koyamada) arrives in Fair Springs, California to begin training Wendy in the art of Kung Fu, so she will be able to keep the world safe for another 90 years.
But Wendy is too busy for that nonsense - she's trying to make sure she beats Jessica Dawson and is elected this year's Homecoming Queen! Find out if Wendy defeats Yan Lo, watch Disney Channel Original Movie Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior on Disney Channel! THIS FILM CONTAINS INTENSE MARTIAL-ARTS FIGHTING SEQUENCES DISPLAYING FAST FISTS, QUICK KICKS, FLYING ZEN WARRIORS, BIG EFFECTS, UGLY VILLAINS, MAGIC NECKLACES, SASSY ONE-LINERS AND GENERAL KUNG-FU CRAZINESS! IN OTHER WORDS, THERE'S SO MUCH ACTION...THEY ACTUALLY HAD TO RATE IT TV-PG.

  • The Five Animals of Kung Fu are referenced.
  • Although the movie was set in California it was shot on location in New Zealand with parts of it shot at a Auckland High School Long Bay College. Coincidentally, Shin Koyamada's previous film The Last Samurai was also shot there. New Zealand was also substituted for the fictional California city of Blue Bay Harbor in Power Rangers: Ninja Storm, also starring Sally Martin as Power Rangers: Ninja Storm as the Blue Wind Ranger, Tori Hanson. Curiously, this character had an affinity for wearing blue, as the Blue Rangers traditionally do. This may or may not be the actor giving a tribute to the character.
  • Was originally set to air on June 2, 2006 but got bumped by Disney Channel because they had trouble putting up the movie's official web site.
  • In one scene a mural, with the letters "LBC" on it, can be seen in the background. This is an Acronym for "Long Bay College"
  • Brenda Song, who plays Wendy Wu, has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do in real life. However, she had to "unlearn" some fighting techniques so that the fight scenes would look better on-camera.
  • Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior made its debut on DVD October 24th 2006.
  • Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior is the fifth DCOM to receive a TV-PG rating; before it were Tiger Cruise, Don't Look Under The Bed, Halloweentown and Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge.
  • During filming Brenda Song, while attempting to kick a soda can from someone's hand, missed and kicked him in the chest, winding him.
  • On set while doing a flip, Brenda Song landed on her foot and sprained it.
  • James Gaylyn has guest stared in the Power Rangers: Ninja Storm series as a Wind Ninja Academy Sensei from the past. He was also the voice of Zeltrax in Power Rangers: Dino Thunder.
  • Brenda Song had to commute during film breaks to film the second season of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
  • It had over 5.7 million viewers on the night of it's premiere, making it currently the sixth highest viewed DCOM.
  • Many drama students from Long bay College were used as extras, and can be seen chiefly in the school scenes


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