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Exclusive 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' clip re-constructs the mystical village of Ta-Lo

Go behind the making of the village of Ta-Lo in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

By Tara Bennett
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While Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is available to stream on Disney+, for those who like their extra features, the digital version (available now) and the Blu-ray and DVD which are available on Nov. 30, all include a gag reel, deleted scenes, and exclusive featurettes about the making of the movie and the mythology.

SYFY WIRE has an exclusive scene from the featurettes focused on the making of Ta Lo, the mystical hidden community and former home of Shang-Chi's mother, Ying Li:

Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings Home Video Exclusive Sneak Peek: Building Ta-Lo

In case you're new to the Shang-Chi world, Ta Lo is core to the story of the film as it becomes the goal of Tony Leung's Wenwu to access the mystical beasts and magic that are said to reside in the village. When he finds the entrance in 1996, he must defeat the guardian, Ying Li, in a showdown that turns into love. He's rejected by the Ta Lo community, so Li exiles herself to marry and have a family with Wenwu, But years later, he becomes obsessed with finally crossing through the village's barrier. The whole environment becomes the back drop for the epic battle in the movie's third act, hence why it became a central standing set for the film. 

Per the clip, production designer Sue Chan describes how they built the entire village of Ta-Lo on a back lot in Sydney, Australia, with period accurate materials and techniques. A case of overkill? Hardly, according to actor Ben Kingsley, who returns to play actor Trevor Slattery from Iron Man III and the Marvel Studios One-Shot, Hail to the King. He sings the praises of that rare kind detail work, calling it "truly moving" for how it informs the actor's who were immersed in it every day for the shoot. 

The other featurettes on the home video releases include a deep dive into the family ties of Shang-Chi's complicated extended family, and a look at the long journey for the character of Shang-Chi from the comics to MCU development, and finally the finished film. 

Since Shang-Chi's September release, the 25th Marvel Studios film to date remains the box office champ in the U.S. for 2021. It's earned $224.5 million domestically and $431 million globally, making it the most successful MCU film of the three they've released during the pandemic. 

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings drops on Blu-ray and DVD on Nov. 30, and digital is available now.