KUNG FU PANDA 4’s James Hong Would Love to Continue Playing Mr. Ping in Kung Fu Panda 5, 6, 7, and Beyond

KUNG FU PANDA 4's James Hong would love to voice Mr. Ping in KUNG FU PANDA 5, 6, 7, and 8
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As we approach the release of Kung Fu Panda 4 in the glittering heart of Hollywood, where the legends of cinema are immortalized in concrete, James Hong has left an indelible mark not just on the sidewalk of the Chinese Theater but on the industry itself. Celebrating a career that spans over six decades, Hong’s recent addition to this hallowed ground is a testament to his enduring legacy and a historic moment for Asian American representation in Hollywood.

A Milestone for Representation

James Hong’s handprint and footprint ceremony is more than a personal achievement; it’s a milestone for Asian American actors and creators in Hollywood. Reflecting on this momentous occasion, Hong shared his thoughts:

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“Well, thank you, Kevin, and thank you for mentioning the fact that I, on my 95th birthday a few days ago, I put my handprint and my footprint on the Chinese Theater sidewal. That meant a lot to me. And in the sense that not only James Hong is putting his footprints and handprint there, but also -I think I’m like the third or fourth Asian man- to put his footprints onto the sidewalk of all these big stars like, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Bill Holden.”

-James Hong, Mr. Ping in Kung Fu Panda 4

This achievement is a beacon of progress, highlighting the strides made towards inclusivity and recognition of Asian talents in a landscape that has historically overlooked them. Hong’s placement among Hollywood’s elite is a powerful statement, underscoring the importance of diversity and the contributions of Asian actors to the fabric of American cinema.

Decades as Mr. Ping

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(from left) Li (Bryan Cranston) and Mr. Ping (James Hong)

Beyond his recent accolades, Hong has delighted audiences as the voice of Mr. Ping in the Kung Fu Panda franchise. From the first film to the latest installment, Kung Fu Panda 4, Hong has brought warmth, humor, and depth to the character, making Mr. Ping a beloved figure in the series. Reflecting on his journey with the franchise, Hong expressed his gratitude and amazement at being part of such a seminal series:

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“It has meant that much for me to be included into all of the Po series her and Jack Black being now producer of the film, and I guess they’re going to go on for a long time because, from what I can see, and I haven’t seen the feature, just the TV trailers and so forth. It’s going to be newborn Po as being the spiritual leader!”

-James Hong, Mr. Ping in Kung Fu Panda 4

Looking to the Future

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James Hong voices Mr. Ping in DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 4, directed by Mike Mitchell.

As Kung Fu Panda 4 introduces audiences to new adventures and lessons in the Valley of Peace, Hong’s role as Mr. Ping continues to be a cornerstone of the series. His work, both on-screen and off, paves the way for future generations of actors and storytellers, ensuring that the voices of Asian Americans are heard, celebrated, and remembered. And he is willing to be part of the series at least until he’s 100, but the future is uncertain.

“I think DreamWorks is, trying to keep this genre alive for a long time to come. Of course, I may not be available after I’m 100 years old, but I’ll try to, to do number five, six, seven, eight! [laughs] Just kidding, of course. Who knows what’s going to happen in the future. But it has meant that much for me to be included into all of the Po series here.”

-James Hong, Mr. Ping in Kung Fu Panda 4

James Hong’s contributions to cinema, marked by his historic Hollywood milestone and his enduring role as Mr. Ping, are a testament to his talent, perseverance, and impact on the industry. As he looks forward to future projects, his legacy serves as an inspiration for all who seek to make their mark in the world of entertainment.

Experience his continued legacy in Kung Fu Panda 4, releasing in theaters on March 8, 2024.

About Kung Fu Panda 4

Kung Fu Panda 4

Release Date: March 8, 2024
Director: Mike Mitchell
Producer: Rebecca Huntley
Co-Director: Stephanie Ma Stine
Production: Dreamworks Animation
Distribution: Universal Pictures
Genre: Animated Comedy Adventure
Cast: Jack Black, Awkwafina, Viola Davis, Dustin Hoffman, James Hong, Bryan Cranston, Ian McShane and Ke Huy Quan

Kung Fu Panda 4 is directed by Mike Mitchell (DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, Shrek Forever After)and produced by Rebecca Huntley (DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys). The film’s co-director is Stephanie Ma Stine (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power).In 2008, the Academy Award®-nominated 2008 inaugural chapter, Kung Fu Panda, became DreamWorks Animation’s highest-grossing original animated film and launched a franchise that has earned more than $1.8 billion at the global box-office.

Do you already have your tickets to Kung Fu Panda 4? What is your favorite of the over 600 roles Mr. Hong has played? Will you go high-five his handprints at the Mann Chinese Theater? Let us know what you think on our Discord!

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Professional Nerd | Amateur Human | Creative/Content Director The best way to describe Kevin Fenix is the kid you never tell what the buttons do in video games so you have a chance to win. Being 6’ 4” and Asian, he never really fit in, so he got comfortable standing out. Not only is it easy to find him in crowds, he dabbles in the culinary arts, does a little stand up and improv, and can honestly say Spider-Man is the Jesus-like influence of his life. Kevin Fenix loves dogs, movies, television, comics, comedy, and to shoot people… with video.