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Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film is the sequel to Kung Fu Panda (2008) and the second installment in the Kung Fu Panda franchise. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (in her feature directorial debut), the film stars Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, and Jackie Chan reprising their character roles from the first film, with Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, Danny McBride, Dennis Haysbert, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Victor Garber voicing new characters. In the film, Po and his allies (Tigress, Monkey, Viper, Crane, Mantis) travel to Gongmen City to stop the evil peacock Lord Shen from conquering China, while also rediscovering Po's forgotten past.

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The peacock rulers of Gongmen City invent fireworks, but their son, Lord Shen, puts the gunpowder to evil use. Overhearing a prophecy that a "warrior of black and white" will defeat him if he continues, Shen destroys the local giant panda population. Horrified by the genocide, Shen's parents banish him. Some decades later, Shen and his wolf army start to raid villages for scrap metal.

Meanwhile, Po is enjoying his new role as a Kung Fu Master alongside the Furious Five, though Master Shifu warns him he has not yet achieved inner peace. When the Wolf Boss raids the Musicians' Village, Po and the Five intercept him; however, a symbol on his armor gives Po a flashback of his mother. Po visits his father Mr. Ping for answers, and the goose reveals that he found Po, as an infant, in a shipment of radishes outside his restaurant. When no one came forward to claim the cub, Ping adopted Po as his son.

Po and the Five are dispatched across the sea to Gongmen City next, after learning Shen has made cannons and used one to kill Master Thundering Rhino, who had been left as regent of the city. Shen and his wolves have also captured Thundering Rhino's lieutenants Masters Ox and Croc, taking over Gongmen City, though Shen's goat soothsayer still warns him of his probable defeat.

During the voyage to Gongmen, Master Tigress notices Po is distraught, and Po admits to her Mr. Ping is not his real dad. Upon arrival, they free Masters Ox and Croc, but the duo believes Kung Fu died with Master Rhino, and will not help.

Po and the Five deliberately surrender to Shen, who is amused by Po's naivete and prepares to kill them all without ever letting Po know he had reason for revenge. Master Mantis, who was not captured per the plan, frees the others; they destroy one of the cannons, but Po sees the same familiar symbol on Shen's plumage, which distracts him long enough for Shen to escape and destroy Gongmen Palace with his cannonade. The soothsayer tries to stop him, but Shen banishes her.

After their narrow escape, Tigress confronts Po, and Po reveals he has remembered Shen was there the day he last saw his biological parents. Tigress sympathizes, but still refuses to allow Po to come with them for fear his lack of focus will get him killed. The Five leave Po behind at Gongmen Jail and proceed to Shen's cannon factory with the intent to blow it up. However, Po follows and confronts Shen, inadvertently spoiling the plan and allowing the Five to be captured. Shen lies and says Po's parents hated him, and shoots him.

Badly wounded but alive, Po floats downriver and is rescued by the soothsayer. She tells him the truth about the panda genocide, and encourages him to embrace his past to end his pain. Po, finally achieving inner peace, is able to recall that his father went down fighting, while his mother hid him in a radish crate and drew off Shen's army so he could survive, sacrificing herself.

Rejuvenated, Po returns to Gongmen City, where Shen is sailing downriver with his cannons and army to start his invasion of China. Po frees the Five, and with the help of Masters Ox, Croc, and Shifu, they are able to wreck the foremost ships and prevent Shen's forces from reaching the harbor. Lord Shen fires a cannon, killing some of his own soldiers, to clear the way. The only uninjured Master after the blast, Po stands alone against Shen, using his newfound inner peace skills to deflect all the cannonballs shot at him back at Shen's fleet, destroying it. Po offers Shen the chance to let go of the past and start over, but Shen in a furious frenzy rejects it and attacks him with a spear, inadvertently severing the lines holding up one of the cannons. It falls and explodes, killing Shen, while Po only just manages to jump clear.

Back at the Valley, Po is tearfully reunited with Mr. Ping, and calls him "dad" again. Meanwhile, at a secret panda village in the mountains, Po's biological father Li Shan is revealed to still be living, and senses his son is still alive.

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