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Star Wars and Taoism

Taoist themes Entering Europe's mainstream through US entertainment products, not only through the film industry but also through the game industry.
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We’ve mentioned Taoist themes Entering Europe’s mainstream through US entertainment products for example through the global Hollywood film industry ®Cwith titles such as °ÆKung-Fu Panda’ or °ÆThe Matrix’ trilogy both feature Taoist philosophy. But there is another, very powerful multi-billion dollar industry that needs to
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be mentioned here: the game industry. Chinese epics such as Journey to the West are increasingly represented in computer games. And those games are a global business. The Japanese Dragonball franchise
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is a case in point: Its demigod-hero, “Goku,” is a boy version of Sun Wukong, China’s “Monkey King.” Sun, or Goku, besides being a favorite of Buddha, is a Taoist immortal. Kids love his superpowers. And finally, how could we possibly end this section on a higher note or on a lower, if you’re a party-pooper than with the world’s most spectacular multi-billion dollars film/game/toys franchise and triple trilogy space epic ®CGeorge Lucas’s STAR WARS now owned by Disney. In it, superhuman heroes/anti-heroes talk about °Æthe Force’ and expound on °Æthe Jedi Way’, absolutely and forever indebted to the way of the Tao.

Taoist themes have entered Europe’s mainstream through US entertainment products, for example through the global Hollywood film industry with movies such as “Kung-Fu Panda” or “The Matrix” trilogy both featuring Taoist philosophy. Another, very powerful multi-billion dollar industry that needs to be mentioned here: the game industry.

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