An Actual Bus Driver Has a Few Notes On Shang-Chi’s Bus Fight Scene

Early in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, our hero (Simu Liu) and his best friend Katy (Awkwafina) have a dramatic encounter on a bus. It’s not just a cool fight; it changes Shang-Chi’s life (and Katy’s!) and leads directly into everything that follows. And it involves a man with a laser sword arm (Florian Munteanu).

It also involves a runaway bus, a livestreamer, and some San Francisco geography that suggests perhaps a tesseract was used in the designing of bus route 1. On Twitter, an actual San Francisco bus operator who goes by Mack wrote a thread to “rate the SFT transit factors of The Bus Scene,” and it’s gold. Always use your mirrors, friends! Never look over your shoulder.

The thread is a perfect mix of location jokes and genuinely interesting bus driver intel, like what to reach for to stop an actual runaway bus, how the air brakes work, and the most realistic parts of the scene:

He also raises some very valid concerns about the bus’s original operator: Why is this man wearing earbuds?!?

The ride, he notes, would have taken at least forty minutes to make its way from the scene’s opening shots (way off route) to the point it begins heading downhill at California and Mason.

There’s a lot of relatable content:

Mack ends his commentary with two points: One, ride public transit! Drive less! And two, he credits everyone involves in the scene, from the actors to the stunt drivers listed in the credits.

The entire thread is worth reading. Should you have any doubts on this matter, here’s one more person who was impressed:


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