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The Legend of Korra is a 2017 action comedy film based on the Nickelodeon series, starring
The Legend of Korra is set in the fictional world of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The world is separated into four nations: the (Northern and Southern) Water Tribes, the Air Nomads, the Earth Kingdom, and the Fire Nation. The focus of the series is "bending," the ability of some humans (and animals) to telekinetically manipulate the element associated with their nation (water, earth, fire or air). Bending is carried out using spiritual and physical exercises, which are portrayed in the series as similar to Chinese and other Asian martial arts.
Only one person, the "Avatar", can bend all four elements. Cyclically being reborn and reincarnating among the world's four nations, the Avatar is responsible for maintaining peace and balance in the world. The Legend of Korra focuses on Avatar Korra, a rebellious seventeen-year-old girl from the Southern Water Tribe. At the start of the series, she has already mastered waterbending, earthbending, and firebending, but must complete her training by learning airbending from Tenzin, the youngest child of Aang and Katara.
The movie is mostly set in Republic City, the capital of the United Republic of Nations, a state that emerged after the end of the war that occurred in Avatar: The Last Airbender. The metropolis, described as "if Manhattan had happened in Asia" by the series' creators, has become a melting pot for people of all nations. Its residents are united by their passion for "pro-bending," a spectator sport in which two teams composed of one earthbender, waterbender, and firebender try to throw each other out of a ring using bending techniques.
The movie opens with a montage introducing Korra as the Avatar and showing that she has mastered every element except airbending. It is then revealed that due to problems in Republic City, Tenzin will not be able to move to the Southern Water Tribe and teach Korra airbending. As a result, Korra sneaks out and runs away to Republic City so that Tenzin can train her there. Once there, Korra clashes with police chief Lin Beifong (the daughter of Toph Beifong from the original series) after dispensing vigilante justice to the local triads. Shortly thereafter, the two main antagonists of the season are introduced: the Equalists, an underground activist movement; and Tarrlok, an ambitious politician. The Equalists are non-benders led by the mysterious masked man, Amon. Their goal is to bring about "equality" between benders and non-benders. Councilman Tarrlok believes in aggressive tactics for bringing the Equalists to justice, despite protests from his pacifist colleague Tenzin, Korra's airbending trainer. As Korra explores Republic City, she meets the brothers Mako and Bolin and joins their pro-bending team, the "Fire Ferrets". They are successful in the league, but romantic tensions among them and Asami, Mako's girlfriend, put a strain on their relationship.
As the story progresses, Korra discovers that Amon has the power to remove a person's bending ability. Tarrlok cajoles Korra to join his anti-Equalist "task force", and the Equalists begin using terrorist tactics, climaxing in an attack on the pro-bending arena, where Amon strips the winning team of their bending. But when Tarrlok continues indiscriminately repressing non-benders, Korra refuses to continue supporting him. After Tarrlok imprisons her friends to blackmail her, they fight. Tarrlok overpowers Korra with bloodbending, an illegal form of waterbending, and kidnaps her, framing the Equalists. Tenzin, Lin, and Korra's friends eventually discover that Tarrlok is lying, but as they do Amon arrives at Tarrlok's hideout and removes Tarrlok's bending. Korra escapes, only to find Republic City facing an Equalist military coup.
In the finale, naval reinforcements from the United Forces, led by Iroh (the grandson of Zuko from the original series), are defeated by Equalist sea mines and biplanes. Attempting to find Amon, Korra learns that Tarrlok and Amon are both sons of Yakone, a bloodbending criminal who was defeated 42 years previously by Avatar Aang. She also learns that they both are powerful waterbenders and bloodbenders. While battling Amon at one of his rallies, Amon is able to strip Korra of her ability to bend the elements she was familiar with, but in her desperation, she unlocks her airbending abilities. Mako and Korra then manage to overpower and publicly unmask Amon as a waterbender. Amon flees with Tarrlok, who later detonates their boat on the open sea. Despondent, Korra finally manages to enter the Avatar State and establish spiritual
- Kelli Berglund as Korra
- Nicholas Elia as Mako
- Tristan Lake Leabu as Bolin
- Lucy Hale as Asami Sato
- TBA as Tenzin
- TBA as Lin Beifong
- TBA as Tarrlok
- TBA as Amon/Noatak
- Dakota Johnson as Pema
- Yuliana Naim as Jinora
- Katie Silverman as Ikki
- TBA as Meelo
- TBA as Iroh
- TBA as Lieutenant
- TBA as Hiroshi Sato
- TBA as Yakone