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Tai Chi 0

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A young social outcast joins forces with the daughter of a tai-chi master to defeat the villainous intruder who seeks to construct a railway through a remote village, in the process proving that he has what it takes to become a true master himself. Yang Luchan was born with a fleshy protrusion on his forehead. As a result, he was branded the village idiot and ostracized by his cruel neighbors. Encouraged by his mother to train in martial arts, Yang makes the arduous journey to Chen village, a peaceful hamlet ...
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A young social outcast joins forces with the daughter of a tai-chi master to defeat the villainous intruder who seeks to construct a railway through a remote village, in the process proving that he has what it takes to become a true master himself. Yang Luchan was born with a fleshy protrusion on his forehead. As a result, he was branded the village idiot and ostracized by his cruel neighbors. Encouraged by his mother to train in martial arts, Yang makes the arduous journey to Chen village, a peaceful hamlet populated exclusively by tai-chi practitioners. But the locals are wary of sharing their secrets with outsiders, and when Yang arrives, they challenge him to a series of duels. The worst beating comes at the hands of the gorgeous Yuniang, who pummels Yang mercilessly until an eccentric old man comes to his aid. Little does Yang realize that the old man is in fact the great Master Chen, a tai-chi legend who also happens to be Yuniang's father. Recognizing the warrior buried deep within the defeated pariah, Master Chen keeps his true identity concealed while stealthily giving Yang the tools to realize his true potential. Later, when the nefarious Fang Zijing arrives in town on a steam-powered leviathan and announces his intentions to build an unwelcomed railway through Chen village, Yang teams up with Yuniang to demolish the machine, thwart Fang's plans, and unlock the tai-chi warrior within.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
The prospect of reinventing the kung fu genre is no meager undertaking, but few would argue that actor/director Stephen Fung gives it his best shot in Tai Chi 0. An energetic martial-arts romp with a stylish steampunk twist, Tai Chi 0 assaults the viewer with frenetic fight scenes, audacious video-game-inspired graphics, and nearly enough goofball humor to have it qualify as a comedy. It's an undeniably ambitious start to a proposed Tai Chi trilogy, but it remains to be seen whether it possesses enough momentum to drive two sequels. Yang Luchan Olympic gold medalist Yuan Xiaochao was born with a fleshy protrusion on his forehead. As a result, he was branded the village idiot and ostracized by his cruel neighbors. Encouraged by his mother to train in martial arts, Yang makes the arduous journey to Chen village, a peaceful hamlet populated exclusively by tai chi practitioners. But the locals are wary of sharing their secrets with outsiders, and so when Yang arrives, they challenge him to a series of duels. The worst beating comes at the hands of the gorgeous Yuniang Angelababy, who pummels Yang mercilessly until an eccentric old man comes to his aid. Little does Yang realize that the old man is in fact the great Master Chen Tony Leung Kar-fai, a tai chi legend who also happens to be Yuniang's father. Recognizing the warrior buried deep within the defeated pariah, Master Chen keeps his true identity concealed while stealthily giving Yang the tools to realize his true potential. Later, when the nefarious Fang Zijing Eddie Peng arrives in town on a steam-powered leviathan and announces his intentions to build an unwelcomed railway through Chen village, Yang teams up with Yuniang to demolish the machine, thwart Fang's plans, and unlock the tai chi warrior within. From the epic opening fight scene peppered with pop-up graphics touting its talented star's illustrious martial-arts background, it's readily apparent that Fung isn't interested in delivering your traditional chop-socky flick. While the director's rampant use of special effects may not sit well with staunch traditionalists, it does set Tai Chi 0 apart from the pack by creating a playful atmosphere that doesn't rely on bone-crunching violence to thrill the audience. Yet even considering the steampunk angle that comes into play as the villainous Fang Zijing attempts to build a railroad through Chen village, Tai Chi 0 doesn't quite summon the inspiration or innovation of something like Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle. That comparison aside, Xiaochao possesses a unique charisma that makes us want to cheer him on as he fights to transcend his underdog status and -- speaking of fighting -- his moves are definitely a major draw of the film. After taking multiple beatings like a true champ early on, it's a blast to watch him bounce back with a vengeance as the threat to Chen village grows. The rest of the cast, including a pint-size girl who packs a powerhouse punch, are equally effective -- especially during a hilarious sequence in which virtually everyone in the village beats our hapless hero to a pulp. But when you take as many risks as Fung does, you're certainly not going to please everyone. The stylistic choices he makes are bound to earn him accusations of favoring style over substance, and the fact that there's plenty more story to tell as evidenced by the trailer for Tai Chi Hero that's included in the credits, may not sit well with those who prefer their films to be tidily wrapped up by the time the credits roll. But in an era when it seems like every ambitious movie yearns to be stretched out into a trilogy, Tai Chi 0 does the job of delivering a satisfying origin story while promising even greater adventures to come. With all of the energy, excitement, and style that the picture has to offer, odds are only the grumpiest of detractors will be able to resist the fun that Fung and company promise in the next two installments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2013
  • UPC: 812491013700
  • Original Release: 2012
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  • Source: Well Go Usa
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Mandarin, English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 45,231

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jayden Yuan Lu Chan ("The Freak")
Tony Leung Kar-Fai Chen Chang Xing, Uncle Laborer
Angelababy Yuniang Chen
Eddie Peng Fang Zijing
Feng Shaofeng Zai Yang Chen
Ying Da The Governor
Mandy Lieu Claire Heathrow
Fung Tsui-Fan Grand Uncle
Leung Siu Lung Dong
Shen Si Brother Tofu
Feng Hak-On Lao Zhao
Xiong Naijin Gang Yun Chen's Wife
Xiong Xin Xin Uncle Qin
Wu Di Youn Zhi Chen
Nikki Hsin-Ying Hsieh
Stephen Fung
Andrew Lau
Wai Keung
Technical Credits
Stephen Fung Director, Producer
David Chan Associate Producer
David Chan Associate Producer
Daniel Wu Producer
Cheng Hsiao-tse Editor, Screenwriter
Matthew Hui Editor
Katsunori Ishida Score Composer
Zhang Jialu Editor, Screenwriter
Du Jie Cinematographer
Zhu Jing Co-producer
Zhang Da Jun Producer
Yang Ting Kai Associate Producer
Chen Kuo-fu Executive Producer, Original Story
Helen Li Associate Producer
Nopawat Likitwong Sound/Sound Designer
Wang Liqun Co-producer
Peter Ngor Cinematographer
Sammo Hung Action Director
Zhang Weili Editor
Traithep Wongpaiboon Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Wu Associate Producer
Tim Yip Art Director
Lai Yiu-Fai Cinematographer
Wang Zhonglei Executive Producer
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