Twin Warriors

Twin Warriors

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Director: Yuen Woo Ping

Cast: Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Chin Siu Ho

     
 

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Hong Kong star Jet Li portrays the inventor of T'ai Chi in this entertaining if not historically accurate martial-arts movie. Junbao (Li) and Tienbao (Chin Siu-Ho) are a pair of young monks studying kung fu in a Shaolin temple. Junbao is balanced and humble, but Tienbao is competitive and eager to advance. The two are wrongfully accused of cheating during a tournament… See more details below

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Hong Kong star Jet Li portrays the inventor of T'ai Chi in this entertaining if not historically accurate martial-arts movie. Junbao (Li) and Tienbao (Chin Siu-Ho) are a pair of young monks studying kung fu in a Shaolin temple. Junbao is balanced and humble, but Tienbao is competitive and eager to advance. The two are wrongfully accused of cheating during a tournament and are expelled. From there they take radically different paths. Tienbao becomes a mercenary for an evil warlord, and Junbao joins a rebel group led by Michelle Yeoh. Tienbao betrays Junbao; Junbao loses his memory in the resulting fight. While recuperating, he develops the graceful T'ai Chi fighting style. Although many may find the cartoonish, acrobatic fight sequences to be campy, they are elaborate and dazzling.

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All Movie Guide - Genevieve Williams
One of the veritable flood of kung-fu flicks that came out in the early '90s, The T'ai Chi Master (released in English as Twin Warriors) is notable chiefly for its integration of kung-fu and slapstick, as well as for providing a vehicle for its young stars, particularly Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh. Choreographer and director Yuen Woo-Ping, known especially for his work on The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, has a lot of fun with the best-friends-on-separate-paths theme; the extremely thin plot serves mostly to string together a wild and increasingly improbable string of fight scenes. These include Junbao (Li) and Tienbo (Chin Siu-Ho) taking on all of their classmates (at the Shaolin Temple, of course) at once in a bamboo-staff free-for-all that must be seen to be believed; several barroom brawls involving Yeoh's wandering-minstrel-turned-rebel; an ambush by what appears to be the entire Chinese army; and, of course, the necessary final showdown. Master features some unlikely plotting and characterization (Tienbo's quest for personal power never seems entirely realistic) and uneven pacing (including an admittedly funny segment in which Junbao first loses his mind, becomes convinced he's a duck, and goes on to invent T'ai Chi, hence the film's title). However, these minor quibbles are more than compensated for with Yuen's stunning fight choreography and an overall strong and charming cast, including plenty of mugging from Yuen Cheung-Yan (brother of the director) as an unlikely reverend and rebel leader.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2010
UPC:
0883476013985
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
NR
Source:
Weinstein Company
Time:
1:36:00

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Feature length commentary: by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan; Nemesis: an exclusive interview with star Chin Siu Ho; The birthplace of Tai Chi: on location in Chen Village; Meditations on the master: director Brett Ratner & critic Elvis Mitchell on director Yuen Wo-Ping; Twin warriors: Critic Elvis Mitchell and director Brett Ratner on Jet Li & Michelle Yeoh

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