Twin Warriors

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

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 and critic Elvis Mitchell on director Yuen Wo-Ping; Twin warriors: Critic Elvis Mitchell and director Brett Ratner on stars Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh; Original home video trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2008
  • UPC: 796019813440
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dragon Dynasty
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,661

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jet Li
Michelle Yeoh Qiuxue
Yuen Cheung-Yan
Chin Siu Ho Tienbao
Lau Shun
Fannie Yuen
Technical Credits
Yuen Woo Ping Director
Ip Kwong-kim Screenwriter
Angie Lam Editor
Tom Lau Cinematographer
Jet Li Producer
Raymond Li Production Designer
Tsui Po Chiu Co-producer
Wu Wai-Lap Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tai Chi Master
1. New Senior [5:45]
2. Friendly Competition [6:35]
3. Exiled [5:53]
4. Secular World [12:05]
5. Separate Ways [11:17]
6. He Wants It All [5:34]
7. Betrayal [9:11]
8. Duel [5:15]
9. Lost [11:33]
10. Preparation [9:47]
11. Last Battle [11:16]
12. End Credits [1:25]
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Disc #1 -- Tai Chi Master
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   Scene Selection
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      Audio Options
         Cantonese 5.1
         Original Cantonese Mono
         English 5.1
      Captions and Subtitles
         English
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Spanish
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   Special Features
      View the Film With Commentary by Hong Kong Cinema Expert Bey Logan: On
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      Nemesis: An Exclusive Interview With Star Chin Siu-Ho
      The Birthplace of Tai-Chi: On Location in Chen Village
      Meditations on the Master: Brett Ratner & Elvis Mitchell Discuss Yuen Woo-Ping
      Twin Warriors: Brett Ratner & Elvis Mitchell Discuss Jet Li & Michelle Yeoh
      Original Home Video Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a taoism lesson

    this movie is a taoism lesson thinly disguised as a story of two childhood friends thinly disguised as a kung-fu movie. i honestly don't know which aspect of the movie i like best, but the fight scenes were off the chain. i understand the urge to label any 'suspicious' stunt as 'wires', but i've seen a capoiera master do the impossibe first hand, so i just shut up and watch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    5 stars...no question!

    This is a superb movie with a super plot. The martial arts skill level of this movie is great. The usage of weapons is awesome. The plot is a great one as well. It is one of the many martial arts movies that I watch over and over. Please buy it...it is a must have if you are a true collector of martial arts movies and a fan of Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Butchered Movie

    If you want to see this movie, find the original version under Tai Chi Master, rather then this English dubbed version by Dimension/Disney. The fight scenes are some of Jet Li and Yuen Woo Ping's best, and it has a strong story line unlike some other Jet movies. The only other Jet Li movies that have comparably good fight scenes are Once Upon A Time In China 2 and Fist of Legend. However, I am only giving this movie two stars because of what Disney has done to this movie in the US DVD. Having seen the original movie on video, I saw this DVD at Blockbuster and decided to rent it, thinking that a US DVD would be much higher quality than what I originally saw. Well, I was pretty wrong, I cannot even begin to imagine what they were thinking. Buying this version of the movie is equivalent to getting an incomplete movie. One of the worst changes comes in the music. Or should I say what music? The original movie had a very beautiful score, in fact it was so good that I bought the soundtrack for it and still regularly listen to it. In Disney's version, all the original music is removed, and scenes where there was music, there is either complete silence, or a very downplayed stereotypical sounding westernized version of oriental music. The is quite sad since the original music was very moving and accentuated the rhythm of the fight sequences perfectly. The original movie also had a strong storyline centered around the origin of Tai Chi, but Disney perhaps thinking that an American audience wouldn't understand this, decided to just capitalize off of Jet Li's name being attached to the movie. Much of the background and scenes relating to Tai Chi and its invention now have completely different dialogue. The changed emphasis in the storyline just makes Twin Warriors into a stereotypical plotless chop-socky movie. One of the biggest ways they reinforced the cheap Asian movie stereotype was through horrible dubbing. Some of the humor in the movie is more due to poor quality dubbing than the actual jokes. I'm sure some people prefer to watch dubbing in English, so that's usually fine by me as long as it's done decently or if there's a way to switch to the original language. And good voice dubbing can be done, this is Disney after all, known for its cartoons with great voice acting and musical talent. Unfortunately, this movie only has one audio track, the dubbed one. It's a DVD; there's no excuse to remove the original audio track, especially when you remove plot and story in a poor dub. This is what DVDs are for, the ability to choose between the original language and the dubbed language. Disney get only one think right, the picture quality. This version looks much sharper and cleaner than the original, although there are areas where a weird green lighting is noticeable due to whatever remastering that Disney did. The Tai Chi Master was one of Jet Li's best martial arts films, but Disney's rendition is plotless and empty. Twin Warriors simply keeps promoting the cheap, low budget, senseless, martial arts movie stereotype, throuh cheap, low budget, senseless editing. I highly encourage seeing the original movie, it is one Jet Li's best works, but stay away from this incomplete version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    orgy of fighting!!!

    great fight scenes by the legendary Yuen Woo Ping(''The Matrix'', ''Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'', ''Drunken Master''). The large-scale fights scenes are just insanely choreographed. a bit TOO much wire-work where the wires can actually be seen (that's why it gets 4 stars instead of 5), but it's a small objection to an other wise nice kung-fu flick. Jet Li seems to be trying to be a bit like jackie chan in this movie with the comedic touches but they aren't too shabby and actually goes nicely with the movie. oh, and of course, as usual, some nice booty-whuppin' by the awesome michelle yeoh. Not much for hand-to-hand combat, but if you are looking for fight scenes with weapons galore then get this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tai Chi Master

    This is a re-release of Tai Chi Master, I almost purchased it thinking it was a new and different movie. If you don't already own tai chi master this is one of Jet Li's best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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