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Tai Chi Hero (2013)



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Lu Chan (Jayden Yuan) is still trying to find his place in Chen Village, the legendary town where everyone is a martial arts master...and Chen-style Tai Chi is forbidden to outsiders. But since he helped save the town from a frightening steam-powered machine, Yuniang (Angelababy), beautiful daughter of Grandmaster Chen (Tony Leung Ka-Fai), agrees to marry Lu Chan and bring him into the family. It's only a formality, though - she is the teacher, and he is the student - and that suits Lu Chan just fine, as the mutant horn on his head gives him incredible kung-fu power, but leaves him dumber each time, and closer to death. (c) Well Go USAmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Zhang Jialu, Cheng Hsiao Tse, Kuo-fu Chen, Chen Kuo-fu
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 2, 2013
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Jayden Yuan
as Lu Chan ("The Freak"...
Tony Leung Ka Fai
as Chen Chang Xing/Uncl...
as Yuniang Chen
Eddie Peng
as Fang Zijing
Shaofeng Feng
as Zai Yang Chen
Ying Da
as The Governor
Mandy Lieu
as Claire Heathrow
Fung Tsui-Fan
as Grand Uncle
Shen Si
as Brother Tofu
Feng Hak-On
as Lao Zhao
Xiong Naijin
as Gang Yun Chen's Wife
Xin Xin Xiong
as Uncle Qin
Wu Di
as You Zhi Chen
Peter Stormare
as Duke Fleming
Daniel Wu
as Mad Monk
Da Ying
as The Governor
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Critic Reviews for Tai Chi Hero

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

While Fung's attempts to err on the side of seriousness in this one after the stylized video-game high jinks of its predecessor are clearly purposeful, they don't necessarily make for a more pleasurable viewing experience.

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

There's less of the hyperventilated genre-pinging (video games, manga, comic books) from the first film. But there's still a nagging, cartoonish emptiness ...

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Tai Chi Hero" merely fills the eye, offering little that stays with you.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Purist fans of martial arts cinema probably won't embrace this film any more than its predecessor.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

This sequel is sluggish and rote where its predecessor was aggressively perky and desperate to please.

Full Review… | April 23, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

The second installment of Hong Kong actor-director Stephen Fung's steampunk martial arts trilogy shows an encouraging restraint in its stylistic approach and finds a much sharper focus on its storytelling.

Full Review… | March 30, 2016
Screen International

Audience Reviews for Tai Chi Hero


In this direct sequel to Tai Chi Zero, we follow The Freak adapting to life in the Chen Village. The Grandmaster's eldest son also returns and reminds the town of a legendary prophecy that may spell doom for the civilians. This is a continuation of the previous story, and as such it is very similar in quality. Filmed back to back means the consistency really aids the storytelling. Daniel Wu continues to be an incredible lead, as he is an action star with an absolutely dopey smile and a real sense of innocence and misunderstanding in his face. It makes such a great change from a lead who constantly wants to seem hard and tough. The cinematography is great once again, but the film keeps things to enclosed and so we see battles take place in the same places as before. With more character development and the promise of further sequels to come, this and its predecessor work as once film.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer


The sequel to Tai Chi Zero is about more of the same, although this time in comes to a satisfying conclusion.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

One of the worst martial art movies of the year. Story is muddled, kinda forcing it with "rejecting the western culture", and there is no humor whatsoever in this which makes it super boring and dragging. I don't like the idea that it's a fucking railroad to be built and they made the western culture look like the bad guy for trying to help them transport materials out of the village. It just seems like a propaganda to me.

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