Tai Chi Hero (2013)
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as Lu Chan ("The Freak"...
as Chen Chang Xing/Uncl...
as Yuniang Chen
as Fang Zijing
as Zai Yang Chen
as The Governor
as Claire Heathrow
as Grand Uncle
as Brother Tofu
as Lao Zhao
as Gang Yun Chen's Wife
as Uncle Qin
as You Zhi Chen
as Duke Fleming
as Mad Monk
as The Governor
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Critic Reviews for Tai Chi Hero
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.
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 ...
"Tai Chi Hero" merely fills the eye, offering little that stays with you.
Purist fans of martial arts cinema probably won't embrace this film any more than its predecessor.
This sequel is sluggish and rote where its predecessor was aggressively perky and desperate to please.
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.
The sequel to Tai Chi Zero is about more of the same, although this time in comes to a satisfying conclusion.
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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