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Tai Chi Hero

Tai Chi Hero (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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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

Jul 2, 2013

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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.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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 ...

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"Tai Chi Hero" merely fills the eye, offering little that stays with you.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Purist fans of martial arts cinema probably won't embrace this film any more than its predecessor.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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This sequel is sluggish and rote where its predecessor was aggressively perky and desperate to please.

April 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Surprisingly heartbreaking at times, Tai Chi Hero adds some much needed depth to an already well-established and vividly distinguishable action franchise.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
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The second installment in a planned martial-arts trilogy mixes broad comedy and cartoonish action that will appeal to the genre's fans, though crossover potential seems limited.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Tai Chi Hero is a kung fu mashup, sticking steam-powered airplanes made of Victorian-age gewgaws and metal gears into one of those martial arts films where people float through the air without benefit of any flying machines at all.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Canada.com
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Like its predecessor, Tai Chi Hero is continually hampered by its thin characters and badly convoluted narrative but at least this time there are more opportunities to savour the many oddball pleasures.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Grid
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Stephen Fung's pop-up graphics and jazzy fight scenes feel part of an unwieldy mix in which the director just throws whatever half-baked conceits up on the screen he feels like.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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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.
January 13, 2013
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