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Tai Chi Zero (2012)

Tai Chi Zero (2012)

Tai Chi Zero



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In legendary Chen Village, everyone is a martial arts master, using their powerful Chen Style Tai Chi in all aspects of their lives. Lu Chan has arrived to train, but the villagers are forbidden to teach Chen Style to outsiders, and do their best to discourage him by challenging him to a series of fights. Everyone, from strong men to young children, defeats him using their Tai Chi moves. But when a man from the village's past returns with a frightening steampowered machine and plans to build a railroad through the village at any costs, the villagers realize they may have no choice but to put their faith in Lu Chan... who has a secret power of his own. -- (C) Variancemore
Rating: PG-13 (for violence and martial arts action throughout)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Kuo-fu Chen, Zhang Jialu, Hsiao-tse Cheng
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 22, 2013
Box Office: $0.2M
Variance Films/Well Go USA - Official Site


Jayden Yuan
as Lu Chan ("The Freak"...
as Yuniang Chen
Tony Leung Karfai
as Uncle Laborer
Eddie Peng
as Fang Zijing
Shaofeng Feng
as Zai Yang Chen
Da Ying
as The Governor
Mandy Lieu
as Claire Heathrow
Fung Tsui-Fan
as Grand Uncle
Hark-On Fung
as Lao Zhao
Shen Si
as Brother Tofu
Feng Hak-On
as Lao Zhao
Feng Hak
as On-Lao Zhao
Xiong Naijin
as Gang Yun Chen's Wife
Wu Di
as Youn Zhi Chen
Xin Xin Xiong
as Uncle Qin
Tony Leung Ka Fai
as Chen Chang Xing, Unc...
Qi Shu
as Lu Chan's Mother, Ya...
Yuniang Chen
as Angelababy
Paul Philip Clark
as British soldier
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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (13)

"Tai Chi Zero" is often more distracting than diverting with its everything-goes aesthetic - there are strains of steampunk, manga and silent film comedy, with video-game touches.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Tai Chi Zero" is loads of fun to watch, especially a battle in which watermelons, bananas and other fruits and veggies serve as flying weapons.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

A martial-arts adventure with more video-game and comic-book DNA than the traditional kung fu flick, "Tai Chi Zero" is good, if empty-headed, fun.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Exhausting to watch, Tai Chi Zero is all flash and little substance.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

"Zero" is the first part of a trilogy. Part two, titled "Tai Chi Hero," is due in January. The legend is off to a promising start.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Fung is enjoying himself so much that he doesn't want the movie to end - and his delight is infectious.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tai Chi Zero

Not my cup of tea...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


There is so much going on in Tai Chi Zero, the film is at risk of getting lost in its own bonkers narrative. The film sees The Freak enter a village to learn kung-fu, unfortunately nobody teaches outsiders. When a railway company comes to destroy the houses in the village, The Freak sets out to prove himself.The film has lots of little cute details, such as each cast member being introduced with a credit that also says what they are famous for. Many have come from the top Tai Chi schools around the world and so on. The fight scenes are brilliant, and are often accompanied by on screen notes of how the fighters are moving. It sounds odd, and it is. Many of the techniques used are highly unnecessary but adds a fresh interpretation to the genre. Fun and silly, with a mixture of steampunk thrown in, Tai Chi Zero is a little bit different, for better or worse.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer


Ever since he was a kid, Yang Lu Chan(Jayden Yuan) has had the ability to mimic the martial arts skills of others, often putting them to good use. The downside is that it is killing him. After he is the only survivor of a sneak attack, he travels to a remote village to learn how to safely harness his abilities. And is instantly rebuffed. To be fair, the villagers have bigger things on their mind like the coming railroad and electricity but the presentation from Chen Yu Niang(Angelababy) and Fang Zi Jing(Eddie Peng) does not go exactly as planned.

"Tai Chi Zero" is enjoyable on multiple levels as it combines silent films, video games and martial arts into one fun concoction. And the in-movie credits while potentially distracting are not an entirely bad idea. So, in the end, this inventive film keeps things moving which causes it to not sink under the weight of being the Great Steampunk Hope that takes place at a pivotal point in China's history.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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