Tai Chi Zero (2012)
Tai Chi Zero (2012)
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|Rating:||PG-13 (for violence and martial arts action throughout)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure|
|Directed By:||Stephen Feng, Stephen Fung|
|Written By:||Kuo-fu Chen, Zhang Jialu, Hsiao-tse Cheng|
|In Theaters:||Oct 19, 2012 Limited|
|On DVD:||Jan 22, 2013|
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as Lu Chan ("The Freak"...
as Yuniang Chen
as Uncle Laborer
as Fang Zijing
as Zai Yang Chen
as The Governor
as Claire Heathrow
as Grand Uncle
as Lao Zhao
as Brother Tofu
as Lao Zhao
as On-Lao Zhao
as Gang Yun Chen's Wife
as Youn Zhi Chen
as Uncle Qin
as Chen Chang Xing, Unc...
as Lu Chan's Mother, Ya...
as British soldier
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"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.
"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.
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.
Exhausting to watch, Tai Chi Zero is all flash and little substance.
"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.
Audience Reviews for Tai Chi Zero
Not my cup of tea...
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.
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.
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