Twin Warriors (Tai ji zhang san feng) (The Tai-Chi Master) (1984)

Twin Warriors (Tai ji zhang san feng) (The Tai-Chi Master)

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Hong Kong star Jet Li portrays the inventor of T'ai Chi in this entertaining if not historically accurate martial-arts movie. Junbao (Li) and Tienbao (Chin Siu-Ho) are a pair of young monks studying kung fu in a Shaolin temple. Junbao is balanced and humble, but Tienbao is competitive and eager to advance. The two are wrongfully accused of cheating during a tournament and are expelled. From there they take radically different paths. Tienbao becomes a mercenary for an evil warlord, and Junbao … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
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Written By: Ip Kwong Kim
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On DVD: Feb 24, 1998
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Critic Reviews for Twin Warriors (Tai ji zhang san feng) (The Tai-Chi Master)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

To see Li in his prime, this is a must.

Full Review… | April 28, 2010

See the Hong Kong cut, "Tai Chi Master," for great martial arts and a story of brothers torn apart.

July 14, 2003
About.com

Not the best thing to come out of Hong Kong in a while, but still a rouser.

Full Review… | March 11, 2002
Austin Chronicle

The action and stunts are spectacular and entertaining, but big time Jet Li fans will be ultimately disappointed with the dull and predictable story.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

October 27, 2005
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Two childhood friends are expelled from their Shaolin monastery and find themselves on opposite sides of a conflict between freedom fighting rebels and the tyrant who is pursuing them. With Woo-ping Yuen in the director's chair and Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh as its stars, you'd expect a feast of martial arts mayhem from Tai Chi Master. You'd be damn right. Some of the frenetic action sequences are truly eye boggling (the amazing staff fights in particular, which were revisited by Yuen when he served as action director for The Matrix Trilogy) and the supporting cast including Siu-hou Chin and Fennie Yuen more than hold their own with the stars. There is also some nice Jackie Chan style humour in the opening scenes that has some genuine warmth and it thankfully avoids the kind of overwrought melodrama and sentimentality that can mar this type of film. It's a shame that the story loses its way during the forced slapstick and silliness of Li's mental breakdown towards the end as it stalls the pacing quite badly, but it soon gets back on track for a suitably spectacular final showdown. Maybe not a world changer and it lacks the artistry of the likes of Crouching Tiger, but it's certainly worth the time for the astonishing combat scenes alone.

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½

Great action sequences from Yuen Woo Ping, the story jumps here and there but who cares. One of the bad guys uses people as human projectiles. That's very much ok in my book.

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