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Tai Chi Hero (2013)

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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 fine, as the mutant horn on his head gives him incredible kung-fu power, but leaves him dumber each time, and closer to death. (c) Well Go USA
Rating:
NR
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Action & Adventure , Art House & International
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Box Office:
$17,149.00
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Cast

Jayden Yuan
as Lu Chan ("The Freak")
Tony Leung Ka Fai
as Chen Chang Xing/Uncle Laborer
Angelababy
as Yuniang Chen
Eddie Peng
as Fang Zijing
Shaofeng Feng
as Zai Yang Chen
Ying Da
as The Governor
Mandy Lieu
as Claire Heathrow
Fung Tsui-Fan
as Grand Uncle
Shen Si
as Brother Tofu
Feng Hak-On
as Lao Zhao
Xiong Naijin
as Gang Yun Chen's Wife
Xin Xin Xiong
as Uncle Qin
Wu Di
as You Zhi Chen
Peter Stormare
as Duke Fleming
Daniel Wu
as Mad Monk
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Critic Reviews for Tai Chi Hero

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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 ...

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Tai Chi Hero" merely fills the eye, offering little that stays with you.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Purist fans of martial arts cinema probably won't embrace this film any more than its predecessor.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

This sequel is sluggish and rote where its predecessor was aggressively perky and desperate to please.

Full Review… | April 23, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

The second installment of Hong Kong actor-director Stephen Fung's steampunk martial arts trilogy shows an encouraging restraint in its stylistic approach and finds a much sharper focus on its storytelling.

Full Review… | March 30, 2016
Screen International

Audience Reviews for Tai Chi Hero

½

The sequel to Tai Chi Zero is about more of the same, although this time in comes to a satisfying conclusion.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

½

I have no idea whether or not to give this film 3 stars based solely on the fact that it was, surprisingly, a little more serious than the first film, which embraced the sillier side of martial arts films. While this film does still have some of that silliness, it's definitely toned down in favor of a more serious narrative about Eddie Peng's character trying to destroy the village that humiliated him in the first film. I don't know, really, it just plays out like a bunch of these films that I've seen. There's not much that really sets it apart from the pack like the first film did. With that said, I did think the narrative itself, if it can be called that, is actually an improvement from the first film. But, like I said, the more serious tone is definitely a bit of a drawback to the film. It just doesn't feel as fresh or as different. I realize that's a point I already made, but it's definitely worth repeating. I suppose the idea is you avoid repeating yourself, but repeating yourself by using the same silly and over-the-top tone as your predecessor is better than playing into every martial arts cliche that is out there. It'd be something if the action improved as well as the story did, but it's probably at about the same level of the first film. I'd even say that it's a notch below, slightly. I do think however, that as far as a singular action sequence goes, this film has the best of the two films. The one I'm talking about should definitely be obvious and it's when Peng's character, having bribed himself to the top, brings a ton of soldiers to the villagers' footsteps. This is when the film peaks and there's close to 20+ minutes left in the film after this. And what came after it simply couldn't match the scene at the village. It just felt like the movie ran out of steam and this was its logical ending point, but it was simply too early to end the film so they decided to add 20+ unrelated minutes to the narrative. It really fizzles out at the end and that's a shame. There's one other cool fight scene after this, but it just feels completely unrelated to what came before it. Maybe it's just me, but that's how I felt. Maybe I'm being unfair to this film, but I really did think it was a step down. I mean it was kinda nice to see how everything ended up, but part of me felt that the film was somewhat unnecessary. It's not like you really needed a sequel to tell this story. It could've been done without complicating matters in this film. They chose to go a different route, but I stand by what I said. It feels unnecessary. Still, I mean the film is decent at best. It provides some good action scenes and some will be entertained by this, but I found it to be a step down from Tai Chi Zero and I can't really recommend it as a standalone film. It's almost necessary to watch this if you saw Zero, but it's not a movie that really needs to exist. While a decent movie, there's nothing of note worth watching here.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

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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