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

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½ May 9, 2015
Two lifelong Shaolin monks are expelled from the temple, one becomes an ambitious soldier who longs for worldly pleasure, the other an accidental rebel. The two cross paths again, but they become enemies. The fight scenes are excellent, but the wires are glaringly obvious and distracting. The same goes for the pacing, as it gets very slow near the end. I consider this martial arts film a decent affair, while others label it a masterpiece of the genre.
January 7, 2015
In questi film sempre la sceneggiatura che fa acqua, i combattimenti non sono niente male.
March 13, 2014
Great movie with some amazing fight scenes !
May 5, 2013
Fun kung-fu comedy with too much wire use, well-designed fights by Woo-ping
½ April 24, 2013
very nice and deep movie!:)
½ February 16, 2013
Decent 90s Hong Kong Kung Fu flick. I love Michelle Yeoh.
January 25, 2013
I remember when I first watched this movie. My cousin showed it to me when I was six and my brother was four and me and my brother would always watch this film as he forced us to get into the action. 4-5 years later, I came across this movie again and got more into the story and realized the famous casting of the always amazing Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh. The story is about Junbao a young monk who is introduced to Tienbao by his master, a new member of the Shaolin Temple to study Kung Fu. But Tienbao quickly forms rivalry already with another more discipline student as they become young adults played by Jet Li and Chin Siu-Ho. Tienbao wants to become a master so that he can have all the power while Junbao is wise and steady. Tienbao fights his rival in the competition and almost kills him which gets them both monks expelled from school and they leave for the city. They encounter Miss Li played by Fannie Yuen who saves a shop owner from a gang of henchmen and try to steal their money where she helped the owner in which they were chased by soldiers led by the evil master which makes Tienbao wish to be more powerful. At night they dine at the restaurant where another fight starts this time by a girl named Siu Lin played by Michelle Yeoh who is looking for her husband in the army who has now married the lord's niece. Her husband breaks up with her as Junbao jumps into the fight, they are chased and they disguise themselves again! After the monks wake up the next day from their sleep in the restaurant, they find out that the restaurant owners are rebels who steal the lord's wealth and give it back to the poor. Tienbao can't stand this and wants to give this away to the army while Junbao wants him to be quiet as it's none of their business. They try to earn some money by showing their amazing kung-fu skills which gets them into a lot of trouble but Tienbao stands up to the army which impresses them and they take him away to the force. A few days later after they have both gone separate paths, a different group of soldiers arrive to the restaurant to ask the owner for tax money to get new weapons and uniforms for the army. They believe this is unfair and they fight until one escapes and tells Tienbao who is on guard that the rebels are at the restaurant. Tienbao kills him as Junbao arrives and they both bury the dead soldier with branches. He tries to warn Junbao to stay away from them but due to their innocence and Tienbao increasing eager desperation of strength as he is now in the army, Tienbao has now turned to the dark side and left their friendship so he can become a master. He interrupts a fighting competition to become a lieutenant to prove his strength but his lack of discipline shames his lord. He now has told the army where the rebels are hiding in hope that he will get his chance to become a master and the remaining rebels escape. While the restaurant owner is killed by the lord in his restaurant, all the rebels fight among hundreds and thousands of soldiers mostly dying while a few are saved and Tienbao attacks Siu Lin and kills most of the rebels making Junbao realize that he has betrayed them and trapped the rebels. Now as lieutenant, Tienbao kills Miss Li and holds holds Siu Lin as bait for Junbao to rescue her so he can swordfight him but he does rescue her and get away with a fatal swordfight which causes his mind to snap for a few days about the fact that his best friend betrayed him but Siu Lin takes him to the countryside in hope that will change his mind. Back at home, Junbao opens up a scroll titled "The Book Of Chi" which was given to them as monks when they were expelled and left and was supposed to be given to Tienbao for his trouble so that he can live his life with peace. Instead Junbao opens the scroll, reads and finds a new fighting style, Tai-Chi. Back at the army, Tienbao becomes more and more arrogant about power as he screams at everyone who doesn't obey his orders as everyone bows down to him as master and follow his orders. He even returns to the city to start murdering people until he finds Junbao out of hiding. As a true Taoist, Junbao and Siu Lin must risk their lives when the lives of others are important to stop Tienbao, his lord and his confused army before they cause any more destruction for no reason. They successfully defeat a small group of soldiers led by the lord and his niece but keep the lord alive to make Tienbao surrender but it turns out that he still hopes for Junbao to be dead and scuffles towards him but Junbao's slow, swift, steady and speedy moves are too unnoticeable for his then-friend, now-enemy to tackle. Lieutenant Tienbao tries to think of all sorts of ways to try and beat him like he used to then realizing that he is a lot different and his arrogant only-powerful kung-fu doesn't match the future master Junbao at all after Tienbao climbing up ropes, using soldiers to fight, killing his own lord to threaten the army, Siu Lin backing the troops off warning them that he had just killed their leader, them curse at him to "die" and chant back to Junbao to "kill him!" and at one time even tries to kill him with the soldiers' spears and then he finishes off his newly found Tai-Chi by spinning him onto spears and killing him. The movie ends as Junbao and Siu Lin both go their own ways as he now becomes a Tai-Chi master at the Shaolin Temple ending with the Tai-Chi lesson scene from the intro. This film was first known as The Tai-Chi Master in Hong Kong and then was later known as Twin Warriors in other releases which was the title I grew up with. If you want to watch Jet Li when he just became famous in Hollywood, this is your movie. It may be based or inspired by true stories to tell the real-life story of the evolutionary of a new martial arts, Tai-Chi; Starring one of the greatest martial artists of all time: JET FUCKING LI! Twin Warriors (The Tai-Chi Master) gets a 10/10.
½ December 27, 2012
slightly dated, but still an amazing watch. a good story, some funny moments - eye poppingly fast fight scenes. Let down by poor sound quality (slightly muffled) and overdubbed and post production issues with wires visible. And Fennie Yuen - very pretty.
November 29, 2012
totally awesome movie
½ November 28, 2012
ok overall, this one was more of a comedy between the cheezy karate stunts and the comical scenes
November 25, 2012
Just as flatly penned as Kim Yip and Yuen Wo-ping's other collaborations but with an exceptionally quick pace that consistently lights up the same area of your brain that allows you to derive guilt-free pleasure from a Bugs Bunny cartoon. There's a finely appropriated energy here that would likely prove too vexing for a more complex narrative but one in which is also sorely lacking from other martial arts pictures of its ilk.

The action sequences, choreographed in-part by Yuen, and dominated by his unmistakable wire work are staged in such a grand and colorful fashion the film's heroes reach suprahuman heights; appropriate for protagonist Shang Jun Biao, the founder of the tai chi style, whose followers believe he actually achieved immortality.

Only the film's attempt at broad comedy during a painfully long passing when Shang (Jet Li) briefly goes cuckoo following his brother's (Chin Siu-ho) defection to the Yuan Dynasty does "The Tai-Chi Master" flat line. The film's U.S. release (re-titled "Twin Warriors") trims some of this tedium (in addition to some other minor edits) by approximately two minutes and might have proved the preferable cut of "The Tai-Chi Master" had Disney not dubbed it in English and replaced William Hu Wei Li's popular soundtrack with a generic refit.
November 18, 2012
Fun kung-fu comedy with too much wire use, well-designed fights by Woo-ping
November 15, 2012
"Although many may find the cartoonish, acrobatic fight sequences to be campy"
I honestly thought it was supposed to be a comedy. Great fun, but mostly very silly.
October 31, 2012
One of my favorite Jet Li films, the story was a bit generic but the action is unmatched by other martial arts films.
Super Reviewer
October 2, 2012
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.
August 27, 2012
crraaaazzyy action sequences, amazing choreography, hyperactive, a whole lot of action.
Few wires I can see but so what, this is full on cinema.
Best part: the more peaceful Tai Chi scenes where Jet Li gets enlightened.
July 11, 2012
The story may be tired and predictable but some of Yuen Woo Ping's best choreography makes The Tai Chi Master for a great kung fu classic. You also won't miss Yuen's iconic over-the-top wire fu action and typical kung fu cheesiness, but it's actually a lot more tolerable than his other films. It all works.
½ June 14, 2012
very nice and deep movie!:)
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