Tai Chi Zero 2012 PG-13

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(116) IMDb 6/10
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Yang travels to Chen Village to learn a powerful form of Tai Chi. Though villagers are forbidden from teaching outsiders, Yang becomes their best hope for survival when a man arrives with a plan to build a railroad through the village.

Starring:
Angelababy, Yuan Xiaochao
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

Tai Chi Zero

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International, Action
Director Stephen Fung
Starring Angelababy, Yuan Xiaochao
Supporting actors Yuan Xiaochao, Qi Shu, Wai-keung Lau, Siu-Lung Leung, Angelababy, Eddie Peng, Di Wu, Sicheng Chen, Shui-Fan Fung, Naijin Xiong, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Da Ying, Mandy Lieu, Xin Xin Xiong, Wei Ai Xuan, Jade Xu, Shen Si, Shaofeng Feng
Studio Well Go USA
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This is a good movie to enjoy and to take just a little bit seriously.
Ian Guard
Anyway, I highly recommend buying Tai Chi Zero and Tai Chi Hero in its native 3d blu-ray transfers to have a more enjoyable movie watching experience with the 2 films.
Truth Hall
The action scenes are very well done, and the special effects are great.
K. Mcconnell

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Format: Blu-ray
Those who've followed my reviews over the years (and, yes, there are a good many of you) know just how fond I am of foreign films. Not so much the European releases. While they've had some nice flicks, I get much for bang for my buck from the Japanese, Korean and Chinese releases. I tend to find them more relatable in many ways, far more interesting with respect to depiction of their cultural norms and attitudes, and modestly reverential of their national history. Plus - as I've said many times - they're rawer than many similarly-themed American releases because they aren't bogged down by the politics and shenanigans of the U.S. studio system.

However, some of that's clearly started to change. In the last few years, I've noticed more and more of the pictures coming out of China, in particular, starting to have that `big budget' feel. What tends to happen in films of this sort is that there's clearly less emphasis on storytelling and increased focus on stories that require bigger and bolder set pieces, finer and more intricate special effects. Sometimes, this increased focus works to the detriment of the picture as a whole, as I think it did with films like DETECTIVE DEE or CONFUCIUS. But when it's managed properly, the end result is a piece of entertainment the likes of which TAI CHI ZERO represents.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers solely necessary for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers to read a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting to hints of `things to come,' then read on ...
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By useless on November 3, 2012
Format: DVD
Beautifully choreographed kung fu fusion. Imagination, heart, and most of all, FUN!!!!!!!!!!
If this movie doesn't make you smile your chi needs to see a dozen doctors. can't wait for TAI CHI HERO!!!!!!!!The Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine
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This genre-melder opens an Asian kung fu adventure trilogy with strong elements of humor, Hong Kong theater stunts and a videogame feel. Anyone tired of "the same old…" whatever should give this a shot!

During a playful flashback, we learn that Lu Chan was born with a small horn-like growth on his head recognized by a kung fu master as the crown of three blossoms, prophesying that he will one day become a great kung fu master. This master adopts Lu Chan after the death of his mother (Shu Qi).

Years later we find the young Yang Lu Chan (action newcomer Yuan Xiaochao) on the battlefield. He seems to have a gentle soul. However, "the freak" (as he is called) is capable of becoming a demon-eyed, super-charged menace. Master Dong (Siu-Lung Leung; Kung Fu Hustle) warns Lu Chan that if he does not learn internal kung fu from Master Chen (Tony Leung Ka Fai; Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame), that he will soon deplete his inner energy and die. Not a fan of this prognosis, Lu Chan seeks Master Chen.

However, Master Chen refuses to teach his Chen style kung fu to an outsider--it's actually a village law. As Lu Chan persists, he is thwarted by the Chen style-savvy locals often in funny fight scenes. In fact, humor is a major, frequent component in this kung fu adventure. Lu Chan's dedication earns him the admiration of many villagers, but it is when he helps save the village from a giant, steampunk, iron menace and teaming British soldiers that he earns acceptance by the villagers, and the love of one in particular.

There are strong, oddly-toned humorous elements in this stylistic genre-melder.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alphonso Washington on March 26, 2013
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I love this movie it's one of the best MA films I have seen in a while! I can't wait for the follow up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JCAZ on March 21, 2013
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A crazy adventure filled with really good Martial Arts. Light yet serious with lots of laughs. Cant Wait to see the sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Cox on October 15, 2013
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I love this movie. The choreography is great, and the steampunk elements are creative. Great movie line, and just plain fun. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Harris on July 31, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
TAI CHI ZERO is a fun, entertaining martial art fantasy film with tons of cool wire work, impressive fight choreography and some cool "industrial revolution" steampunk influences. The film has a comic book/animation appeal that fans of THE FOUR, DETECTIVE DEE, MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS and the PAINTED SKIN films will enjoy. I can see some folks having a problem with the historical inaccuracy and some of the flashy graphics/CG but this isn't your traditional Chinese fantasy film; it's fast, furious, colorful and exciting. It's not mean to be taken literally, it's meant to dazzle.

I thought this production looked beautiful, the acting-- even from the amateur actors-- was adequate and the story riveting. Instead of being angry this was the first in a trilogy, it made me all the more excited to see the sequel, which I did. Loved and own that one too. BRING ON THE THIRD ENTRY!
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