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Tai Chi Zero (2012)

Yuan Xiaochao , Angelababy , Stephen Fung  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yuan Xiaochao, Angelababy, Qi Shu, Daniel Wu
  • Directors: Stephen Fung
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009VL2A5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,519 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tai Chi Zero" on IMDb

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As an uncommonly gifted child, Yang Luchanhas a fleshy abnormality that holds tremendous power growing on his forehead.However, being teased as the town fool, Yang s mother spurs him to practice martial arts.  Following her wishes, Yang travels across the land, finally arriving at Chen Village in hopes of learning Tai Chi.  In this legendary community and center of power, everyone practices Tai Chi - using it in every aspect of their lives.However, it is forbidden for the villagers to share these secrets with an outsider.  Yang learns this the hard way. Once he arrives, everyone challenges him to fights.  From the strongest men to the women and children, he is engaged - and cruelly defeated by their masterful moves.  After a particularly tough battle against Master Chen s beautiful daughter Yuniang, Yang is more determined than ever to master the art of Tai Chi...but he needs the Master's permission first.  Little does Yang know, the poor strange man he befriended when he arrived at Chen Village is Master Chen - who  recognizes Yang s genius but hides behind a disguise to secretly guide Yang to his own realization of Tai Chi. Soon after, a frightening steam-powered machine arrives at Chen Village, powered by Fang Zijing, a childhood friend of Yuniang.  Fang has bribed and conspired with government officials to permit him to build a railway - one that runs right through the center of the village. Yang decides to join forces with Yuniang to defeat Fang and destroy the monstrous machine - a brave and dangerous act that might just win the hearts of the villagers...and the girl...

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Actor-turned-director Stephen Fung's Tai Chi Zero is a frenetic, genre-bending martial arts fantasy that tips its hat to Chinese action cinema of the past while taking a radical approach to its future via a torrent of references to video games, animation, American movies, and other pop culture ephemera. Olympic wushu champion Yuan Xiaochao is top-billed as Lu Chan, an impulsive kung fu prodigy who's loosely (make that very loosely) based on real-life tai chi teacher Yang Luchan. The movie's Lu Chan also sports a horn on his skull that, when pressed, substantially boosts his powers but also drains his energy (shown on-screen as a diminishing, Xbox-like icon). To control his talents and save his life, Lu Chan travels to the Chen village, where the inhabitants have mastered the art of tai chi. There, he is faced with not only the locals' reluctance to share their secrets, but a former resident (Eddie Peng) who threatens to bulldoze the village with a monstrous, steampunk-influenced machine to make way for the railroad and the 20th century. Lu Chan's fight to save the town is depicted in a meta-flurry of information à la Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: actors and their characters, as well as various fighting styles, are introduced by pop-up-styled titles, while the combat itself unfolds via rapid-eye editing and camera angles. Stylistic references to silent film, European westerns, and anime are also woven liberally throughout the picture, but the manic pace and deluge of visual information obscures not only the martial arts choreography by Hong Kong legend Sammo Hung, but also more affectionate touches like cameos by kung fu veterans Bruce Leung and Xiong Xin-Xin and Infernal Affairs director Andrew Lau. Tai Chi Zero's attention deficit disorder aesthetic even extends to its basic structure, with the picture ending abruptly, rewinding, and then previewing Fung's 3-D follow-up, Tai Chi Hero. Longtime Asian-action fans may find this much media overload ado over nothing, though the film's extraordinary popularity abroad indicates that its approach has found favor with newer audiences. --Paul Gaita

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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything "Man with the Iron Fists" wasn't!!!!!! November 3, 2012
By useless
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi Zero 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest kung fu movie ever. October 15, 2013
By J. Cox
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Martial Arts Fantasy July 31, 2013
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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Published 3 days ago by Yasunori Yamamoto
1.0 out of 5 stars It was like watching a good joke destroyed by a bad punchline
It was like watching a good joke destroyed by a bad punchline. Poor acting and the directing or style of telling the story, leaves you not emotionally involved in the characters. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Carl Addison
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fun, funny, action packed, amazing design!
Published 23 days ago by Lanny J. Rhodes Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie!!!
Published 1 month ago by vader38
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Nathan Patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by Robert Humphries
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 3 months ago by blacktiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and funny but get the sequel too
Loved this movie and the sequel. I would suggest you get them both. The story is funny and the martial arts are awesome. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JK
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously boring nonsense feature
I knew that the creators behind Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle are those featured in Tai Chi Zero and I knew what to expect. Nevertheless I was hoping to see a change. Read more
Published 4 months ago by amazonka
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie!!
This movie is the "bomb", i watched it over and over again and still not bored with it. Great price!! Yes i would recommend this to all my friends and family.
Published 4 months ago by lao
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