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Tai Chi Hero

4.3 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews

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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. Chen Village still stands in the shadow of danger. A prodigal brother returns, Lu Chan's presence invokes a curse on the town, and Yuniang's scorned fiancee has an appetite for revenge, as well as some new partners in crime. The second in a trilogy from the creators of Ip Man and Detective Dee, and featuring action directed by the legendary Sammo Hung, TAI CHI HERO is a full-on, steampunk-infused, video game-influenced kung fu throwdown that will knock you out of your seat.

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"Impressive...what a proper martial arts film should be" --Screen Daily

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  • Actors: Jayden Yuan, Angelababy, Tony Leung, Eddie Peng, Shu Qi
  • Directors: Stephen Fung
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: July 2, 2013
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C3ALL9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,214 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
Back in January, I reviewed a steampunk/martial-arts hybrid film titled TAI CHI ZERO (click here to read that review [...] which is the first of a trilogy. I complimented the film on its originality and fast-paced action. The second film of the trilogy, TAI CHI HERO, is available now and is definitely a worthy follow-up to the original. With higher stakes and even wilder fight scenes, this second film will have you begging for the third and final film to come out!

I can't decide if I like the first or second film better. Both are excellent in their own regards and have high re-watch factors. But both also have their own distinctions. The first is revolutionary with its story; I believe it is the first ever steampunk film to integrate martial-arts action. But the second film broadens the storyline and introduces new characters, along with new threats and villains. This is accomplished while keeping the original plot in place, making for a cohesive and enjoyable sequel.

TAI CHI HERO is shot well and the acting is great. But what really makes an impression on the audience is the action. I never get tired of wire-work when it is well done, as is the case here. The kicks are high, the punches are fast and the fight choreography reaches new heights. If you're not breathless after watching the final battle, then you probably don't have a pulse.

I like how more back-story is given in this film as well; we find out more about previous happenings in regard to Lu Chan as well as the Grand Master of the village. This is integral for the story, as it shows us who they really are as people.

The steampunk in TAI CHI HERO is amped up a bit as well. Instead of a mechanized steam-powered tank, we get to see a steam-driven flying machine.
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I ended up watching this one day when I was bored. The movie is really well done with a blend of comedy and action together. If you decide to watch this one be sure to watch Tai Chi Zero first. The first movie is more comedy but it is also really good.
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Finally being able to kick back and watch the sequel to TAI CHI ZERO was a major treat; truly a dazzling film! I thought TAI CHI HERO was better than the first in every way, with more story, amazing fight choreography, beautiful locations and a first-rate story to wrap up the story started in the first installment. I was really surprised by the amount of emotion packed into this film, a jail sequence in particular was especially moving.

Everything looked and sounded great on this release, picture was outstanding. I was very entertained with this film and didn't want it to end. Thankfully a third installment will be on the way and it should prove interesting considering the Stormare sub-plot. Chinese fantasy lovers are really going to dig this film. Nothing too heavy, just the right amount of fighting and some fun machines. Bravo!
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(1.) Great location - the type of natural carved canyon that makes the film a visual pleasure just on that alone.
(2.) Great sets/props - the usual beautiful, authentic intricate carving and crafting found in Chinese epic films; often at full (and I mean full) scale.
(3.) Great story line - bringing us a bit of the history of Tai Chi as it relates to Kung fu.
(4.) Great contemporary tie ins - some classical pop music; then some metal or rock; then some computer game animations. A good spoofing, at times,
of the martial arts genre e.g. with the fruits and veggies or when the moves were following the cooking style of each meal. Great steampunk tie in. Great da
Vinci tie in with regards to his design and innovations e.g. the flying machine.
(5.) Great wire acts and martial arts - imaginative wire routines with Tai chi juxtaposed to Kung fu movements; nothing ridiculous just to fill space but instead used to educate as to the philosophy and aesthetic of the movements.
(6.) Great acting -yet nuanced, understated performances in keeping with Tai chi philosophy.
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Very fun movie! I've watched both of "Hero and Zero" in this area and can't wait for the 3rd installment!

What I liked:
- Fast paced
- Good plot
- Good characters
- Funny

What I didn't like:
- The video game aspect of it was kind of juvenile. They would insert video game pop ups that didn't make any sense.

Summary:
In the end it was a fun, past paced movie with a good story line. It kept moving, developed characters and plot very nicely. It made me laugh also which can never be a bad thing. If this is moving towards a new Hollywood genre of martial arts then it's moving in the right direction.
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Unlike many other critics I know and correspond with, I tend to struggle with traditional martial arts movies. It isn't that I don't like or I don't find them particularly entertaining because that's far from the truth. Rather, I tend to think that my `disassociation' from them thematically is that I just don't identify with the `struggle' to learn or master a particular fighting style. Maybe that's because, growing up, I didn't much partake in sports regularly, so I don't always see the fascination with mastering one's physique in the same way. However, when a martial arts film comes along that has a winning story and actors with some impressive command of their fisticuffs AND the ability to muster a solid screen presence, then I'm usually hooked.

If you're here reading this modest review for TAI CHI HERO and you're a bit lost, maybe you haven't seen the first chapter, TAI CHI ZERO (or TAI CHI 0 as some sites have it listed)? You might want to watch that one before you adventure into this installment, otherwise you're not going to legitimately appreciate these crazy, zany characters and what they add uniquely to this crazy, zany world.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then this may not be for you! Instead, I'd encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...
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