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Tai Chi Hero (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Yuan Xiao Chao (Actor) | Stephen Fung (Director) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Action Director)
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Tai Chi Hero (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)

Customer Review of "Tai Chi Hero (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)

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Kevin Kennedy
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September 11, 2014

This customer review refers to Tai Chi Hero (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Tai chi is almost beside the point Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
The stories in Jet Li's first few movies, when Li's acting skills were rudimentary, focused on finding excuses to show off his marvelous martial arts skills and physical dexterity. Visual trickery was unnecessary; his skills sufficed to astound. The exciting but flawed "Tai Chi Hero" goes in a different direction. Like the early Jet Li, star Yuan Xiaochao's acting is, to be kind, unnuanced. However, instead of featuring his martial arts skills, we get little opportunity to see them. The filmmakers were more excited by the steampunk technologies with which they fill the film.

The story picks up where "Tai Chi Zero" left off; outsider Luchan (Yuan Xiaochao) is marrying Yuliang (Angelababy), the daughter of Grandmaster Chen (Tony Leung Ka Fai), and taking the family name Chen in order to avoid the curse associated with anyone outside of Chen village learning Chen-style martial arts. Unexpectedly, Yuliang's black sheep elder brother Zaiyang (William Feng) arrives. Zaiyang had been banished from the village by Grandmaster Chen due to his disinterest in learning its wushu style; Zaiyang (like the filmmakers) is more interested in inventing new gadgets. (Given the compassionate nature Grandmaster Chen displayed in the previous film, this treatment of his son seems jarringly incongruous.)

Unbeknownst to the villagers, Zaiyang has been paid off by evil Fang Zijing (Eddie Peng) to frighten them into leaving the village, so that Zijing's employer can run a railroad through it. When the scheme fails, Zijing (literally) brings out the big guns to bomb the village out of existence. With the villagers on the verge of defeat, a chastened Zaiyang employs his 'Heaven's Wing' invention in an attempt to disrupt Zijing's attack. This intervention from above forms the spectacular centerpiece of the film.

"Tai Chi Hero" features only two significant martial arts sequences. In the first, Luchan confronts a series of the village's best fighters as a test of whether he will be accepted into the village. Each of these individual fights is cut much too short; the entire sequence lasts only a few minutes. In the second, Luchan squares off against Master Li (Yuen Biao). Both sequences are badly served by quick-cut editing that never allows the viewer to see more than a single move before the film cuts to a different shot. Just about anyone could be made to look good with these techniques; the proven skills of Yuan Xiao Chao and Yuen Biao go to waste.
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