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Yuan Xiao Chao (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | Xiong Xin Xin (Actor)
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Tai Chi presents a new breed of Chinese kung fu movies like you've never seen it before! Producer Chen Kuo Fu (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame) and director Stephen Fung (House of Fury) audaciously attempt to rejuvenate period kung fu films by fusing the gist of the genre with elements of comic book, video game and even Victorian steampunk. Envisioned as a big-budget trilogy, Tai Chi tells the classical story of a martial arts master's journey from zero to hero, and its first two installments – neatly named Tai Chi 0 and Tai Chi Hero, respectively – were produced and subsequently released back-to-back in 3D.

Starring Tony Leung Ka Fai, Eddie Peng, Angelababy and William Feng, Tai Chi 0 introduces newcomer Yuan Xiaochao (formerly an Olympic gold medal-winning wushu athlete) as the male lead, with special appearances by Shu Qi, Daniel Wu and many other star cameos to round out the stellar cast. Behind the camera, the innovative hybrid kung fu comedy boasts over-the-top fight scenes choreographed by legendary action director Sammo Hung as well as stylish production design from Oscar-winning art director Timmy Yip, both of whom earned Golden Horse Awards nominations for their groundbreaking works here.

Set in the chaotic early-19th century China, Tai Chi 0 follows martial arts prodigy Yang Luchan (Yuan Xiaochao), a goofy young man born with a special gift that, when triggered, turns him temporarily into an invincible fighter. Unfortunately, that untamed superpower is lethal for Luchan, and to save his life, he is advised to go to the Chen village to learn their school of tai chi. However, the villagers are forbidden to teach their kung fu to outsiders, and the hapless boy learns it the hard way when he tries to force his way in. Meanwhile, the eccentric village head Master Chen Changxing (Tony Leung Ka Fai) learns that their village is targeted for demolition in order to make way for the railway. He realizes that the key to defeating TROY No.1 – the massive mechanical monster manned by the malevolent railway engineer Fang Zijing (Eddie Peng) – lies in his daughter Yuliang (Angelababy) and Luchan...

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Product Title: Tai Chi 0 (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 太極 1 從零開始 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 太极 1 从零开始 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 太極 1 從零開始 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) Tai Chi 0 (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Yuan Xiao Chao (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Eddie Peng (Actor) | Xiong Xin Xin (Actor) | Peter Stormare (Actor) | Stanley Fung (Actor) | Chen Si Cheng (Actor) | Xiong Nai Jin (Actor) | Angelababy (Yang Ying) | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | Fung Hak On (Actor) | Bruce Liang (Actor) | Yuan Wen Kang (Actor) | Shu Qi | Stephen Fung (Actor) | Andrew Lau | William Feng | Nikki Hsieh 袁 曉超 (Actor) | 梁 家輝 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 熊欣欣 (Actor) | 彼德史多馬 (Actor) | 馮淬帆 (Actor) | 陳思成 (Actor) | 熊乃瑾 (Actor) | 楊 穎 | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | 馮克安 (Actor) | 梁小龍 (Actor) | 袁文康 (Actor) | 舒 淇 | 馮德倫 (Actor) | 劉偉強 | 馮 紹峰 | 謝 欣穎 袁 晓超 (Actor) | 梁 家辉 (Actor) | 彭于晏 (Actor) | 熊欣欣 (Actor) | 彼德史多马 (Actor) | 冯淬帆 (Actor) | 陈思成 (Actor) | 熊乃瑾 (Actor) | 杨 颖 | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | 冯克安 (Actor) | 梁小龙 (Actor) | 袁文康 (Actor) | 舒 淇 | 冯德伦 (Actor) | 刘伟强 | 冯 绍峰 | 谢 欣颖 ユエン・シャオチャオ (Actor) | 梁家輝 (レオン・カーファイ) (Actor) | 彭于晏(エディ・ポン) (Actor) | 熊欣欣(ホン・ヤンヤン) (Actor) | ピーター・ストーメア (Actor) | 馮淬帆(スタンリー・フォン) (Actor) | 陳思成(チェン・スーチョン) (Actor) | Xiong Nai Jin (Actor) | Angelababy (アンジェラベイビー) | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | 馮克安 (フォン・ハクオン) (Actor) | 梁小龍(ブルース・リャン) (Actor) | ユエン・ウェンカン (Actor) | 舒淇(スー・チー) | 馮徳倫(スティーブン・フォン) (Actor) | 劉偉強(アンドリュー・ラウ) | 馮紹峰(ウィリアム・フォン) | 謝欣穎(ニッキー・シエ) Yuan Xiao Chao (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | 펑위옌 (Actor) | Xiong Xin Xin (Actor) | Peter Stormare (Actor) | Stanley Fung (Actor) | Chen Si Cheng (Actor) | Xiong Nai Jin (Actor) | 안젤라베이비 | Mandy Lieu (Actor) | Fung Hak On (Actor) | Bruce Liang (Actor) | Yuan Wen Kang (Actor) | 서기 | Stephen Fung (Actor) | Andrew Lau | 풍소봉 | Nikki Hsieh
Director: Stephen Fung 馮德倫 冯德伦 馮徳倫(スティーブン・フォン) Stephen Fung
Action Director: Sammo Hung 洪金寶 洪金宝 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) Sammo Hung
Producer: Chen Kuo Fu 陳國富 陈国富 チェン・クォフー Chen Kuo Fu
Release Date: 2012-12-21
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032067603

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* Bonus Features: Trailer

Director: Fung Tak Lun

To recover his exhausted power in the battlefield, Yang comes to Chen Village to learn the legendary TAI CHI, but it is forbidden for villagers to teach their secret style to outsiders, so the locals challenge him with fights – from strong men to old ladies to children, everyone defeats Yang with their skillful moves! One day, an evil army with a frightening machine “Troy” enters the village, Yang decides to join forces with Master Chen’s beautiful daughter Yuniang to defeat the intruders, an dthe villagers realize that the destiny of their homeland rests in the hands of this outsider….
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Professional Review of "Tai Chi 0 (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 28, 2013

Tai Chi has unquestionably been one of the more high profile Chinese cinema events of the year, a two part steampunk-martial arts mash up whose trailers promised all manner of over the top madness. 2012 saw the release of the first two parts of what will eventually make an epic trilogy, beginning with Tai Chi 0 and followed only a few weeks later by "Tai Chi Hero", setting the scene for the final instalment, apparently not due until 2014. Shot in 3D (naturally), the zero to hero style series comes courtesy of a powerhouse of commercial film making in genre veteran director Stephen Fung (House of Fury), and Taiwanese writer producer Chen Kuo Fu (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Aftershock), with a host of top talent in front of the camera.

Taking place in 19th Century China, Tai Chi 0 starts the tale of Lu Chan, also rather unkindly referred to as 'The Freak' (played by real life Olympic gold medal-winning wushu champion Yuan Xiaochao), born with a strange horn birthmark on his forehead called 'Three Blossoms of the Crown'. Although this gives him bursts of demonic power and invincibility when triggered, it also gradually saps his life-force, and so after a spell with the rebellious Divine Truth Cult, he heads to the distant Chen village to try and learn their tai chi and control his energies. Unfortunately, the villagers are sworn not to teach their martial arts to outsiders, and so Lu Chan spends time hanging around trying to convince the oddball Master Chen Changxing (Tony Leung Ka Fai, "Election") and his feisty daughter Yuliang (Angelababy, First Time) to make an exception. He gets a chance to prove himself when western educated Fang Zijing (Eddie Peng, Love) returns to the village, now working for the railroad and prepared to raze it to the ground with his giant track laying robot Troy 1.

Tai Chi 0 is nothing if nothing not stylish, coming across as a mixture of Scott Pilgrim and Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle, being packed out with cartoonish touches and tricks, with martial arts moves illustrated on screen video game style and the action frequently being interrupted by surreal little asides. To a large extent this works well, Fung making good use of the film's high budget, and it looks slick and impressive throughout, with far better special effects and use of CGI than other recent Chinese blockbusters. On top of this visual overload, Fung also goes one step further by making the film incredibly self-aware, peppering it with pop culture references. Though very fun at times, it has to be said that this doesn't quite always gel, as even for non-local viewers who don't pick up on a lot of the gags, their blatant underlining can be a bit distracting, and lessens engagement with the plot and the period setting.

This is especially true when it comes to the announcing of not only the names of actors and actresses and their characters on screen in anime fashion, but in some cases adding in extra bits of information. Given that the film features a long list of big name cameos, including Shu Qi, and Daniel Wu, this can get a bit tiresome, for example in the case of Andrew Lau, who despite only making a brief appearance is highlighted as the director of the Infernal Affairs films - it's a bit baffling at times how Fung thought this would enhance the film. Thankfully, the cast are all likeable enough to overcome this, with Yuan Xiaochao fine in the earnest but dim lead role, Angelababy suitably cute, and Tony Leung Ka Fai predictably stealing pretty much all of his scenes. To his credit, Fung does go out of his way to add some emotional conflict, especially in the case of Eddie Peng's villainous though v Fang Zijing, and though it only makes things marginally less superficial, it's still very welcome.

On the plus side this also means that Fung was clearly not taking things too seriously, and the film does benefit from an air of mischievous irreverence, with the feel of an old fashioned piece of Hong Kong kung fu nonsense. Though there isn't much in the way of out and out comedy, the film is fun, silly and amiable throughout, with some playful set pieces that thanks to the steampunk flavour and robots show a decent amount of creativity. The relatively high action quotient also helps to give things a lift, with some solid fight choreography from Sammo Hung (nominated for a Golden Horse Award for his efforts), and there's a lot of brawling and duelling to keep the pace moving along at a fairly frantic clip.

Inevitably, Tai Chi 0 ends frustratingly with a cliff-hanger setup for Tai Chi Hero though this isn't too much of a criticism, and it stands as a superior and very enjoyable piece of commercial Chinese cinema. While Stephen Fung's over the top stylings and pop culture references may prove a bit wearying for some, there's a great deal of boisterous fun to be had here, and the film is certainly above average for its type.

by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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September 2, 2014

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Entertaining actioner Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The makers of "Tai Chi Zero" sought to bring something fresh to the martial arts genre. They dressed their film with steampunk inventions, comic book graphics, and bursts of heavy metal music, then paced the action at video game speed. Much of what seems new actually is quite old. The graphics used to introduce characters are like those used in old Shaw Bros. productions. The comic-style graphics ape those from the mid-1960s Batman TV series. Many of the cameo appearances feature '70s and '80s era actors (like Bruce Leung and Fung Hak On). Something for everyone, I guess.

The film nominally stars Olympics wushu gold medalist Jayden Yuan as Yang Luchan, a lad unnaturally skilled in martial arts, particularly when someone bashes the 'Three Blossoms of the Crown' wart on his head. He is a member of a cult facing defeat and is sent by the cult to Chen village to learn Chen-style fighting skills from Grandmaster Chen Changxing. When he arrives at the village, Grandmaster Chen is nowhere to be found and everyone tells him that Chen-style skills must not be taught to outsiders. Luchan meets there an old laborer (Tony Leung Ka Fai) who encourages the lad to persist, while Grandmaster Chen's lovely daughter Yuliang (Angelababy) seeks to discourage him by soundly thrashing him with Chen skills.

Yuliang yearns for Fang Zijing (Eddie Peng), her childhood love, who has returned from England thoroughly Westernized and determined to run a railroad through Chen village. Zijing has fallen for his coworker Claire (Mandy Lieu), who urges him to ignore the villagers' objections to his project. Zijing and Claire drive a gargantuan railroad track-laying metal monster to the village gate and give the townsfolk short notice to clear out or face the consequences. Grandmaster Chen, who actually turns out to be the old laborer whom Luchan had befriended, emerges to lead the villagers against the great metal beast.

The movie's fulcrum turns out to be Angelababy as Yuliang. Her relations with old boyfriend Zijing, with the persistent Luchan, with the crotchety village elders, and with her grandmaster father drive the action. Fortunately, Angelababy is up to the challenge, showing off impressive fighting skills and a breadth of acting chops. Director Stephen Fung (with whom I share a university alma mater) may not have reinvented the genre with "Tai Chi Zero", but, with an impressive assist from Sammo Hung's action choreography, he does serve up a lot of fun.
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