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Tai-Chi Master (1993)
"Tai ji: Zhang San Feng" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Drama  |  18 November 1993 (Hong Kong)
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Two friends ex Shaolin monks part ways as they brush with the ongoing rebellion against the government. The ambitious one rise up to e a powerful military commander, while his betrayed friend resorts to learn the calm ways of Tai Chi.

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Chin Bo (as Chin Siu Ho)
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Miss Li (as Fannie Yuen)
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Master Jueyuan (as Lau Shun)
Hai Yu ...
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Kam Kong Chow
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Jet Li was a monk in Shaolin. In a friendly competition for a higher place in Shaolin, his childhood friend almost kills a fellow student for using a concealed weapon (which cannot be used in the competition). He and his friend got kicked out of the Shaolin. They met rebellions at that time of China. His friend betrayed Jet Li and his rebellion friends for money from the China government. Jet Li went crazy and discovered the art of Tai Chi at the recover period. Revenge seem to the only thing he is going to do. Written by Han Kin Hung <fstchhk@lux.latrobe.edu.au>

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shaolin | tai chi | china | battle | fight | See All (57) »

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Une rencontre de légende


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Rated R for martial arts violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Donnie Yen was offered the role of Chin Bo, but turned it down to pursue his solo career. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Junbao and Siu Lin attack Governor Lu while he's on his way to Beijing, the wires they "flew" in on, and in the fight, are visible. See more »

Quotes

Junbao: Enough! Stop living in your past! What do you think you're doing here? Stop shoving me away! The past is what makes up who we are. Don't let it become your burden.
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Followed by Tai Chi II (1996) See more »

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Cool, cheesy kung-fu fun
9 September 1999 | by (Kailua, HI) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite Hong Kong actors, Jet Li, does what I call his best film in "Tai Chi Master." Starring alongside Michelle Yeoh and a dozen other folks whose name I forgot, Li plays Junbao, a monk whose best friend betrays him and becomes a ruthless whacko. This leaves him only one option: grab a pole and start clubbin' baddies. While some parts are just too cheesy to mention, i.e. people flying around and some ridiculously hokey-looking effects (you can see the cable attached to a guy's back at one point), the best fights take place with just good ol' Jet Li, a pole, and an army of bad guys, where there is no room to fly around or do the ultra-powerful Buddhist Palms. Give Tai Chi Master a try. It's a love-hate thing for most people, and in my case, it's a love thing. This movie is one of the five best kung-fu flicks ever made, in my opinion.


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