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Tai ji: Zhang San Feng
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Director:
Writers:
David B. Baron (english adaptation)
Jack Maeby (english adaptation)
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Release Date:
18 November 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Une rencontre de légende
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The fights are mostly great fun but the story and characters are a bit of a problem and not as well developed as they needed to be See more (47 total) »

Cast

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Jet Li ... Junbao

Michelle Yeoh ... Siu Lin

Siu-Ho Chin ... Chin Bo (as Chin Siu Ho)
Fennie Yuen ... Miss Li (as Fannie Yuen)
Cheung-Yan Yuen ... Rev. Ling (as Yuen Cheung Yan)
Shun Lau ... Master Jueyuan (as Lau Shun)
Hai Yu ... Head Master
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kam Kong Chow
Yung-chang Ho

Directed by
Woo-Ping Yuen  (as Yuen Woo Ping)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David B. Baron  english adaptation
Jack Maeby  english adaptation
Scott Smith  english dialogue
Michael Sorich  english adaptation
Kwong Kim Yip  screenplay (as Ip Kwong Kim)

Produced by
Bo-Chu Chui .... co-producer (as Tsui Po Chiu)
Jet Li .... producer (as Yangzhong Li)
 
Original Music by
Stephen Edwards (english version) (as Steve Edwards)
Wai Lap Wu 
 
Cinematography by
Moon-Tong Lau (director of photography) (as Tom Lau)
 
Film Editing by
Angie Lam 
 
Production Design by
Delin Fu 
King Man Lee 
Raymond Li 
 
Art Direction by
Delin Fu (art director: Beijing)
King Man Lee (art director: Hong Kong)
 
Costume Design by
Baorong Huang 
 
Makeup Department
Juanjuan Jiang .... makeup: beijing unit
Lihua Li .... hair: beijing unit
Lihua Li .... makeup: beijing unit
Yun-Ling Man .... makeup artist
Jun Quan .... makeup: beijing unit
Siu-Mei Sau .... hair stylist
Hong Su .... makeup: beijing unit
Bing Sun .... makeup: beijing unit
Qiu Xu .... makeup: beijing unit
Teng Zhang .... makeup: beijing unit
Fengling Zhao .... makeup: beijing unit
 
Production Management
Rubin Cai .... production lead: Beijing unit
Julia Chu .... production supervisor
Erge Jie .... production lead: Beijing unit
Hai Li .... production manager: Beijing
Chang-An Liu .... production manager: Beijing
Er-Dong Liu .... production manager: Beijing
Guiping Luo .... production manager: Beijing
Changyi Wu .... production manager: Beijing
Gai-Yim Yeung .... production manager (as David Yeung)
 
Art Department
Fong-Dai Chan .... property master (as Fang-Tei Chen)
Wong-Sing Chan .... props
Yiu-Wing Chan .... set dresser
Jinzhu Chen .... props: Beijing
Kwan-Keung Cheung .... props
Sam-Po Cheung .... props
Xiuru Ding .... assistant art director: beijing unit
Chi-Lung Fong .... props
Fai Fong .... props
Hongsheng Guo .... props: Beijing
Gang Li .... sets: Beijing
Xian Liu .... sets: Beijing
Yanbin Sun .... props: Beijing
Xinjian Tao .... props: Beijing
Songliu Tian .... deputy art director: Beijing
Chunpu Wang .... sets: Beijing
 
Sound Department
David B. Baron .... sound: English adaptation
Todd Beckett .... sound re-recording mixer
Ming Yang Chen .... dubbing editor: mandarin
Wai-Luen Cheng .... sound recordist
Siu-Lung Ching .... sound effects editor
Kam Wing Chow .... sound recordist
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... adr mixer: English version
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... sound: English version
Angie Lam .... dubbing editor: cantonese
Jack Maeby .... sound: English adaptation
Frank Nolan .... sound: new version
Lok-fai Pang .... sound recordist
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist
Michael Sorich .... sound: English adaptation
 
Special Effects by
Cunping Bai .... pyrotechnics: Beijing
Xiangdong Peng .... pyrotechnics: Beijing
 
Stunts
Huan-Chiu Ku .... martial arts and stunt double: Jet Li
Cheung-Yan Yuen .... stunt coordinator
Woo-Ping Yuen .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fengxiang Bao .... assistant camera: beijing unit
Hon-wing Chan .... electrician
Wai-Nin Chan .... gaffer
Lap-kei Cheng .... assistant camera
Yuen Man Fung .... assistant camera
Tao Hai .... assistant camera: beijing unit
Feng Hao .... grip: beijing unit
Shui-Fong Lui .... electrician
Ying-Tat Luk .... unit crew
Kwok Kin Pun .... unit crew (as Kwok-kin Poon)
Shaojun Qin .... grip: beijing unit
Wing-Chi Wong .... assistant gaffer
Chi-tim Yeung .... electrician
Yuk Wah Yuen .... still photographer
Laifu Zhang .... grip: beijing unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Weiying Cai .... costumer
Jun Chai .... costumer
Shui-Lin Fung .... assistant costume designer
Weifeng Liu .... costumer
He Meng .... costumer
Baoli Tang .... costumer
Junying Wang .... costumer
Yongzhi Wu .... costumer
Qingxiang Zhang .... costumer
 
Other crew
Rubin Cai .... planner
Ji-Chun Chan .... assistant unit manager: hong kong unit (as David Chan)
Donghui Chen .... continuity
Julia Chu .... production advisor
Minru Gao .... script supervisor
Si Hao .... production assistant
Shui-Cheong Kwan .... production assistant
Shui-Cheong Kwan .... production assistant: hong kong unit
Kwan-Lok Leung .... assistant unit manager: hong kong unit
Shulan Liu .... production assistant
Kei Shu .... translator: english
Siu-Chung Siu .... assistant unit manager: hong kong unit
Qiang Sun .... production assistant
Baoyin Wulan .... script supervisor
Tiansheng Xu .... planner
Hao Zhong .... script supervisor
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tai ji: Zhang San Feng" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Twin Warriors" - UK, USA (DVD title)
"Tai Chi Master" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
"The Tai-Chi Master" - Hong Kong (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for martial arts violence
Runtime:
96 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jet Li was originally considered for the role of Eddie Chan in Crime Story (1993). but his agent Jim Choy was gunned down by the Triads. The incident caused Li to opt out of making a movie about organized crime, as he was afraid of attracting the wrong attention, so he chose to do Tai Ji: Zhang San Feng (1993) instead.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the final fight, the wires 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.See more »
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6 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The fights are mostly great fun but the story and characters are a bit of a problem and not as well developed as they needed to be, 13 September 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

As children, Junbao and Chin Bo were put together in the monastery to help each other learn. Over they years they became great friends and great fighters to the point where Chin Bo is entered into an internal tournament to see who from all the students will progress. During the fight Chin Bo's opponent cheats, enraging Bo and causing him to beat his opponent with a savagery that is unbefitting a monk. Kicking out for this, Chin Bo and Junbao find themselves out on the street to fend for themselves. They meet a young woman, Siu Lin, and start to help her out but, after thinking about the future, the two friends go their separate ways – with Chin Bo becoming a soldier and Junbao falling in with Siu Lin and a group of rebels.

With Hero currently being touted all over the place as the greatest thing ever, I thought I'd just avoid the multiplex hype and view some older Jet Li films, one of which was Twin Warriors, as it is known in the UK. The film starts with an OK plot but then it starts to fall down a bit as the story widens to include entire armies and so on. The reason it falters as it goes is due to the lack of character in the script; the film is about the lead two but, other than both can fight, one is nice, the other a bit rough, we are not given much to get into and I never really was drawn into the passion, the loss and the conflict in their relationship. The film uses some of the humour that made Fong Sai-Yuk (The Legend) so very enjoyable, but it uses it sparingly at the start and then not at all later on. As a story it is neither as involving nor as funny as it could have been and needed to be to work better for me.

Of course this is a problem that can be understood when you consider that the director is better known for his fight choreography than anything else. As such he does well to produce some exciting fights that demonstrate how good wire work can be – only once or twice does he hit a bad note (Junbao's bouncing head butt was more silly than exciting). None of the fights really stand out as being one of the greats, they are often too contrived and and are (surprisingly) rather flatly filmed at times; but they are still enjoyable and are certainly a lot more fun than the stuff that Jet Li has been reduced to in his American films in the past few years. Li shows again here why he became a global star – he makes the wirework look natural and he has great charisma combined with a winning smile and the ability to convey more complex emotions. Yeoh was a big draw for me but I didn't feel she was used very well; action-wise she did well but she didn't have a great character and gradually slips into the shadows when the film comes back to focus on the battle between Li and Shi-hou. Shi-hou is OK but he is so simple – an angry man at heart; this could have been a complex character but Shi-lou makes him too easy to dislike and there is no requirement for us to think about him or feel anything at all. Support is good with the most memorable stuff coming from the rebel comic relief but the dubbing leaves a little to be desired. I'm not a snob – I don't need to see the film in the original language but often it helps with the performances. Sometimes dubbing is OK with this but here I didn't think some of it was very good and they messed with the characters by the manner of their delivery – the Emperor was the worst, he was done by some guy giving a very bad Peter Lorre impression.

Overall this is an enjoyable film from a martial arts point of view but it really isn't that great. The fights are mostly well done without any of them really being amazing but the story and characters are all done far too simply to really engage and excite. The story had potential to be emotional and driving but without the characters it didn't work so well – if it had I would have been more involved making the action scenes a lot more exciting and dramatic.

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