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Tai Chi Zero (2012)
"Tai Chi 0" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama  |  27 September 2012 (China)
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Yang travels to Chen Village to learn a powerful form of Tai Chi. Though villagers are forbidden from teaching outsiders, Yang becomes their best hope for survival when a man arrives with a plan to build a railroad through the village.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hark-On Fung ...
Lao Zhao
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Nan
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The Freak (as Jayden Yuan)
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Mother Yang
Wai-Keung Lau ...
Father Yang (as Andrew Lau Wai Keung)
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Dong
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Chen Yu Niang
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Fang Zi Jing (as Eddie Peng Yu-Yen)
Di Wu ...
Chen You Zhi
Sicheng Chen ...
Chen Geng Yun (as Chen Si Cheng)
Shui-Fan Fung ...
Grand Uncle (as Tsui-Fan Fung)
Naijin Xiong ...
Chen Geng Yun's Wife
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Chen Chang Xing / Laborer
Da Ying ...
Governor
Mandy Lieu ...
Claire Heathrow
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Young genius Yang Luchan travels to Chen Village to learn the forbidden secrets of martial arts, but quickly learns that the village is menaced by a formidable battalion of Steampunk soldiers. The villagers realize that in order to save their home, they must trust this strange outsider with their knowledge of Tai Chi. Written by Production

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See the extraordinary life of founder of the Yang style Tai Chi.

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Rated PG-13 for violence and martial arts action throughout | See all certifications »

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$85,094 (USA) (19 October 2012)

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$212,094 (USA) (21 November 2012)
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To Be Continued
6 June 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The boy Yang Lu Chan (Jayden Yuan) was born with a little fleshy horn on his forehead and is called The Freak and is humiliated and rejected by the other boys in his village. However, when the horn is touched, he turns into an eminent kung fu warrior. When his beloved mother dies, he follows his Master Lao Zhao (Hark-On Fung) that is the leader of the Divine Truth army that fights the emperor army. However, every time that Yang fight, his horn gets darker and Master Dong (Siu-Lung Leung) tells that if it gets black, he will die. When the emperor army attacks the Divine Truth, Dong is deadly injured and he advises Yang to travel to the Chen Village to seek out Master Chen Chang Xing (Tony Leung Ka Fai) and learn the martial art Tai Chi that would provide energy to him to survive. However, the Master Chen is in a retreat and the Chen villagers refuse to teach the technique to outsiders. Yang meets Chen's daughter Chen Yu Niang (Angelababy) and she successively beats up on him trying to force Yang to give up. But a laborer suggests Yang to learn the Tai Chi movements while she beats him.

Meanwhile, Yu Niang's former boyfriend Fang Zi Jing (Eddie Peng), who was born in the village but has studied in Europe, returns to Chen Village expecting to convince the locals to allow building a railroad across their land. His proposal is rejected and he returns with the railroad representative Claire Heathrow (Mandy Lieu) in a lethal machine with British soldiers to destroy the Chen Village. Yang believes that if he becomes a hero saving the village, the locals will teach him Tai Chi.

"Tai Chi 0" is a funny adventure that uses the ancient Chinese tradition in the format of a video game. The good thing is that despite the difference of cultures, the story is highly entertaining and is worthwhile watching this movie. The bad thing is that the movie is to be continued. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Mestre da Guerra" ("The Master of the War")


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