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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
The Freak (as Jayden Yuan)
Mother Yang
Wai-Keung Lau ...
Father Yang (as Andrew Lau Wai Keung)
Chen Yu Niang
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
Chen Chang Xing / Laborer
Da Ying ...
Mandy Lieu ...
Claire Heathrow


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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Release Date:

27 September 2012 (China)  »

Also Known As:

Tai Chi Zero  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$212,094 (USA) (21 November 2012)

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Nice, but could be better
10 December 2012 | by (Indonesia) – See all my reviews

Watching this movie reminded me to Bunraku, or Scott Pilgrim where there are comic elements fused in, but better. After a while I lost interest in watching Bunraku or Scott Pilgrim, they became boring and dull while Tai Chi 0 still has lots of things to offer till the end.

This is the 1st Stephen Fung's movie that I watched and he surely does a good jobs. The fight choreography by Sammo Hung, visual (and comical)& sound effects, scores, some camera works, the acting from Tony Leung and Angelababy (gosh, she's so fresh n pretty) are the good part of this movie.

However, the acting of both leading male and that British woman are wooden, even the village people give better performance. While Angelababy delivers decent acting but her moves as a fighter is not convincing. The pace drags a bit in the middle of the movie, the camera work inside that giant machine are dull/not creative, the story is quite thin - without any elements add in, it may only make half of a movie. I should give '8' to this movie, but considering these lacks, I can only give 6.

Kudos especially to Stephen Fung and Sammo Hung, which from this poor script and resources still can make an enjoyable flick. And I still want to see the sequel "Tai Chi Hero", hopefully it will be better.

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