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Tai Chi Zero -- 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.
Tai Chi Zero -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Kuo-fu Chen (story)
Chia-lu Chang (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 September 2012 (Australia) See more »
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Tagline:
See the extraordinary life of founder of the Yang style Tai Chi.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Hark-On Fung ... Lao Zhao

Stephen Fung ... Nan

Xiaochao Yuan ... The Freak (as Jayden Yuan)

Qi Shu ... Mother Yang
Wai-Keung Lau ... Father Yang (as Andrew Lau Wai Keung)

Siu-Lung Leung ... Dong

Angelababy ... Chen Yu Niang
Eddie Peng ... 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

Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Chen Chang Xing / Laborer
Da Ying ... Governor
Mandy Lieu ... Claire Heathrow
Xin Xin Xiong ... Uncle Qin

Wei Ai Xuan ... Zhao Di

Jade Xu ... Sister Mahjong
Shen Si ... Brother Tofu
Shaofeng Feng ... Chen Zai Yang (as Feng Shao Feng)
Nikki Hsin-Ying Hsieh ... Jin Yuner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Daniel Wu ... Mad Monk
Pierre Bourdaud ... British Soldier (uncredited)

Paul Philip Clark ... British soldier (uncredited)
Keoni Everington ... British Soldier (uncredited)

Marc P. Goodman ... British Soldier (uncredited)
Sky Patterson ... British Soldier (uncredited)

Matthew Ray Ruggles ... British Officer (uncredited)

David Torok ... British Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Fung 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chia-lu Chang  screenplay
Kuo-fu Chen  story
Hsiao-tse Cheng  screenplay

Produced by
David Chan .... associate producer
Kuo-fu Chen .... executive producer
Stephen Fung .... producer
Helen Li .... associate producer
Zhongjun Wang .... executive producer
Zhongjun Wang .... producer
Zhonglei Wang .... executive producer
Daniel Wu .... producer
Ken Wu .... associate producer
Tingkai Yang .... associate producer
Dajun Zhang .... producer
 
Original Music by
Katsunori Ishida 
 
Cinematography by
Yiu-Fai Lai (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hsiao-tse Cheng 
Matthew Hui 
Zhang Jialu 
Zhang Weili 
 
Production Design by
Tim Yip  (as Timmy Yip)
 
Art Direction by
Tim Yip  (as Timmy Yip)
 
Production Management
Jason Pomerantz .... production manager (IMAX Version)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Chan .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Nopawat Likitwong .... sound mixer
Traithep Wongpaiboon .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Chas Chi-Shing Chau .... visual effects supervisor
Pui-Kin Ho .... visual effects supervisor
Yu Lei .... compositor
Yuen Fai Ng .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Pierre Bourdaud .... stunt performer
Andy Cheng .... additional action choreographer
Kam Kong Chow .... wire coordinator
Paul Philip Clark .... stunt performer
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung .... action director
Chi Kit Lee .... wire supervisor
Ke Ming Lin .... assistant action choreographer
Shen Si .... martial arts consultant
David Torok .... stunt performer
Yu Hai Wei .... assistant action director
Ming-kin Wong .... assistant action choreographer
Guo Yang .... assistant action director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kwai Yuen Li .... d.i.t.
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nicole Yuen .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Ron Chan .... assistant editor (Chan Chung Ming)
Yang Xiao .... editing consultant
 
Music Department
Katsunori Ishida .... musical director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tai Chi 0" - China (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for violence and martial arts action throughout
Runtime:
USA:98 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Followed by Tai Chi Summit (????)See more »
Soundtrack:
Claire de LuneSee more »

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10 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Tai Chi 0 = Something Old + Something New, 4 October 2012
Author: dont_b_so_BBC from The Far East

First off, I would recommend Tai Chi 0-- if only I can decide whether to recommend watching in the theaters or waiting to watch it back-to-back with its sequel on DVD... Cos most of my issues with Tai Chi 0 has to do with how it tries (& fails?) to "stand alone" as an inconclusive (inconsequential?) prequel. I mean, how would you feel if you found out that the hilariously "over-sold" trailer (in English, Mandarin and various Chinese dialects) circulating for Tai Chi 0 is actually a trailer for-- and contains footage from-- both this movie and its sequel?

It is also easy to see why Tai Chi 0 elicits such a wide variety of opinions-- it has something old and something new, and they are not so much "meshed together" as "layered on"... The old stuff is everything you would expect from an old-school kung-fu flick, and the new stuff is the latest fads in video-game aesthetics-- so depending on which way you lean, you might find as much "forced humor" (if you expected kung-fu drama) as "forced melodrama" (if you expected video-game hi-jinks). Nowhere as wacky and creative as Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer nor as elegant and nostalgic as Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, director Stephen Fung's Tai Chi is more of a new take on the "kung-fu film as comic-book fantasy" genre in the vein of the "Storm Riders/Warriors" franchise.

And as someone who enjoys an old-school kung-fu flick as much as the latest video games, Tai Chi 0 literally pulled me around in different directions. On the one hand, I liked that the corny 1970's convention of kung-fu actors shouting out their styles/moves now comes with animated sur-titles and graphics; on other hand, the graphical "overlay" somewhat distracts from the sheer joy of watching Sammo Hung's seasoned fight choreography being pulled off by actors who's gone through martial arts training. So for my tastes, the core story and conflicts are presented too fluffily while the visual gimmicks are sprinkled on too liberally.

Perhaps this is due to Tai Chi 0 being a prequel that sets up a main story and conflict which will only be seen in later movies-- despite a lengthy introduction of the protagonist's story arc early on, Tai Chi 0 is really about how the old master Chen and his daughter deal with the forced relocation of their village. And fortunately, veteran actor Tony Leung easily carried off the central drama of film as the old master Chen, while the newcomers simply played up their kung-fu movie stereotypes (feisty girl, dorky guy, etc). Tai Chi 0 starts hitting its stride in its 2nd half-- when this historically relevant but made-up narrative (the original Chen village, now a small town, is still around) comes to the fore-- and doesn't let up until old master Chen finally unleashes his kung-fu.

I mean, for all of Tai Chi 0's "light touch", there's no disguising the fact that this is an old-school "blood-and-gluts" kung-fu story in a historical-fantasy setting-- with 3 on-screen deaths of named characters in the first 15 minutes and another in the later half of the movie-- and had it gotten much better writing and directing, I'm sure I wouldn't have missed any of post-production stylistics one bit. Cos the final and best fight in the movie for me involved nothing more than getting Tony Leung into 2 months of Tai Chi boot camp, some good old-fashioned wire-work, and a big wind machine. But in contrast, one of my favorite bits was the protagonist running around the village like a first person RPG video gamer searching for a quest reward... See what I mean about this movie tearing me apart?

If I sound like I'm quibbling, I am.... Tai Chi 0 is quite enjoyable, if not really memorable, and does a good enough job setting up the sequel. But as a kung-fu film, it is just nowhere as coherent or satisfying as the classics-- cos where Stephen Chow or Ang Lee would take great care to introduce audiences to the "reality" of their kung-fu fantasies and set things up for dramatic/comic effect, Stephen Fung crams the protagonist's entire back-story into the first 15 minutes of the movie before dropping him into a side role-- and then randomly (cleverly?) adds glowing eyes, X-ray film perspectives and even a First-Person Sequence?!

So in the end, pardon me for submitting this review but reserving my vote until I get to see the sequel...

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