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Tai-Chi Master (1993)

Tai ji: Zhang San Feng (original title)
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Two friends, ex Shaolin monks, part ways as they brush with the ongoing rebellion against the government. The ambitious one rises up to be a powerful military commander, while his betrayed friend resorts to learn the calm ways of Tai Chi.

Director:

Woo-Ping Yuen (as Yuen Woo Ping)

Writers:

David B. Baron (english adaptation), Jack Maeby (english adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Shun Lau ... Master Jueyuan (as Lau Shun)
Hai Yu Hai Yu ... Head Master
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kam Kong Chow Kam Kong Chow
Yung-Chang Ho Yung-Chang Ho
Jian Kui Sun Jian Kui Sun ... Royal Eunuch / Liu Jin
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Storyline

Junbao (Jet Li) is a monk who grows up in a Shaolin temple with his friend Tienbao. Their friendly competitions to see who is stronger frequently gets them into trouble. At a competition for promotion to a higher place in Shaolin, Tienbao almost kills another student for cheating and using a concealed weapon. After a disagreement with a master, who refuses to believe Tienbao, a fight erupts which results in Junbao and Tienbao being expelled from the temple. Having lived in a temple their entire lives, they have trouble adapting to the outside world and eventually gets mixed up with local rebels who frequently steal from a corrupt governor and give the proceeds back to the poor. Tienbao, who was always very ambitious and competitive, gets tired and disillusioned by their new lifestyle, accepts an offer by the governor to join his army. The two childhood friends reluctantly decide to go their separate ways. Seeing an opportunity to secure a promotion in the army, Tienbao sets a trap for... Written by Adam Hsieh

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Une rencontre de légende


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for martial arts violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

18 November 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Tai-Chi Master See more »

Filming Locations:

China

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

At the opening and closing scene of the film, Jet Li's character, Jun Bao (aka Zhang Sanfeng), is seen practicing Yang style Tai Chi in front of a large group of students. This would not have been possible because Jun Bao was born in the 12th century and Yang Tai Chi was not created until the 19th century. 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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Connections

Featured in The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture (2002) See more »

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Top of the line martial arts film
23 August 2001 | by claudonioSee all my reviews

"Twin Warriors" is one of the best martial arts films I have seen, there are at least 20 different fight scenes all of them spectacular. Jet Li does a good job of acting here, he isn't as serious as he usually is, Michelle Yeoh who proved she could kick ass in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" shows her skills here as well. The action scenes for the most part are believeable, a few of them go over the top but other than that I was totally into them, if you're looking for pure martial arts action with a decent story and acting, give Twin Warriors a look.


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