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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.

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Woo-Ping Yuen (as Yuen Woo Ping)

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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 ... Master Jueyuan (as Lau Shun)
Hai Yu Hai Yu ... Head Master
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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


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Rated R for martial arts violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

18 November 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Twin Warriors 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

When the training monks are standing on their heads you can see the posts in the ground holding some of the monks up. 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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The U.S. version is essentially the same as the Hong Kong version, sans one scene where the monks in the Shaolin temple are all seen sleeping while standing on their heads. See more »

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Jet Li Shines In "Twin Warriors"
23 October 2006 | by titan-28See all my reviews

"Twin Warriors" is one of my favorite Jet Li movies. It is about two monks who grow up together and befriend one another. After getting kicked out of their temple, they have to live in the world outside of the temple for the first time of their lives. Unfamiliar with the real world and how it works, they end up choosing different paths. In the end they end up fighting one another and throw their long friendship out the window. Also joining them is Michelle Yeoh, famous for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", and does a good job as well. The story is pretty good, and it even has some funny moments. There is no sexuality or hard language which is good for this film. The action in it is over the top and non-stop. It is definitely why you would want to see this movie, all different kinds of combat and martial arts. You have one on one fights, huge wars, hand to hand combat, weapon combat, and even the grab anything and use it as a weapon combat. The dubbing is pretty decent, and I don't think you can even find it in the States with the original voices. There are some minor flaws, like a times you can see wires, or things just look really fake, but it doesn't really take anything away from the film and is very entertaining. If you are a martial arts, Jet Li, or action fan, you should like this one. It has an R rating, but really could be PG-13 as there isn't anything very gory or sexual.


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