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Tai ji 1: Cong ling kai shi (2012)

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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.

Director:

Stephen Fung

Writers:

Chia-Lu Chang (screenplay) (as Chia-lu Chang), Kuo-Fu Chen (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hark-On Fung ... Lao Zhao
Xiaochao Yuan ... The Freak (as Jayden Yuan)
Stephen Fung ... Nan
Eddie Peng ... Fang Zi Jing (as Eddie Peng Yu-Yen)
Qi Shu ... Mother Yang
Shaofeng Feng ... Chen Zai Yang (as Feng Shao Feng)
Siu-Lung Leung ... Dong
Angelababy ... Chen Yu Niang
Stanley Sui-Fan Fung ... Grand Uncle (as Tsui-Fan Fung)
Di Wu Di Wu ... Chen You Zhi
Sicheng Chen ... Chen Geng Yun (as Chen Si Cheng)
Naijin Xiong Naijin Xiong ... Chen Geng Yun's Wife
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Chen Chang Xing / Laborer
Da Ying Da Ying ... Governor
Wenkang Yuan
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The Mirrors Truth
Written by Stromblad, Friden, and Gelotte
Performed by In Flames
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Nice, but could be better
10 December 2012 | by adhiparSee 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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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

27 September 2012 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Tai ji 1: Cong ling kai shi See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,094, 21 October 2012

Gross USA:

$212,094

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,317,376
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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