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. –TIFF
Wants to be a hip trend setter bringing martial arts films forward but instead quickly becomes tiresome with its onscreen graphics, jokey credits and kinetic special effects assisted fight choreography. Does deliver in the final reel but frankly the trailer for the next installment looks better than anything on display in zero. Not a total waste by a long shot but nothing special considering its prime festival slots.
"Thai Chi 0" is that kid at the party who desperately wants to be cool and make friends, but whose nonstop consumption of video games and anime has left him unfit for social interaction. Director Stephen Fung trots out a number of cameos from top Chinese talent, including "Infernal Affairs" director Andrew Lau, but defeats the purpose of these sly nods to Hong Kong movie history by literally slapping the stars' names and credentials across the screen. Fung might be forgiven for his overly stylized presentation if the fight sequences were any good. Unfortunately, the choreography from Sammo Hung has been rendered incomprehensible thanks to slow motion and fast cutting. What's the point of casting the 2008 Wushu Champion as your lead hero if you're just going to put him on wires anyway?
Notes on two big budgeted Chinese films: a _wuxia_’s new tricks from old fiction, and a critical mainstream film by Lu Chuan.
TAI CHI ZERO – REVIEW
DIRECTED BY: STEPHEN FUNG
STARS: JAYDEN YUAN, ANGELABABY, TONY LEUNG, EDDIE PENG AND SHU QI
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