Notable Cast: Yuan Xiaochao, Angelababy, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Eddie Peng, Qi Shu
Many people tend to think that kung fu films are redundant. In many ways, those people are right. There is definitely a type of formula to the kung fu film that is a foundation to really build upon in the genre. Yet, it's films like "Tai Chi Zero" that really make that formula unique. In an odd mixture between classic kung fu and the visual comic book style of steam punk, "Tai Chi Zero" modernizes the kung fu film with ambitious energy and the resulting explosion of style and heart is something that may not appeal to everyone, but will certainly garner a vicious and dedicated cult fan base. A cult fan base that I would be more than happy to lead.
Lu Chan (Yuan Xiaochao) was born into a tough world. A birth defect that resulted in an odd bump on his head was the disdain of his father and when his mother perishes, the young boy takes refuge under the watchful eye of a kung fu master garnering troops for a war. What Lu Chan discovers is that this bump is the key to his immense kung fu power and prowess, but when his master is slain in battle he retreats to a remote village to learn inner kung fu. Unfortunately, the locals are not that interested in teaching him and when a scorned young man returns bearing western technology they have bigger issues to deal with.
Unfortunately, the film does falter at times giving us the depth needed to sustain the energetic bursts of high wire fighting and oddities of humor. I can't really fault the film too much in how its plot progression works and the odd character development that it cuts out because it does have one thing that prevents me from truly analyzing it as a whole...it's only half of the story. The film literally just ends half way. We don't get any kind of falling action, we don't really see any end to any characters full arcs, and we sure as hell are left with a cliff hanger. In all honestly, I have to dock the movie a bit for leaving me in a frenzy by not knowing how it ends...but then again now I'm stoked to see the next one.
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Written By Matt Reifschneider
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