TAI CHI 0 Comes to the USA on October 26th 2012!
It looks like Well Go has more up their sleeves than just giving away custom Nike shoes (the weirdest contest I think I've linked to). They've picked up TAI CHI ZERO, the first installment of a planned trilogy of steampunk tai chi movies. Jet Li is on it as a producer, and Sammo Hung did the fight choreography. Sign me up.
TAI CHI ZERO hits US theaters on 26th October 2012.
Here's the synopsis from the press release:
From the creators of DETECTIVE DEE and SHAOLIN SOCCER, featuring martial arts choreography by the legendary Sammo Hung (IP MAN 2: LEGEND OF THE GRANDMASTER), and produced by international megastar Jet Li (HERO, THE EXPENDABLES, FEARLESS), TAI CHI 0 tells the story of Yang Luchan, a young genius who, tired of being picked on, travels to Chen Village to learn the art of Tai Chi. Luchan finds out the hard way that it is forbidden for a villager to teach an outsider when the villagers, from strong men to old women to little children, repeatedly challenge him to a series of fights, all of which he loses quite badly.
But when a frightening army of steampunk soldiers bearing strange machines shows up, the villagers realize that in order to save their home, they must trust this strange outsider with the knowledge of Tai Chi. Directed by Stephen Fung, TAI CHI 0 is the first of a planned trilogy.
Now, what interests me more than anything about this is that according to IMDb, the movie comes out in Chinaa mere month before. This collapsing of what were once insanely long windows between US and Asian release dates is something I've wanted for years.
The North American Teaser Trailer is allegedly dropping soon, according to the official Facebook page.
One last thing. They gave us the exclusive debut of the character poster for "The Villain", who looks real fancy:
So, steampunk martial arts movie with Sammo Hung choreography. Sound interesting?
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June 12, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST
by rakesh patel
June 12, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST
by Doctor Manhattan
sometimes things got ridiculous. Will definitely check this out, hope it has decent distribution.
June 12, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST
Heh - Made me think of "Tai-chi Master", the one he did w/ Michelle Yeoh...Can't believe that flick's almost 20 years old!
June 12, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST
June 12, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST
June 12, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST
June 12, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST
For once, you are right.
June 12, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST
June 12, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST
Chen village you say?
June 12, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST
That one was an INSANE film. Lots of swordfigting flying upside down.
June 12, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST
Love that movie. I wonder if they will ever remaster Drunken Tai Chi?
June 12, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST
June 12, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST
June 12, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST
by Rob Jenson
. . . about the poster, though. But whatever. Steampunk martial arts? I'm there.
June 12, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST
June 12, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST
by Christian Sylvain
June 12, 2012, 11:35 p.m. CST
by Monty Cristo
often mistaken for something innocuous like yoga, it is actually just as much a martial art as kung fu and so on.
June 13, 2012, 2:28 a.m. CST
Heh. I really want to see this though.
June 13, 2012, 8 a.m. CST
Which means "Grand Ultimate Fist" is indeed a martial art, with a caveat. It's considered to be the highest of a triumverate of "soft" style arts, Pa Kua and Hsing i. Here's the problem--the learning curve is long and steep. For all practical purposes, there are very very few people who can fight using "just" Tai Chi, although the number of high-ranking hard stylists who praise Tai Chi is remarkable. The implication is that Tai Chi demands a level of understanding that goes totally beyond most hard-styles, or MMA-style approaches. Its popularity comes from the fact that the health and meditative benefits are separate from the fighting, and can be explored by people of any age and fitness level. So in 99% of cases you're right to think "they can't fight." But in 1% of cases you'll be devastatingly wrong. Interesting art.
June 13, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST
Steampunk goes hand in hand with the English Victorian age. To a lesser extent the Victorian. This era in Chinese history was addressed by Li in the "Once Upon a time in China" series... Which completely kicked ass.
June 13, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST
What Nike giveaway??
June 13, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST
@hipshot: Well said, my last kung-fu instructor drew HEAVILY from internal styles in his external sparring...
...that said, I would still put what I learned in Krav Maga ahead of any Chinese form I learned if confronted by an attacker
June 13, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST
June 14, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST
by Monty Cristo
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