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 "Tai Chi Hero" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Lu Chan is still trying to find his place in Chen Village, the legendary town where everyone is a martial arts master...and Chen-style Tai Chi is forbidden to outsiders. But since he helped save the town from a frightening steam-powered machine, Chan has a mutant horn on his head gives him incredible kung-fu power. Chen Village still stands in the shadow of danger. As a prodigal brother returns, Lu Chan s presence invokes a curse on the town. Can he save the village from being destroyed by an evil railroad baron?

Specifications

  • Well Go USA
  • 2013, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 46 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English or Mandarin 5.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring : Jayden Yuan, Angelababy, Tony Leung, Eddie Peng
  • Directed by: Shu Qi
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

As an odd martial arts/steam punk film, I found the action and humor to be quite entertaining. The element of an “old way” of life being overcome by the “new steam era” is nothing new, but the story hits all the right notes with a mix of comedy, romance and drama. The fight sequences are well choreographed and the action is plentiful enough that you will not quickly become bored. This film is actually part two of a trilogy and I am going to have to dig up the first one, Tai Chi Zero, then race out to find the finale. Though it is “unrated”, it easily falls into the PG-13 category. If you like Kung Fu flicks, you’ll enjoy this movie.

Technical

Sound and picture are very good (it doesn’t say, but I suspect it was shot digitally). There is a fair amount of talking, so unless you are fluent in Mandarin, I suggest watching with the 5.1 English soundtrack so your eyes can stay glued to the action. The picture is sharp and detailed without evidence of crush in the dark scenes. Flesh tones are acurate and the colors are vibrant. Surrounds are quite lively and the bass has some pretty good punch. Turn it up!

Extras

Kung Fooey! Beside a detailed "making of" featurette, there are only a few movie trailers.