THE MOVIE: Tai Chi 0 (aka Tai Chi Zero) is directed by House of Fury’s Stephen Fung with Ip Man’s Sammo Hung serving as action director. The film stars Xiao-chao Yuan, William Feng, Eddie Peng, Shu Qi, Daniel Wu, Tony Leung Ka Fai and Angela Baby.
The film’s plot revolves around Yang (Xiao-chao Yuan), who 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.
Updates: Indiewire reports that Well Go USA will be distributing Tai Chi 0.
Check out the first teaser trailer! In addition, HKMDB.com has posted color promotional “subway” posters for the film. Chinese Films has a new Cannes promotional poster for the film, which reiterates the fact that this is part one of a planned trilogy.
Cityonfire.com has received a press release from Well Go USA stating that Stephen Fung’s Tai Chi 0 will see a theatrical release in North America on October 26th. Variance Films will handle distribution. We’ll keep you posted on how wide the release will be. Says Jason Pfardrescher, Vice President of Well Go USA, of the film: “It’s awesome, it’s martial arts, it’s gorgeous and groundbreaking and a no-brainer. We’re massive fans and freaked out when we saw it.”
It was previously announced that Tai Chi 0 would ultimately become a trilogy of films. Now Chinese Films reports that the first two installments of Tai Chi 0 will hit Chinese theaters only a month apart. The first part releases on September 28th, followed by the second part on October 26th. Both films will screen in 2D and 3D. The cast includes famous Hong Kong stars Daniel Wu, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, and Shu Qi.
The second installment is officially titled Tai Chi Hero. Here’s a new trailer for the first film. Stop over here for a ton of new character posters. The American trailer for the film is online, courtesy of Apple Quicktime. Release date is set for October 19th, 2012. A new Chinese language trailer for the film is now online.
Ten new posters for the film are now online. In an interview with Elle Men, creators Stephen Fung and Daniel Wu express some boredom with the state of the Chinese film industry – filled with costume dramas and romantic comedies – and the desire to shake things up. Fung says: “We’re not sure if [Tai Chi 0] will be successful or not, but at least we tried to change.“ A new Machinima-exclusive trailer is online, featuring an English dubbed voiceover.
Variety posted an interview with newcomer Xiao-chao Yuan, the star of Tai Chi 0. The two-time world champion and gold medalist (in the practice of wushu) states: “I grew up with Jet Li’s movies, and I was influenced by him.”
BREAKING NEWS: Enjoy a clip of a fight scene!