Kung Fu Meets Steampunk in Trailers & Clips for ‘Tai Chi Zero’

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What happens when you mix kung fu, steampunk, comic books, video games, and dub step all together? You get the above trailer for the new film Tai Chi Zero, from director Stephen Fung.

The movie, which features fight choreography by the legendary Sammo Hung (Ip Man, Ip Man 2), is an odd but compelling mish-mash of genres that is reminiscent of such modern classics as Kung Fu Hustle (with a dash of Scott Pilgrim thrown in for good measure).

Here’s the official synopsis:

As an uncommonly gifted child, Yang Luchan had a fleshy abnormality that holds tremendous power growing on his forehead. However, being teased as the town fool, Yang’s mother spurs him to practice martial arts, and following her wishes, Yang travels to the distant Chen Village to learn TAI CHI. At this legendary village everyone practices TAI CHI and uses TAI CHI in every aspect of their lives. Nevertheless, it is forbidden for a villager to disclose TAI CHI to an outsider, which Yang learns the hard way.

Upon arriving at the village, locals discourage Yang by challenging him with fights. From the strong men to old ladies to children, everyone defeats Yang with their TAI CHI moves. After facing the toughest battle and being defeated by Master Chen’s beautiful daughter Yuniang, Yang is determined to master the art of TAI CHI and goes in search of Master Chen. Little does Yang know, the poor strange man who he befriended is in fact Master Chen who had saved him from the duel with Yuniang. Master Chen realizes Yang’s genius and disguises himself to secretly guide Yang to his self realization of TAI CHI.

One day, a frightening steam-powered machine comes to the village, lead by Fang Zijing, a childhood friend of Yuniang. He has bribed government officials to permit him to build a railway that will run straight through the village. Yang decides to join forces with Yuniang to defeat Fang Zijing and destroy the machine. This brave act may just win him the hearts of the villagers….

And check out an even goofier “Ultimate” trailer and two clips from Tai Chi Zero:

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At its heart, Tai Chi Zero has a very traditional plot – an outsider wins over a small town by learning kung fu and helping them defeat a greater threat. But visually, the movie is all over the map (in a good way). It may not play well to general audiences, but this movie is tailor-made for not only kung fu fans, but all kinds of nerds.

Tai Chi Zero comes out in limited release this weekend, October 19th, 2012. If you’re a kung fu fan, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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  1. I’m gonna watch the $h!t out that movie.

  2. Too many cuts and close ups in those trailers :(
    The old King Fu Movies,example Jackie Chan do it right…long takes,show the action and let the energy flow ! Too bad Hong Kong and China imitate western technics more and more in filming those Movies !

    Anyway,will give the Movie a try,hope there is still some awesome fight in..it’s Sammo Hung !

  3. looks so damn stupid and the trashy overly enthusiastic commentary in the 1st vid doesn’t really help promote or encourage people to check out this random PoS.

    fact is, china sucks at cinema, they always have and will, how anyone can watch old school martial arts movies (chan and lee era) and call them ‘good’ or ‘decent’ is beyond my knowledge. compared to modern action movies, chinese action movies suck b/c they either screw things with wire work stuff, over exaggerate things and add cheesy sound effects (like the old movies) or just downright dont know wtf they’re doing. the only exception being donnie yen movies which generally tend ot have good choreography and high impact fight scenes in them :)

    • To everybody his own !
      But in my opinion,many Chinese Movies are really good,get even remade in other countries.
      And about action,most could learn more then a couple of things in how to make a good action scene if they would watch the good old HK Movies mid 80′s to mid 90′s ! Best action flicks ever,most western Movies can’t keep up ! Those guys need no stuntmen to do their work..real action !

      • I own over 50, yes you read that correctly, 50 jackie chan films, most of them are obviously are made in china or hong kong, and some of them i consider some of the best action films ever.

    • I was gonna call you out for being a racist, but since you mentioned Donnie Yen, all is forgiven ^^

      I do admit the quality of mainland/HK movies (on average) isn’t too good, and can use some improvement

      but I think you should give a little more credit to Jackie Chan, for his career made out of dangerous stuntwork

  4. now i´m a fan of the shaw-brothers studio´s movies from the 70s till mid 90s, i´m not a fan of too much things mashed-up like in this movie.

  5. I like this!!!

  6. If you liked Kung fu hustle this is for you
    Stephen Fung is very talented. Enter the Phoenix was flat out one of the funniest ills I have ever seen

  7. Now that’s just plain awesome.

  8. this looks like a good movie but I believe they got something wrong the title because this is not steampunk

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