The often-misunderstood form of Ta’i Ch’i Ch’uan, or simply “Tai-Chi,” has been used in Kung Fu flicks before, including Yuen Woo-Ping’s Tai-Chi Master, with Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh. The upcoming Tai-Chi Zero appears to be the very first to blend this beautiful, free-flowing style with a steampunk setting.
This style attracts many westerners for its low-impact kata and health benefits, but is rarely explored in western culture for its actual combat potential. Though beautiful and primarily used in America as a workout and meditation routine, Tai-Chi is a real combat system, with many forgetting that the style has been used to fell skilled boxers in full-contact matches.
The upcoming Tai-Chi Zero seems to be one part Jackie Chan and one part Tetsuo Iron Man, starring a character whose abnormally large forehead makes him both a target for bullies and a master of the form.
With choreography by Sammo Hung, the project has had Jet Li attached in the past and is set to be directed by Stephen Fung of House of Fury. Based loosely on the life of Yang style Tai-Chi founder Yang Luchan, the movie is set to blend reality with fantasy in a feast for the eyes and ears.
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