Tai Chi Zero

Action,Drama

The battle at the centre of this self-proclaimed ‘steampunk-kung fu’ hybrid pits the forces of tradition against those of modernity Discuss this article

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The battle at the centre of this self-proclaimed ‘steampunk-kung fu’ hybrid pits the forces of tradition against those of modernity: A remote village in 19th-century China fights off an incursion from Westernised enemies trying to bring the railroad to the region. The film itself is similarly torn between old and new impulses, combining a classic martial-arts movie story about a prodigy (Yuan Xiaochao) on a quest for superior wushu knowledge with fancy graphics and animated cut scenes inspired by Capcom video games. If director Stephen Fung’s frenetic visual style is the Red Bull in this cinematic blend, then the dozy plotting is the ice – leaving you feeling momentarily refreshed but ultimately watered down.

By Matt Singer
Time Out Doha,

Tai Chi Zero

  • Duration: 98
  • Released: Thu, 10 Jul
  • Classification: 15+
  • Language: English,Mandarin
  • Director: Stephen Fung
  • Stars: Hark-On Fung, Stephen Fung, Yuan Xiaochao

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