On the occasion of Tai Chi O being accepted into the Toronto International Film Festival, here is its trailer.
The film is the first part of a planned trilogy and will be released in China in late September, then across the US on October 26. Director Stephen Fung opted to shoot this one in 3D, if you hadn’t guessed from the footage above. I hope it gets screened that way, and released on a nice, English-friendly 3D BD.
Because it certainly seems to be a nicely designed film, at least.
Thanks to Film Smash for this plot blurb. They also have eight incredibly high-definition character posters for the film, but I’m not going to let them cripple our servers by hosting them here, nor indeed will I cripple Film Smash by hot linking.
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 the distance to come to 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 TAICHI to an outsider, and Yang learned this the hard way.
Upon arriving at the village, locals discourage Yang by challenging him with fights. From the strong men to hold ladies to children, everyone defeats Yang with their TAICHI moves. After facing the toughest battle and being defeated by Master Chen’s beautiful daughter Yuniang, Yang is determined to master the art of TAICHI and he needs to find Master Chen.
Little does Yang know, the poor strange man who he befriended with is in fact Master Chen who then 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 TAICHI.
One day, a frightening steam-powered machine came 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 decided to join forces with Yuniang to defeat Fang Zijing and destroy the machine. This brave act may just win the hearts of the villagers….