With the likes of Jet Li, Keanu Reeves, Stephen Fung, Stephen Chow, Jack Black and Anne Hathaway apparently making a variety of new tai chi movies, the demographic of tai chi schools might be about to change from Jerry Garcia types to fans of Tony Jaa and Jackie Chan.
The first of the newest tai chi movies to be released this autumn, and senior citizens in tai chi schools around the world may soon face a confusing and uncomfortable influx of young movie fans wanting to learn spectacular martial arts skills for battling “Steampunk Soldiers” and strange machines.
Tai Chi World News
First out of the gate is Tai Chi Zero ( Officially “TaiChi 0” )
The Huayi Brothers, creators of Shaolin Soccer, are coming forth in September with the first of a new trilogy which retell the story of the famous tai chi master, Yang Luchan. In this version, the legendary Samo Hung choreographs the the story or our young hero who goes to ChenJiaGou to learn tai chi from its birthplace so that he will be able to defend himself against bullies.
This Yang Luchan proves to be a martial arts genius who was born with an abnormal growth of magical power on his forehead. In the legendary Chen village he discovers that the villagers use tai chi power in their daily lives, in much the same way that Shaolin Soccer depicted a petite woman parallel parking her car with a Kungfu Push. The Chen family are loath to teach outsiders and Yang’s attempts to learn the art result in him being defeated by villagers of all ages.
Can Yang convince a crazy old man to lead him to tai chi enlightenment?
Will Yang and the villagers be able to defeat the “Steampunk Soldiers” who bribe corrupt officials to build a railway through ChenJiaGou.
The first film in the trilogy premiered at the TIFF in September 2012, and will hit general theatrical release in October. The second film in the trilogy will be released in 2013. The third film is currently in production.
Get ready, old folks. Movie warrior wannabes are coming to take over your Jerry Garcia conventions.
directed by Stephen Fung
starring Daniel Wu, Shu Qi, Tony Leung Ka Fai
release date October 19, 2012 (In Theaters), September 2012 (TIFF)
The preceding posters and press release are from the TaiChiZero Facebook page