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Lu Chan (Jayden Yuan) is still trying to find his place in Chen Village, the legendary town where everyone is a martial arts master…and Chen-style Tai Chi is forbidden to outsiders. But since he helped save the town from a frightening steam-powered machine, Yuniang (Angelababy), beautiful daughter of Grandmaster Chen (Tony Leung Ka-Fai), agrees to marry Lu Chan and bring him into the family. It’s only a formality, though – and that suits Lu Chan just fine, as the mutant horn on his head gives him incredible kung-fu power, but leaves him dumber each time, and closer to death.
Chen Village still stands in the shadow of danger. A prodigal brother returns, Lu Chan’s presence invokes a curse on the town, and Yuniang’s scorned fiancée has an appetite for revenge, as well as some new partners in crime.
"Tai Chi Hero" is the long awaited sequel to "Tai Chi Zero" and the second film in a planned trilogy about the people of Chen Village. The film starts off by getting everyone caught up on what has happened so far in the first film then it jumps right into the story and the wedding of Master Chen Chang Xing's daughter to and the young misfit in order for him to properly learn their style of Martial Arts. Yuniang agrees to the wedding because the misfit saved her life but she instructs him to act like a student, call her master and sleep on the floor and not in the bed. It provides a good bit of humor but you cannot help but feel the two will soon find romance. Everything seems to be normal in the little village but what they do not know is that Fang's army is fast approaching the village.
In a lot of ways Hero is a lot like Zero but we would not want it any other way, it still has the incredible fight scenes from Sammo Hung and all the same humor as well but Hero is also a bit more dramatic than Zero. It takes a bit more time to focus on the characters and their relationships with each other.
If you loved the first film as much as I did then you are going to enjoy this one as well, as far as action goes this one might not pack the same punch but it makes up for it with a bit more family time. If you have not seen the first film yet I recommend that you do before watching this one. Both are terrific films and Hero really does a great job setting the stage and getting you excited for the final chapter. I for one cannot wait to see how it all ends.
Available on DVD and Blu-ray, both come with Special Features that include:
Original Language: Mandarin
Dubbed Language: English
Subtitle: English, Mandarin, Spanish
Extra: From Zero to Hero - Making of
If there is one thing that I found wrong about this release is that it only contain full English Subtitles which mean you have to have them all showing even if you want to watch the film with the English audio. This seems to be an ongoing problem for Well Go which needs to be fixed soon I hope. Other than that I loved everything about the film and highly recommend it to all fans of Asian Cinema.
Released by Well Go USA
***** Out Of *****