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Tai-Chi Master

Tai-Chi Master“Two orphaned boys, one ruthlessly
  ambitious and the other gentle and wise,
  grow up under the guidance of a Kung
  Fu master in the legendary Shaolin
but when the intervention of
  fate sends them in completely different
  directions they fulfil a destiny from
  which only one may return...”

TWO ORPHANED YOUNGSTERS meet in the Shaolin Temple and become friends, disappointed to learn from their master that their keenness to study Kung Fu must be curbed until they understand that Kung Fu should only be used to help others.

Having spied on the older students against their master's orders, the two boys practice together in secret and become skilled beyond their years. But when they reach the age to be tested along with their peers to see which of them will be promoted to Da Mor Hall to further their studies of advanced martial arts techniques, the ambitious Tian Bao (Chin Siu Ho: Fist Of Legend) loses his temper with his opponent for cheating and forgets the golden rule that they should restrain themselves during the contest.

His friend Jun Bao (Jet Li: Fearless; The Forbidden Kingdom) leaps to his defence and the two find themselves fighting the entire class in a terrific martial arts sequence using Luo Han Poles before being banished from the Temple for "ferocious intent".

Before long, Tian Bao and Jun Bao are in trouble again. Having helped a young lute player, Siu Lin (Michelle Yeoh: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), who is searching for her husband, and another young woman who was receiving some unwanted attention, the two young monks find themselves in the company of underground rebels who have a price on their heads.

With Governor Liu, his sister and the royal eunuch Liu Jin comes untold cruelty as the soldiers extract taxes from everyone to fund the barbaric regime. In The Laughing Buddha restaurant there is a magnificent display of martial arts, including flying fists, feet and furniture, which has to be seen to be believed.

But Tian Bao is still determined to rise to fame and riches and he sets off to join the army while Jun Bao throws in his lot with the freedom fighters. Having chosen their different paths, Tian Bao's ruthless ambition knows no bounds. And when Siu Lin is captured and faces certain death, Jun Bao has to face the man who was once his friend and fight for freedom and truth: "There are always guiding fates."

Tai-Chi Master
is a spectacular martial arts action thriller with beautiful images and moderate violence. In Chinese with English subtitles that are easy to read, the film has a story that takes every advantage of the most amazingly visual fight sequences.

Action superstars Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh team up with celebrated action-Director Yuen Woo-Ping (The Matrix Trilogy), to deliver one of the most kinetic and inventive martial arts adventures of all time.

Tai-Chi Master also features: Fannie Yuen as Miss Li; Yuen Cheung Yan as Rev Ling; Lau Shun as Master; and Yue Hoi as Head Master. Associate Producer is Julia Chu; Art director is Fu Tak Lam; Production Designer is Raymond Li; Martial Arts Choreographers are Yuen Woo Ping, Yuen Cheung Yan and Ku Huen Chiu; Director of Photography is Tom Lau (HKSC); Music is by Wu Wai Lap; Edited by Angie Lam; Screenplay by Ip Kwong Kim; Produced by Jet Li; and Directed by Uen Woo Ping.

Showcasing his trademark speed, agility and explosive power, Jet Li is a true force of nature in this matchless movie event that delivers scene after scene of truly spectacular martial arts combat as Tai-Chi Master comes to DVD and Blu-ray on 26 April 2010. Certificate: 18 | Price: 17.99.

"Tai-Chi Master is a spectacular martial arts action thriller with beautiful images" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

Special Features

Nemesis: An exclusive interview with star Chin Siu Ho | The Birthplace of Tai-Chi: On location in Chen Village | Meditations On The Master: Director Brett Ratner and critic Elvis Mitchell on Director Yuen Woo Ping | Twin Warriors: Critic Elvis Mitchell and Director Brett Ratner discuss Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh | Original Home Video Trailer.