Tai Chi Zero is stuck in an East-meets-West, Old-meets-New conundrum. From a filmmaking perspective, it’s a perfect blend. Director Stephen Fung has taken a dull kung-fu tale, and imbued with modern sensibilities that playfully break the fourth wall, and use video game and anime inspirations in the visual style. However, Fung can’t reconcile his style with the script’s anti-technology themes. Tai Chi Zero can be light, goofy fun, but it’s eventually dragged down by its familiar story, paper-thin characters, and confused subtext.
A couple new clips to share with you this evening:
- Stephen Fung’s Tai Chi Zero, a mash-up of steam-punk and kung-fu, stars Yuan Xiaochao, Angelababy, Tony Leung, Ka Fai and Shu Qi. Tai Chi Zero opens stateside in limited release on October 19th. Check out the trailer if you missed it earlier.
- Co-written by Lena Dunham (Girls) and director Ry Russo-Young (You Won’t Miss Me) comes Nobody Walks, starring John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Jane Levy and Rosemarie DeWitt. Nobody Walks also opens October 19th.
Hit the jump to check out the clips.
We’ve got a pair of kung-fu mash-up trailers for you today. First up from the creators of Ip Man is a new trailer for Stephen Fung’s Tai Chi Zero, one that showcases a combo of traditional kung-fu accented by a steam-punk aesthetic and accompanied by dub-step. The film stars Yuan Xiaochao, Angelababy, Tony Leung, Ka Fai and Shu Qi. Tai Chi Zero opens stateside in limited release on October 19th.
In an Ip Man connection of sorts, the second trailer features star Donnie Yen in Dragon, a feudal kung-fu drama mashed up with a noir detective piece. The Peter Ho-Sun Chan film also stars Takeshi Kaneshiro as a detective trying to uncover Yen’s characters secret past. Dragon opens here in limited release starting November 30th. Hit the jump for both trailers, synopses and posters.
Director Stephen Fung’s Tai Chi Zero is set to make its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest this weekend in Austin, TX, and we here at Collider are happy to debut one of seven character posters for the film. The pic, which is the first in a planned trilogy, is described as a stylish pop-art take on the life of Yang-lu Chan and stars Yuan Xiaochao as the founder of the Yang school of tai chi. Yang-lu Chan and his knowledge of Tai Chi is a small village’s only hope when they are overrun by an army of steampunk soldiers bearing strange machines. The steampunk vibe is strong in this character poster for “The Rising Son,” a dude who is equipped to the max with a variety of machinery.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. Tai Chi Zero will debut at Fantastic Fest before opening in theaters on October 19th.