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Last year’s martial arts/steampunk action/comedy film Tai Chi Zero was explicitly designed to be followed by a sequel — the two films shot back to back — and now that second film, Tai Chi Hero, is almost upon us. (It was released in Hong Kong last fall.) A variety of posters are being revealed today highlighting characters from the film, and we’ve got the villain.

More than anything else this line in the synopsis for the second film makes me very curious: “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.” Lu Chan is the hero of the title, and I love the idea of a trade-off in power represented there. It’s a video game concept, and these films embrace such things whole-heartedly. But it’s also a classic idea inspired by tales that are centuries old, where the thing that gives a character power also destroys them.

See the poster and a trailer below. Read More »

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Must Watch: Trailer for Tsui Hark’s Detective Dee

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It has been a while since Tsui Hark was on top of the Hong Kong film scene. But for anyone who was knee deep in HK flicks through the ’80s and ’90s, the name should still be enough to pique some interest.

If you didn’t have the good fortune to live through that fantastic movie boom, or if the name isn’t enough, just check out the trailer for his latest film, Detective Dee. This is a mad collection of great images, and if the film is even half as visually exciting, it could be a real return to form for Hark. Read More »

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