Steampunk Martial Arts Movie ‘Tai Chi 0′ Getting A U.S. Theatrical Release In October

With fights by Sammo Hung, produced by Jet Li, and directed by Stephen Fung, this movie featuring dudes in old-timey goggles being kicked in the head is coming to the U.S. theatrically on October 26th.

Here’s the deal: the team behind Tai Chi 0 are in part responsible for 2010’s Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, which was one of my favorite movies of that year. That film was a welcome reprieve from the last few years of sweeping historical epics, bringing martial arts mixed with political intrigues and a supernatural mystery. If you haven’t checked it out, I highly encourage you to grab a copy of Indomina’s DVD or Blu-ray.

Now Tai Chi 0 is on the way later this year with a release in China this fall, followed almost immediately by a stateside theatrical run starting on October 26th via Well Go USA (they’re responsible for quite a few high profile Asian film acquisitions for home video over the last couple of years) and New York-based distributor Variance pictures. The cast includes Shu Qi (The Transporter, Three Times) and Daniel Wu (Protege, the upcoming RZA-directed The Man With the Iron Fists).

Here’s the synopsis from Well Go:

From the creators of DETECTIVE DEE and SHAOLIN SOCCER, featuring martial arts choreography by the legendary Sammo Hung (IP MAN 2: LEGEND OF THE GRANDMASTER), and produced by international megastar Jet Li (HERO, THE EXPENDABLES, FEARLESS), TAI CHI 0 tells the story of Yang Luchan, a young genius who, tired of being picked on, travels to Chen Village to learn the art of Tai Chi. Luchan finds out the hard way that it is forbidden for a villager to teach an outsider when the villagers, from strong men to old women to little children, repeatedly challenge him to a series of fights, all of which he loses quite badly.

But when a frightening army of steampunk soldiers bearing strange machines shows up, the villagers realize that in order to save their home, they must trust this strange outsider with the knowledge of Tai Chi. Directed by Stephen Fung, TAI CHI 0 is the first of a planned trilogy.

You can check out the Chinese trailer below:

So what do you think? It’s been a little while since a major martial arts film got an enthusiastic theatrical release in the U.S.—does this look like something you’d want to support?

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