I've been hearing a lot of good things about director Stephen Fung's "Tai Chi Zero," which was released last year in China before coming stateside in various film festivals. While I loved the fights in his previous film, the Donnie Yen-starring "Ip Man," I kind of hated the story and just about everything else. But with his latest, he's moved away from overly-earnest drama to crazy steeampunk martial arts fantasy and I've been intrigued since the first concept art hit.
Now you, me, and everyone else can check "Tai Chi Zero" out when it hits DVD and Blu-ray in January from Well Go USA ("Painted Skin 2," "White Vengeance").
From the official synopsis:
In legendary Chen Village, everyone is a martial arts master, using their powerful Chen Style Tai Chi in all aspects of their lives. Lu Chan has arrived to train, but the villagers are forbidden to teach Chen Style to outsiders, and do their best to discourage him by challenging him to a series of fights. Everyone, from strong men to young children, defeats him using their Tai Chi moves. But when a man from the village's past returns with a frightening steampowered machine and plans to build a railroad through the village at any costs, the villagers realize they may have no choice but to put their faith in Lu Chan... who has a secret power of his own.
While cover art hasn't been revealed, Well Go USA has announced their disc will include a behind-the-scenes featurette, trailers, and music videos. The disc will be out on January 22nd.