TAI CHI 0 (太极之从零开始) is an upcoming Chinese 3D martial arts film directed by Stephen Fung (冯德伦). It marks the acting debut of Xiao-chao Yuan (袁晓超), who plays the lead role. The ensemble cast including Tony Leung Ka-Fai (梁家辉), Angela Baby (杨颖), Eddie Peng (彭于晏), Shaofeng Feng (冯绍峰), Nikki Shie (谢欣颖), Daniel Wu (吴彦祖), and Shu Qi (舒淇). The film was shot back to back along with its sequel, Tai Chi Hero (太极之英雄崛起), with a shared budget and took up to over 284 days just to film as well.
The steampunk martial arts actioner is among the selections for the 37th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF 2012), and set to making its world debut and premiering out of competition at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.
The story centers on a young genius Yang Luchan (Yuan) who travels to Chen Village to learn the forbidden secrets of martial arts, but quickly learns that the village is menaced by a formidable battalion of Steampunk soldiers. The villagers realize that in order to save their home, they must trust this strange outsider with their knowledge of Tai Chi.
- via HuayiTW