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Twin Warriors

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Siu-Ho Chin, Fennie Yuen, Cheung-Yan Yuen
  • Directors: Woo-Ping Yuen
  • Writers: David B. Baron, Jack Maeby, Kwong Kim Yip, Michael Sorich, Scott Smith
  • Producers: Jet Li, Bo-Chu Chui
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 8 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305831505
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,441 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)
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Two young men--Jun-Bo (Jet Li) and Chin-Bo (Chin Siu Ho)--were taken in as boys by the monks of the Shaolin Temple, the famous school for martial arts. Jun-Bo is thoughtful and kind, but is easily swayed to misbehavior by the bullying, rebellious Chin-Bo. Their disobedient ways finally get them evicted in disgrace (after a fight with the entire school), and they wander to a nearby town, where they meet two attractive women, Miss Li (Fannie Yuen) and Siu Lin (Michelle Yeoh, a.k.a. Michelle Khan), who are part of a rebel band fighting a corrupt overlord. Chin-Bo's lust for wealth and status leads him to join forces with the overlord. Chin-Bo's treachery drives Jun-Bo insane; Jun-Bo's gradual recovery leads him to develop the discipline of tai chi, with which he ultimately topples the overlord. This plot summary of Twin Warriors doesn't do the movie justice; hardly 10 minutes go by without another spectacular fight sequence--and one of the great things about Hong Kong action movies is that women can often fight as well as the men. Early on in the movie, Siu Lin is searching for her lost husband; when she finds him, she gets into a knock-down, drag-out fight with her husband's new wife. It's unfortunate that the English language script is poor; though the characters are broad and melodramatic, they don't have to be as goofy as the dubbing makes them. Even so, it's a strong outing for Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh, two of Hong Kong's action superstars. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Astro on July 16 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This comment is not about the movie but rather about the brutal treatment it has been subjected to in the process of making this Blu-ray release.
The image quality is average at best. No apparent work whatsoever seems to have been done in order to "clean" the movie in any way: it is blotchy and uneven, with tons of horrible movement artifacts that makes it hardly any better than a good quality DVD. And for an encore, a bonus insult to the "Collector" if you prefer, you can see the wires(!!) used in the fight scenes to prop up the actors in the air...great.
The sound fares even worst if you can believe it. Surround sound is way to loud compared to the voices, ridiculously so, making the whole experience of watching this movie even more painful: action scenes where, per example, chairs breaking and hitting are ridiculously loud whilst you barely hear the dialogues(barely exaggerating..).
So, while I like this movie, this horrible release does not hold a light to it. Very disappointing indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Burdick on Nov. 18 2002
Format: DVD
If at all possible, get the original Chinese/subtitled version of this film under the name, Tai Chi Master. The U.S. edit version, Twin Warriors, cuts out some short but apt scenes that lend extra continuity and humor to an already fine story. The dubbed dialogue also dulls the storyline, foregoes some subtle humor and stunts some of the character development. O.K., so the English subtitles often lay waste proper (English) grammar, spelling and word useage, but that's part of the charm of this type of movie. (Why don't Chinese producers hire proficient, English-as-a-first-language editors to do a final review of the subtitles? I would be willing to do it part-time, for a modest stipend and free copies of the DVDs. :)
This film plays the classic elements of revenge, loyalty, betrayal, and the clearly emerging deliniation, and struggle, between Good and Evil, quite well. Admittedly, some of the wire-work is fantastic, but it lends, not detracts from, the epic scale of the story. Jet Li portrays the "good guy" extremely well, with Michelle Yeoh in a very good supporting role and contributing one of the movie's best one-on-one fight scenes.
I saw this film at the theaters almost ten years ago, when it was first released, and it is still on my personal, "top 10" list of the best kung-fu movies I've ever seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken on March 12 2002
Format: DVD
Spectacular, heaven & earth-shattering martial arts flick, starring Jet Li and the elegant Michelle Yeoh. This movie should satisfy fans of both.
Director Woo-ping Yuen loves to build structures for his actors to clamber around on, giving his films a multi-dimensional quality. This one is no exception, from the looping sword fight on the wooden pyre to the final conflict on the rope platform. The wooden pyre scene is especially frantic where the combatants move freely above, within, and below the structure, which itself shakes and morphs before your eyes. For the viewer, the overall effect is not simply looking at a stage prop, but feeling the textures and elemental qualities of the pyre. No wonder the Wachowski brothers hired Woo-ping to choreograph their action scenes in "The Matrix".
My favorite line (a taunt to Jet Li): "Are you here to dance, or did you come to fight!?"...right before Jet Li delivers the holy hurt on him.
Just my gripes: the DVD format is treated like a cheapo knock-off from a video chop-shop. The viewer is forced to watch two movie promos before getting to the film, during which no FF or menu selection is allowed! I'm fine with the promos, but why force-feed the customer? Also, no option is provided for the original Chinese w/English subtitles and music score. (The dubbing is bearable though).
All in all, highly recommended for all fans of the genre. I'll give 5 stars if this DVD is ever given the proper treatment it deserves.
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Format: DVD
Tai ji Zhang San Feng, also known as Twin Warriors or Tai Chi Master, is a great kung fu movie. How could it not be with Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh? The film also served as my introduction to Chin Siu Ho, who is also very, very good. His kung fu is strong, and he also looks yummy in his warlord uniform.
I'm not certain, but I think one of the martial arts whiz kids at the beginning of the movie is Sze-Man Tsang from Iron Monkey. Unfortunately, I can't find much information on him to double-check. In any case, the kung fu skills of the children are absolutely amazing, and if the story is more than a bit hokey, the movements more than make up for it.
Tai ji Zhang San Feng is a pretty basic tale of good versus evil with lots of assisted stunts. You'll be able to tell which moves needed cables and ropes. The movie also has more than its fair share of preposterous gore scenes, which made my sister run out of the room, ostensibly to hurl. These scenes mostly happen whenever the ethically-retarded Chin Siu Ho gives in a bit more to the dark side. He does some bad, bad things, but looks darned good doing them.
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Format: VHS Tape
I'd probably say this is about the most fun moivie of Jet Li's that's hit the American maket so far. This one is not a serious, tight fisted movie like "Fist of Legend". This one is more of a mainstream Golden Harvest production; corney plot, cheesy wire stunts, but Li and Yoh make it work! I grew up on Golden Harvest movies / Kung-fu theater, and have well learned to get past the cheesy action and just enjoy the action for what it is. If you can too, you will find that this is about the most fun Jet Li movie out there. I own the tape, and watch the thing about once every two weeks! The plot is better than usual; about two opphan kisd who grow up in a Shauo-Lin temple, constantly get in trouble, are fprced to leave, and then gop their seperate ways afterwards. One takes the road of evil, joining the army of a greedy, fashist ruler, the other joining a group of rebles. If you can get past the cheasball stunts, the fight scenes are very enjoyable. Average Golden Harvest movie, but high on fun!
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