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Twin Warriors (Widescreen)

Jet Li , Michelle Yeoh , Woo-ping Yuen    R (Restricted)   DVD
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for Tai Chi Master; 4 for Twin Warriors 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Martial Action Filmmaking March 12 2002
By Ken
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A great movie with a few strings attached Oct. 21 2001
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Jet Li, for what it is... April 25 2001
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remastering of a classic title Dec 27 2000
Format:DVD
A surprisingly-good U.S. rendition of the Jet Li title "Tai Chi Master" (also available from Hong Kong on DVD as a region-free import). Two boys growing up in a Shaloin monastery together (Jet Li and the dependable Chin Siu Ho) eventually diverge in their personal paths. Li is more modest and demure; Ho aggressive and bullying. When the two are thrown out of the monastery for a grave infraction of the rules, they set out on the road together and wind up getting involved with a crew of tax rebels (led in part by Michelle Yeoh, who is never less than terrific). Unfortunately, Ho decides to join the emperor's army, instead....
A plot synopsis doesn't do justice to the absolutely frenzied pacing of this movie: the fighting comes fast, furious and fantastic, with wire stunts, incredible gimmicks and gag setups, weapons galore, and the best use of a slippery floor in a fight I've seen since "God of Cookery." Broadly funny scenes merge nicely with melodrama and action with a grace that we don't see much of. Excellent quality print, too (although it's not 16x9, darn it!), far better than the import edition. Unfortunately, the lack of a Chinese-language option really hurts this one, since the dub script is stilted and unconvincing (as is the case with most HK imports). Still more than worth it, and a good way to get started with either Jet Li or HK movies in general.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Special Collector's Edition !?! Crappiest transfer ever!!
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. Read more
Published on July 16 2012 by Astro
5.0 out of 5 stars I was very disappointed with this item. I thought it would show the...
I only watched the first 10 minutes and realized this was a terrible mistake - it did not show any of the tai chi moves and was for teenage boys. Read more
Published on March 8 2012 by Dianne
3.0 out of 5 stars good movie
this movie is very good but like most of Jet Li's flicks the plot and continuity are strange. Worth owning if you are a die hard martial arts fan but, if you are selective, you... Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Christopher Zimmerman
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
Jet didn't seem motivated in this one. Michelle Yeoh seemed akward in her role, and Fannie Yuen didn't fit in. Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by Taddese Zicke
5.0 out of 5 stars --------------------------TAI CHI MASTER--------------------
=========ONE OF JET LI'S BEST, JUST LIKE FIST OF LEGEND========= THE FIGHTING, STORY, CHARACTERS, AND THE ACTING ARE VERY WELL DONE. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by C. soriano
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY INTERESTING
I am a new Tai Chi student and I watched to observe the form. I watched the whole movie and then watched again in 1/8 of the speed to see the moves clearly. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars my oh my...
Although this is a stunning film with great stunts (seeing the wires once in a while doesn't really spoil anything), I have to admit that I was fairly annoyed with the... Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2003 by kay
1.0 out of 5 stars Look for an earlier version.
The Hong Kong releases of this movie are under the title "The Tai-Chi Master" and are universally better than this release. Read more
Published on April 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi too?!!?!
Featuring a cast of awesome wushu practitioners, this is a gem in the Jet Li line-up. And the Tai Chi-esque performance done at the end makes this a fun lineup.
Published on March 20 2003 by lafnjack
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE!
i rented this movie and while the movie is probably pretty good, Miramax completely ruined it by DUBBING it and not offering an original Chinese track w/ Eng subtitles. Read more
Published on March 9 2003 by Ryan
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