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Twin Warriors (Widescreen)
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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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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.
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.
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.
The DVD version has much better picture quality than the VHS version and it is in widescreen (the VHS version has the sides chopped sometimes chopping parts of the subtitles!).
The spoken language on the DVD is in English (dubbed), compared with Chinese (Cantonese) with English subtitles on the VHS version. Sadly some of the translation is lost in the English DVD version -- it looks like they made an effort to match the words with the mouths moving, so the translation has been adjusted to fit. This was definately an attempt to help this movie appeal to a widestream English audience rather than just die-hard Hong Kong movie fans.
Dissapointingly the DVD version offers no subtitles or other audio options. I would have liked to see at least the Cantonese soundtrack as well as the English, with English (and other language) subtitles as an option. That way die-hard fans (like me) can watch it in Cantonese and read the subtitles, but the 'main stream' viewers can see it in English.
All-in-all I still enjoyed the DVD version (due to the better picture quality) It makes a nice addition to my Jet Li collection.
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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 morePublished on March 8 2012 by Dianne
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 morePublished on July 7 2004 by Christopher Zimmerman
Jet didn't seem motivated in this one. Michelle Yeoh seemed akward in her role, and Fannie Yuen didn't fit in. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Taddese Zicke
=========ONE OF JET LI'S BEST, JUST LIKE FIST OF LEGEND========= THE FIGHTING, STORY, CHARACTERS, AND THE ACTING ARE VERY WELL DONE. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by C. soriano
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 morePublished on Sept. 4 2003
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 morePublished on Aug. 28 2003 by kay
The Hong Kong releases of this movie are under the title "The Tai-Chi Master" and are universally better than this release. Read morePublished on April 24 2003
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