As a t'ai chi player, I watched this film hoping to see a lot of t'aichi (I'd already started running scenarios in my head where the brashyoung Jet Li learns t'ai chi from Michelle Yeoh). In this respect, andonly in this respect, I was disappointed, as this is not a t'ai chifilm but a story about how t'ai chi came to be. In every other respect,I was supremely satisfied. This is first class wuxia, alternating crazyfights with goofy humour, with a little tragedy and philosophy thrownin. Of course this mix will probably be insufferable to anyone whoisn't into wuxia, but if you like the kind of martial arts films wherecombatants call out the name of the move they're about to do, you'lllove this. Incidentally, you'll notice the inspiration for a fight inCharlie's Angels in one of the early scenes: "And this one's calledknocking you on the head."
Action / Comedy
Action / Comedy
Junbao (Jet Li) is a monk who grows up in a Shaolin temple with his friend Tienbao. Their friendly competitions to see who is stronger frequently gets them into trouble. At a competition for promotion to a higher place in Shaolin, Tienbao almost kills another student for cheating and using a concealed weapon. After a disagreement with a master, who refuses to believe Tienbao, a fight erupts which results in Junbao and Tienbao being expelled from the temple. Having lived in a temple their entire lives, they have trouble adapting to the outside world and eventually gets mixed up with local rebels who frequently steal from a corrupt governor and give the proceeds back to the poor. Tienbao, who was always very ambitious and competitive, gets tired and disillusioned by their new lifestyle, accepts an offer by the governor to join his army. The two childhood friends reluctantly decide to go their separate ways. Seeing an opportunity to secure a promotion in the army, Tienbao sets a trap for...
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