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Daniel Wu as a Mysterious Monk in “Tai Chi Hero”

By on October 18, 2012

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Stephen Fung’s (馮德倫) Tai Chi <太極> film franchise is the most expensive Chinese speaking kung fu movie produced. After last month’s successful release of Tai Chi Zero <太極1從零開始>, the second installment, Tai Chi Hero <太極2英雄崛起> in 3D, will be in theaters on October 25.

The Tai Chi film series combine innovative elements such as fusion Kung fu, hi-tech villains with giant robots, western steampunk elements, a non-traditional martial arts hero, and a superb cast. The upcoming Tai Chi Hero continues the martial arts journey of Yuan Xiaochao (袁晓超) from the first movie. Starring in the sequel will also be Daniel Wu (吳彥祖), William Feng (馮紹峰), Angelababy, Tony Leung (梁家輝) and veteran actor Patrick Tse (謝賢) to anchor the movie.

In the movie, the usually cool and charming Daniel Wu changes his usual image and becomes a mysterious monk. Daniel’s plays a bald headed monk, dressed in plain and worn clothing. His face is covered with exaggerated scars and scabs. He is wrinkled all over, has a sloppy and unshaven beard, and wears a depressed look on his face.

To ensure he portrayed the mysterious kung fu master successfully, Daniel was not afraid to have a hideous image. To get the best effect, hours were spent on the makeup. He said, “My character is cool looking, and no one will forget him. This will give me a chance to attract viewers’ attention and make them watch how I act and perform.”

Tai Chi destroys the Lion Roar Attack

In Tai Chi Hero, Daniel’s character is mysterious and unpredictable – he shows up and leaves without a trace. His actions are anything but logical. Throughout the film, he provokes the character who was kind enough to take him in. Even to a point of challenging him with fights, and he is continuously causing trouble. However, as the movie progresses, he starts explaining the truth behind his actions, and tells the story of how his life/fate was transformed.

In the movie, veteran actor Patrick Tse also portrays a mysterious martial arts guru. As a kind-hearted and peaceful person, Patrick hides in a mountain to train his apprentices, but nevertheless attracts the attention of the martial arts world. He accidentally runs into Daniel, and one thing leads to another. The confrontation evolves into a great fighting duel. Patrick was agile, and using Tai Chi to avoid Daniel’s attack: every single move shows his kung fu expertise. Daniel uses his “Lion Roar” attack, displaying his strong internal force.

Tai Chi Hero’s fight scenes are exciting displays of art and choreography that intensify the story line.

Acting on the same stage as Patrick Tse, Daniel Wu’s performance deserves praise. In the movie, the two perform an excellent fight scene together. Outside the movie, Daniel appeared to be deeply inspired by Patrick as a veteran actor.

Watch “Tai Chi Hero” Trailer

Source: QQ.com

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  • Readers' Comments (16)

    1. aptos says:

      Daniel Wu is another underrated actor who is low profile.

    2. Woot says:

      I don’t think he’s underrated at all. His acting is not really that great, but he’s getting a lot more attention because of his mixed-race attraction and high exposure in the entertainment industry. Not low profile to me, at least.

      • what says:

        “he’s getting a lot more attention because of his mixed-race”


        • Sweety says:

          Woot, what did you mean by ‘his mixed race attraction’? I thought he’s fully chinese? Or you meant he didn’t look chinese and that’s why people like him because of his e non-chinese appearance?

          Anyway, I totally agree with you. I don’t think he’s underrated at all nor is he low profile. In fact, he is really overrated (so do many hk celebrities, especially tvb) because he can’t really act nor does he have any other talents that are needed in entertainment industry. His handsome face is the one that helps him survive in entertainment industry.

        • Sweety says:

          Oops, wrong reply. I should reply to woot instead of what.

        • Jen says:

          He is pure Chinese. I think he is overrated but really really good looking. He was good in New Police Story.

        • Woot says:

          You mean he’s 100% Chinese? See! Even I thought he looks mixed and has a pretty face, that’s why it does help to be good looking :) my personal preference in guys is not this type though…I must be not normal :P

    3. Funn Lim says:

      Couldn’t recognise him at all. And he is not underrated, he is to me overrated but he has a dedicated fanbase.

    4. Ita says:

      Acting so so but good bod and face. :D. He is quite lucky in career wise. Don’t think he is underrated. Can’t really sure with his acting. Not that bad but ok lar.

    5. Kidd says:

      Wow, I couldn’t recognise Patrick in the picture on the first look. His face look so thin.

    6. Hannahh says:

      Daniel is not underated, his acting is good but not great. He have good looking face and nice figure.

      • Sweety says:

        Nice figure? He’s short you know.

        • Darren says:

          he is short? he pretty tall! almost 6 feet or taller!

        • Jen says:

          Hmm is 6 feet short for guys these days?

        • Carol says:

          Darren, he is not tall, but ‘short’ is not an appropriate term to describe him either. Maybe ‘average’ should be used instead. His height is quite average for asian men.

          Anyway, I always forgot about him. He is not really memorable to me. He is low profile? Not really. Acting? Average. He can’t act but at least better than some actors in TVB. Overrated or underrated? Well, a bit overrated. However, I don’t really pay attention to this guy. These are the things that come to my mind when it comes to him:

          can’t act
          that movie with miriam yeung
          miriam yeung
          broken cantonese
          stephen fung
          100% chinese but doesn’t look chinese
          white wanabe

    7. Cleo says:

      I think his eyes lack strength so he coasted earlier on looking like the kind of guy who takes Michelle Reis to the movies (dutch treat!) whenever she was between clients.

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