Martial Arts Movie About Two Brothers

1993 Hong Kong film

Tai Chi Master

Theatrical poster





Mandarin Tàijí Zhāng Sānfēng
Cantonese Taaithree
Directed by Yuen Woo-ping
Written by Kim Yip
Produced past Jet Li
Starring Jet Li
Michelle Yeoh
Mentum Siu-ho
Fennie Yuen
Yuen Cheung-yan
Lau Shun
Cinematography Tom Lau
Edited past Angie Lam
Music by William Wu


Eastern Product

Distributed by Golden Harvest
Gala Film Distribution

Release appointment

  • 18 November 1993 (1993-11-18)

Running time

96 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$12.6 million

Tai Chi Main

太極張三豐), also known as

Twin Warriors

or simply

Tai Chi
, is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and produced by Jet Li, who besides starred in the film. The film was released in Hong Kong on 18 November 1993.


Junbao and Tienbo grow up together in a Shaolin Temple as monks, studying the martial arts and more often than not getting into trouble. They are both expelled from the temple later Tienbo impulsively virtually kills a boyfriend student who cheats in a fight against him. Aided in their escape past their sympathetic teacher, they receive final instructions regarding the potential paths of their different personalities, with a specific warning given to Tienbo.

Junbao and Tienbo then get into the outside globe to find their mode in life. Meanwhile, a gang of henchmen are forcibly taking coin from a local store owner. A daughter nicknamed Miss Li steals the money and returns it. Having noticed the coin gone, the henchmen showtime to chase down Little Melon, who holds her ain during the fight only soon gets outnumbered and into trouble. Junbao comes to her help and defeats the gang, before Army reinforcements arrive to intermission upwards the fight and then the trio flee to escape capture. At this moment the eunuch governor Liu Jin travels through the boondocks, roughing upwards the locals as he does so. Tienbo realizes that he wants to be as rich and powerful every bit the governor, but Miss Li warns him that the governor has “the heart of a viper”.

Miss Li then shows the two sworn brothers to a pub for nutrient. Inside the pub, they find a immature woman named Siu-lin, who is searching for her lost hubby, during which she supports herself by playing on a sanxian that said husband gave to her every bit a hymeneals gift. She finds him inside the pub as the new married man of the governor’s sister, who picks a fight with Siu-lin. Siu-lin gets the upper hand in the duel, merely the husband, eager to delight his wealthy new wife, hits and injures Siu-lin on the caput with a stool. Junbao comes to Siu-lin’s rescue past fighting off the governor’s sister’s bodyguards before fleeing.

The side by side day, while Junbao and Tienbo are making money with their amazing kung fu skills, the governor’s second-in-command spots them and is impressed with Tienbo’s abilities (and his eagerness to kow-tow to potency). He offers him a position in the army, which Tienbo readily accepts. However, Junbao is more than reluctant to do so and declines going with Tienbo, and so the two brothers part means.

Later, some soldiers come to the pub to collect taxes (which have increased due to the governor’s greedy nature), only Junbao and the rebels (who have stolen swell valuables from the governor to give back to the poor) fight and kill them 1 by one. Ane soldier escapes alive and starts off towards the army’s camp to warn them about the rebels with Junbao in pursuit. Just in front end of the ground forces encampment, Tienbo kills the soldier before he warns the rest of the regular army most the rebels whereabouts. Tienbo warns Junbao to stay articulate of the rebels as they’ll get him into problem. Now knowing where the rebels are hiding nevertheless, Tienbo takes this unique opportunity to gain a promotion. He sets a trap for Junbao and the rebels by telling them that the army is on patrol and when would be the all-time time to assail them.

Junbao and Siu-lin collect all the rebels from the region and go to the army camp (thus, falling for Tienbo’south trap). A big battle occurs where virtually of the rebels die. Tienbo captures Miss Li and Siu-lin. In the end, the only escaped survivors are Junbao and a few rebels. Considering of the trap, the governor promotes Tienbo to Embroidered Uniform Guard lieutenant. Tienbo kills Miss Li to prove his devotion to the governor, and with his new say-so (and some poignant advice from the governor) holds Siu-lin every bit bait so that he tin can lure Junbao to defect. Junbao shows up to face Tienbo and rejects his offer, and after a fierce fight manages to rescue Siu-lin. However, due to the injury he receives and the fact that his best friend betrayed him, Junbao’s mind snaps and he goes crazy. While recuperating in the countryside safehouse with the help of Siu-lin, he has a sudden epiphany that regains his mental health, and begins using natural phenomenon every bit inspiration to create a new manner of martial arts which uses “soft” movements to offset ability, speed and strength.

While the governor is traveling to Beijing to see the empress, Junbao and Siu-lin intercept the convoy, defeat his sis and guards and captures the governor every bit a hostage, before going to the army camp to confront Tienbo. Due to his arrogance, Tienbo declines and starts to fight Junbao, thinking the latter is still the inferior fighter. To Tienbo’s surprise, however, Junbao is now fighting using the heretofore unseen manner, which he calls
Tai chi, and is able to fend off Tienbo’s superior strength with ease. Out of frustration, Tienbo kills the governor in lodge to gain complete control over the troops surrounding them. Siu-lin intervenes and convinces them not to heed to Tienbo, as he just betrayed their leader. Seeing this (and also the roughshod mode Tienbo utilizes his troops as battle fodder), the troops back off and leave Tienbo’s fate to Junbao. Afterwards a stunning series of parries and blows past Junbao, Tienbo is defeated and eventually killed when he falls upon a bundle of spears.

After the fight, Junbao parts way with Siu-lin, and returns Tienbo’s ashes to the Shaolin Temple, earlier establishing his own schoolhouse at Wudang Mountains.


  • Jet Li as Zhang Junbao
  • Mentum Siu Ho as Tienbo / Dong Tian-biao
  • Michelle Yeoh as Siu-lin / Qiu Xue (“Fall Snow”)
  • Fennie Yuen as Miss Li / Xiao Dong-gua (“Fiddling Winter Melon”)
  • Yuen Cheung-yan as Reverend Ling
  • Lau Shun equally Main Jueyuan
  • Yu Hai as Caput Main
  • Chow Kam-kong as Rebel
  • Dominicus Jian-kui every bit Majestic Eunuch Liu Jin
  • Liu Hongmei equally Liu Jin’s sister
  • Ho Fly-cheung equally Rascal
  • Yu Yan-kai

Home media

  • Universe Laser released DVD in a near uncut state with a Cantonese soundtrack and English language subtitles.
  • The initial Western release was entitled
    Twin Warriors. It was released by Dimension Films on DVD in the US on 20 June 2000 and by Hollywood Pictures Home Video in the UK on 8 Apr 2002. A new English dub was commissioned with a new musical score and some cuts were applied.
  • On 29 July 2008, Dragon Dynasty released their DVD containing a Cantonese soundtrack and the Dimension English dub (using the 1993 dub to fill in the previously cutting sections). However, the Cantonese “mono” is a downmix of the 5.1 remix.[1]
  • An Indian VCD by Diskovery contains the 1993 export English version, merely nether the title
    Twice Deadly. Information technology is cut, however.
  • On 26 Apr 2010, Cine Asia was released on DVD in the Britain, the moving-picture show title has been changed to
    Tai-Chi Master
    Twin Warriors.


At the Hong Kong box part, the film grossed HK$12,564,442[ii]
(US$1.63 million).

In the United Kingdom, the film (released equally
Twin Warriors) was watched by
ane.two million
viewers on idiot box in 2004, making it the year’s 6th virtually-watched foreign-linguistic communication moving picture on television (beneath five other Hong Kong activity films).[iii]
It was afterwards watched by 600,000 U.k. viewers in 2007, making it the year’s most-watched strange-language film on BBC1.[four]
Combined, the motion-picture show drew a
1.8 million
UK viewership in 2004 and 2007.


A sequel,
Tai Chi Boxer, was released in 1996 with Lau Shun and Yu Hai returning, albeit in different roles.

See also

  • Jet Li filmography
  • Jacky Wu filmography
  • List of Hong Kong films
  • List of Hong Kong Legends releases


  1. ^

    “Tai Chi Master Blu-ray Review”.
    IGN. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved
    10 February

  2. ^

    “The Tai-Chi Main (1993)”.
    . Retrieved
    sixteen March

  3. ^

    “Uk Film Council Statistical Yearbook: Annual Review 2004/05”
    (PDF). U.k. Film Council. p. 74. Retrieved
    21 Apr

    – via British Film Institute.

  4. ^

    “Statistical Yearbook 2006/2007”
    (PDF). UK Picture Quango. p. 120. Retrieved
    21 Apr

    – via British Picture Institute.

External links

  • Tai Chi Chief
    at IMDb
  • Tai Chi Master
    at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Tai Chi Chief
    at AllMovie