A fictionalized story about Chang San-Feng (Junbao), the legendary
founder of Tai-Chi.
The story is set during the late 13th century. Junbao (Jet Li) and his
childhood friend Tianbao (Chin Siu-Ho) are expelled from the Shaolin Temple.
Both of them are stunning martial artists, but the life paths they decide
to embark on couldn't be more different.
Michelle appears as a woman who is abandoned and abused by her husband.
When we first encounter her in the film, she is a drunkard but she soon
becomes a brave fighter against the cruel government officers (whose
chief is her now ex-husband's new wife's brother). She and Junbao join
a rebel group. They help each other, and they fight together. With
Michelle standing by him, Junbao finds the roots of life and establishes
himself as the Tai-Chi Master.
Awesome actions from both Jet Li and Michelle. The action sequence
when they fight with a huge group of soldiers is one of the best
few-vs-many fights I've seen. It's so poignant, along with the
powerful background music.*
I wish Michelle had an equal big role as Jet Li. Otherwise it's an excellent
martial art movie.
* Unfortunately, the U.S. home video release (which has been re-titled
as Twin Warriors) totally changed the music scores.
Tai-Chi: one of the most popular martial art forms today
A History of Tai-Chi Chuan
What is Tai Chi Chuan
An Introduction to Chinese Martial Arts