By Devin Lee Fuller | Indiewire March 19, 2012 at 2:59PM
Stephen Fung's "Tai Chi O" has been acquired by Well Go USA Entertainment. It is scheduled for a North Amercian release in early 2013.
"Tai Chi O" follows a young man as he tries to learn Tai Chi in a distant village. Unfortunately for him, it is forbidden for villagers to teach outsiders Tai Chi, so his path to learning the ancient martial art will be harder than he realized.
“We are very pleased to have secured rights to this exciting new film from Huayi Brothers, one of Asia’s biggest distributors of pop culture hits,” said Doris Pfardrescher, president of Well Go USA Entertainment. “We believe it will resonate with a wide variety of audiences in North America, from fan boys to moviegoers who love Asian-action films and world cinema.”
Full press release below:
WELL GO USA ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO
"TAI CHI O"
First Film in New Trilogy from Creator of "Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame"
PLANO, TX. (March 19, 2012) -- Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired all North American rights (theatrical, non-theatrical, home video, television, digital/electronic) to Tai Chi O, the first in a planned trilogy of films from Chen Kuofu, the producer of Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame. Directed by Stephen Fung with Sammo Hung (Ip Man 2) serving as Action Director, Tai Chi O, stars William Feng, Eddie Peng and Angelababy. The film was acquired from Huayi Brothers Media in a deal negotiated between Leslie Chen on behalf of the company, and Doris Pfardrescher, President of Well Go USA. The film will be released in the US and Canada in early 2013.
“We are very pleased to have secured rights to this exciting new film from Huayi Brothers, one of Asia’s biggest distributors of pop culture hits,” said Doris Pfardrescher, President, Well Go USA Entertainment. “We believe it will resonate with a wide variety of audiences in North America, from fan boys to moviegoers who love Asian-action films and world cinema.”
“It is our pleasure to work with Well Go USA for one of our most exciting titles for 2012,” said Leslie Chen of Huayi Brothers Media. “We believe that together we will bring a brand new kind of Martial arts film experience to the North American audience.”
Tai Chi O
As an uncommonly gifted child, Yang Luchan had a fleshy abnormality that holds tremendous power growing on his forehead. However, being teased as the town fool, Yang’s mother spurs him to practice martial arts, and following her wishes, Yang travels to the distant Chen Village to learn TAI CHI. At this legendary village everyone practices TAI CHI and uses TAI CHI in every aspect of their lives. Nevertheless, it is forbidden for a villager to disclose TAI CHI to an outsider, which Yang learns the hard way.
Upon arriving at the village, locals discourage Yang by challenging him with fights. From the strong men to old ladies to children, everyone defeats Yang with their TAI CHI moves. After facing the toughest battle and being defeated by Master Chen’s beautiful daughter Yuniang, Yang is determined to master the art of TAI CHI and goes in search of Master Chen. Little does Yang know, the poor strange man who he befriended is in fact Master Chen who had saved him from the duel with Yuniang. Master Chen realizes Yang’s genius and disguises himself to secretly guide Yang to his self realization of TAI CHI.
One day, a frightening steam-powered machine comes to the village, lead by Fang Zijing, a childhood friend of Yuniang. He has bribed government officials to permit him to build a railway that will run straight through the village. Yang decides to join forces with Yuniang to defeat Fang Zijing and destroy the machine. This brave act may just win him the hearts of the villagers….