Celebrate Lunar New Year with the best of China's martial arts movies. Start the Year of the Sheep on the right hoof by flocking to SBS ONE every Saturday at 8:30pm.
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SBS Movies

14 Jan 2015 - 11:26 AM  UPDATED 27 Feb 2015 - 11:18 AM

Shaolin

Saturday February 7, 8.30pm

(Hong Kong/China, action/drama)

Director: Benny Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse, Andy Lau 
What's it about?
1982's Jet Li-starring The Shaolin Temple was set during the Tang Dynasty. But HK action director Benny Chan moves the action forward a thousand years, to the 1920s, and cast Andy Lau, charismatic as ever, as a ruthless warlord, whose plan to assassinate his own brother turns one of his most loyal henchmen against him. Stylish and slick, with superb fight sequences, this is a popcorn movie par excellence.

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Tai Chi Zero

Saturday February 14, 8.30pm
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(China, action)

Director: Stephen Fung
Starring: Tony Ka Fai Leung, Angelababy, Yuan Xiaochao
What's it about?
An over-the-top, playful movie set in the 1800s. Young genius Yang Luchan is fed up with being picked on, and travels to Chen Village to learn the forbidden secrets of martial arts. Though villagers are forbidden from teaching outsiders, Yang becomes their best hope for survival when a man arrives with a plan to build a railroad through the village, flanked by a terrifying steampunk army.

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Tai Chi Hero

Saturday February 21, 8.30pm
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(China, action)

Director: Stephen Fung
Starring: Tony Ka Fai Leung, Daniel Wu, Yuan Xiaochao
What's it about?
The high-energy sequel to Tai Chi Zero continues the story of Yang Luchan, a young genius who travelled to Chen Village to learn the art of Tai Chi. Despite being an outsider, Luchan ends up being taught by the locals and helps them fight a terrifying army of soldiers. As a reward, he's offered the hand of the daughter of Chen’s ultimate kung fu master in marriage, but that doesn't make everyone happy in the village.

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Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Saturday February 28, 8.30pm
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

(China, adventure/comedy/fantasy)

Director: Tsui Hark
Starring: Jet Li, Xun Zhou, Kun Chen
What's it about?
From legendary martial arts director Tsui Hark comes this action epic starring Jet Li. Dragon Inn is the rumoured location of a lost city buried under the desert, and its hidden treasure is supposedly only revealed every 60 years by a mighty storm. With the storm approaching, groups arrive at the Dragon Inn desperate to find the treasure – from gangs of marauders, to the Imperial Assassins, to the righteous General Zhao (Li). As they find themselves locked within the Inn, the stage is set for a violent game of cat and mouse.

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