Jet Li In Tai-Chi Master
Whenever this prelude of “Tai-Chi Master” appeared, its beautiful melody and catchy lyrics will instantly stuck in people’s minds. In July 1993, Jet Li set up his own movie company “Eastern Production” and subsequently came to China Mainland to film “Tai-Chi Master”. The crew had chosen the flood land of Yongding River at the South of Lugou Bridge in Beijing and built a military camp for the eunuch Liu Jin. The huge military camp was well-equipped with stockades, steeds, observation tower, camp sites and a big stage.
The setting in the picture above was built at the flood land of Yongding River. Since they had military camp, there should also be soldiers right? If not, it would seem ridiculous to not have any tea boys or servants to serve and cheer around the so called 9000 year old eunuch Liu Jin in dominance. So the movie producer had found an armored regiment in Beijing.
After getting approval from the higher authority, the regiment turned into some Ming dynasty soldiers who existed 500 year ago. They were armed with swords and spears, switching back and forth between the government army and rebels. The shooting had lasted for around two to three weeks.
At the beginning, the leader of the regiment wasn’t aware that Jet Li was involved in the movie. He didn’t know that it was a production of his own movie company (They barely recognized any Hong Kong stars by that time, who is Michelle Yeoh? Never heard of it, they only found out later on.). Once when he went to visit the team only did he know Jet Li was in charge of the movie. At that time, “Shaolin Temple” had been released for 10 years. But out of love for that movie, the leader was extremely delighted to see Jet Li in person.