broadcasted: MDR/WDR/HR/ORB und planete Frankreich
China, SFB 1996
Tai chi chuan, which is also known as Chinese shadow boxing, has become so well known in the West in recent years that today even health maintenance organizations offer tai chi courses for health maintenance and meditation training. But even though tai chi has become so popular, many enthusiasts still know nothing about the complex philosophical background of this martial art. The film takes us back to the roots of tai chi chuan in the kung fu cloister Shaolin in the small Chinese mountain village of Chenjiagou and explains the Taoist philosophy that serves as the spiritual foundation of tai chi.