The protagonist of both Tai Chi Zero and its sequel and something of an idiot throughout the first and most of the second movie. Lu Chan was born into a wealthy family with a father who did not participate much with his upbringing. His mother, however, who saw great potential in him swore to herself that she would do whatever it took to raise Lu Chan well, even if it means stealing from her wealthy husband. Lu Chan was also born with a serious ailment known as the “Three Blossoms on the Crown,” which takes the form of a large growth on his head. Whenever this growth is dealt a large blow, Lu Chan’s eyes turn completely white as he enters a berserk mode where he attacks everything completely based on instinct with unbelievable strength. This power of his was discovered at a fair during a fight with some rowdy kids by a supposed martial arts entertainer named Zhao. That same day his father found out that his wife had been stealing money from him to raise Lu Chan and ordered his servants to beat her to death. Instead, his mother, finding it unreasonable that he order servants to beat her, ran head first into a post so hard that it left her on the verge of death. She was thrown out of the house as soon as Lu Chan returned with Zhao following close behind. As the mother was breathing her last breaths, Zhao informed his mother of Lu Chan’s potential. Right before she died, she told Lu Chan that he only had to do one thing well: kung fu. Many years later and Lu Chan is revealed to be a loyal and skilled soldier of the Divine Truth Cult, a rebel force against the Emperor. This is because it was revealed that the entertainer Zhao was actually a general of the Cult, looking for any potential recruits to his army in disguise. It is also shown that Zhao continuously abused Lu Chan’s special power to win battles, even though it has proven to be harmful to his health and will eventually lead to his death. The Cult’s doctor informs Lu Chan of his impending death and that the only way to prevent it is to go to Chen Village and learn Chen-style kung fu from Grandmaster Chen Chang Xiang. That night their camp is ambushed by enemy soldiers which provides Lu Chan with the perfect incentive to go. Lu Chan has a near-insatiable appetite which leads him to even eat leaves and flowers off of various plants. In Tai Chi Hero, the Grandmaster reveals that this is because the “Three Blossoms on the Crown” drains a lot of his energy which causes him to act foolish and to be constantly hungry. He is shown to be extremely stubborn and persistent, as well as, durable when he is trying to enter the village to learn kung fu, despite being rejected because outsiders are forbidden from being taught. He is also excellent at mimicking moves, only needing to see them once or twice before nearly perfecting them, which is how he eventually manages to enter the village.
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