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First stills and poster from Keanu Reeves' directorial debut Man of Tai Chi

Apr. 15, 2013by:

We haven't heard or seen much from MAN OF TAI CHI since it started production back in June. The martial arts film is Keanu Reeves' directing debut and I think it's fair to say that a lot of people are interested in seeing how well he does behind the camera.

The first stills and poster for the film are up on Twitch and you can check them out below. MAN OF TAI CHI follows a young martial artist in Beijing played by Tiger Chen, who was a member of the stunt team for THE MATRIX. On top of directing the film Keanu Reeves will play the villain and MAN OF TAI CHI also stars Karen Mok (GO LALA GO!, Simon Yam (IP MAN) and Iko Uwais (THE RAID). Renowned choreographer Yuen Woo-ping is the action director for the film and that alone should interest many of you due to his work on CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON and THE MATRIX.

Check them out:

Poster:

Man of Tai Chi Poster

MAN OF TAI CHI is said to have 18 fights and about 40 minutes of fighting time so we could be in for a pretty epic Kung Fu movie. Keanu Reeves isn't the first actor that has been bitten by the directing bug and although he is the butt-end of a lot of jokes I wouldn't be surprised if he Ben Afflecked all our asses with this film. I'm not saying MAN OF TAI CHI will be the next ARGO or THE TOWN but Reeves seems like he has a lot of passion for this project and I would love to see him hit one out of the park.

Now can we see something from RONIN 47 already? Seriously.

MAN OF TAI CHI currently doesn't have a release date but might be out sometime this year.

Extra Tidbit: It's more because of Al Pacino's over the top performance but I have a huge soft spot for THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE.
Source: Twtich

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10:09PM on 04/15/2013
why does Keanu look like a pale vampire from Twilight?
why does Keanu look like a pale vampire from Twilight?
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9:31PM on 04/15/2013
When I think "Man Of Tai Chi" all I see are images of 6 or 7 old dudes in a park on a Sunday morning.
When I think "Man Of Tai Chi" all I see are images of 6 or 7 old dudes in a park on a Sunday morning.
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5:14PM on 04/15/2013
Reeves as the villain? Eh. Could be good, I guess, but he never really does bad very well. I am excited for this in a way, however, if only because he is going for a pure martial arts film here. I've not heard much about this film, but few filmmakers these days are doing these kind of old school martial arts films, so it will be nice to see a new martial arts film. Just gotta wonder how Keanu's direction will work.
Reeves as the villain? Eh. Could be good, I guess, but he never really does bad very well. I am excited for this in a way, however, if only because he is going for a pure martial arts film here. I've not heard much about this film, but few filmmakers these days are doing these kind of old school martial arts films, so it will be nice to see a new martial arts film. Just gotta wonder how Keanu's direction will work.
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1:02PM on 04/15/2013
I re-watched The Matrix movies recently, and was blown away by what was (seemingly) Keanu doing a shit ton of his own martial arts.

I genuinely think (and hope) that the man has a real vision and talent hidden behind the admittedly stiff demeanor, I hope this project puts him back on the map for all the right reasons.

And then of course he should get fucking cracking on Bill and Ted 3...
I re-watched The Matrix movies recently, and was blown away by what was (seemingly) Keanu doing a shit ton of his own martial arts.

I genuinely think (and hope) that the man has a real vision and talent hidden behind the admittedly stiff demeanor, I hope this project puts him back on the map for all the right reasons.

And then of course he should get fucking cracking on Bill and Ted 3...
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12:45PM on 04/15/2013

Say what you will about Keanu Reeves....

...no seriously, say anything you want. All of it will be true, because he's beyond logic.
...no seriously, say anything you want. All of it will be true, because he's beyond logic.
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11:55AM on 04/15/2013
Oooh, didn't know Simon Yam was in this! Ratchets my interest up a couple notches!
Oooh, didn't know Simon Yam was in this! Ratchets my interest up a couple notches!
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10:58AM on 04/15/2013
For a second there, that photo of Keanu looked like an action figure, a really good looking action figure.
For a second there, that photo of Keanu looked like an action figure, a really good looking action figure.
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11:31AM on 04/15/2013
Like an Enterbay or Hot Toys-ish figure!
Like an Enterbay or Hot Toys-ish figure!
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10:57AM on 04/15/2013
I think he's shown he's a movie geek, especially when it comes to martial arts films. This alone gives the movie a good chance of being something special. Plus that camera rig looks cool.
I think he's shown he's a movie geek, especially when it comes to martial arts films. This alone gives the movie a good chance of being something special. Plus that camera rig looks cool.
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10:16AM on 04/15/2013
I'm watching Point Break and it is nice to see that he could well become the next Ben Affleck. Hopefully he does good with this. The Bot and Dolly camera test for this film looked really slick.
I'm watching Point Break and it is nice to see that he could well become the next Ben Affleck. Hopefully he does good with this. The Bot and Dolly camera test for this film looked really slick.
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10:04AM on 04/15/2013
Im mostly excited for this for the innovative camera and directing styles they keep promising with this movie. Looks good so far.
Im mostly excited for this for the innovative camera and directing styles they keep promising with this movie. Looks good so far.
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10:58AM on 04/15/2013
I think we'll be getting something unique to say the least. That camera may just take these fight scenes to the next level.
I think we'll be getting something unique to say the least. That camera may just take these fight scenes to the next level.
9:50AM on 04/15/2013
Love Keanu's jacket. Caption for 3rd picture: it's the sequel - Man of Hogwart!
Love Keanu's jacket. Caption for 3rd picture: it's the sequel - Man of Hogwart!
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3:08AM on 08/11/2013
I've been trying to find this jacket online for the past few days. Closest thing I can find is this [link]media+moto+jacket.do?sortby=

From what I found... Armani did most of Keanu's wardrobe throughout the movie which led me to the jacket at the link.
I've been trying to find this jacket online for the past few days. Closest thing I can find is this [link]media+moto+jacket.do?sortby=

From what I found... Armani did most of Keanu's wardrobe throughout the movie which led me to the jacket at the link.
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