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06.12.2013

Keanu Reeves is taking on two new roles with the upcoming kung-fu extravaganza MAN OF TAI CHI, serving as the film's villain and the film's director. Having acquired a taste for martial arts during his long tenure with THE MATRIX films, Reeves is using his contacts from that franchise, including martial artist Tiger Hu Chen, who also stars as the film's lead, and legendary fight choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping, who lends his considerable skill here. Reeves is joined in front of the camera with IP MAN's Simon Yam and THE RAID: REDEMPTION's Iko Uwais.

Finish him!:

Overall, this looks like a lot of fun. If you asked me back during his BILL AND TED days if I thought Keanu Reeves would ever be an action star, let alone be directing a martial arts movie I'd probably have laughed it off, but it seems that the actor is full of surprises. Based on the trailer, this looks like a solid fight flick, which benefits greatly from all the talent involved.

MAN OF TAI CHI does not have a set release date as of yet, but is expected sometime in 2013.

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11:27PM on 06/12/2013
Looks like the action is solid and I have liked Keanu's passion for this, but him directing....that I don't really know yet. I am already seeing this as something critics won't take to for what seems to be hammy acting and what I can only assume is a less than stellar directing job. But I'd be lying if I said this doesn't look like fun.
Looks like the action is solid and I have liked Keanu's passion for this, but him directing....that I don't really know yet. I am already seeing this as something critics won't take to for what seems to be hammy acting and what I can only assume is a less than stellar directing job. But I'd be lying if I said this doesn't look like fun.
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9:39PM on 06/12/2013
The movie looks okay, but nothing really stands out about it. Maybe it'll hold me off until The Raid sequel or some other cool foreign fight flick.
The movie looks okay, but nothing really stands out about it. Maybe it'll hold me off until The Raid sequel or some other cool foreign fight flick.
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3:30PM on 06/12/2013
Looks like a pretty typical 'intro to the style' martial arts flick like Merantau and Ong Bak, complete with the pacifist reluctant warrior hero...but those are always good for the action. And this one has a bigger budget, Iko Uwais as a villain and Keanu. Definitely worth a watch.
Looks like a pretty typical 'intro to the style' martial arts flick like Merantau and Ong Bak, complete with the pacifist reluctant warrior hero...but those are always good for the action. And this one has a bigger budget, Iko Uwais as a villain and Keanu. Definitely worth a watch.
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3:22PM on 06/12/2013
This movie interests me, but just a little.
This movie interests me, but just a little.
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2:42PM on 06/12/2013

Keanu makes a crap villain, but

the fight scenes look good. They should with Yuen Wo-Ping at the helm. I'll likely see this at some point.
the fight scenes look good. They should with Yuen Wo-Ping at the helm. I'll likely see this at some point.
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2:20PM on 06/12/2013

The Raid effect is in erm full effect.

This is one for Netflix/V+ but I will watch it.
This is one for Netflix/V+ but I will watch it.
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2:19PM on 06/12/2013
At first I was like "This is a lot like Mortal Kombat" then Keanu yells "Finish Him!" and I was done with this movie.
At first I was like "This is a lot like Mortal Kombat" then Keanu yells "Finish Him!" and I was done with this movie.
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2:05PM on 06/12/2013
I thought this was going to be total garbage, but it actually looks decent. It looks well shot at the very least.
I thought this was going to be total garbage, but it actually looks decent. It looks well shot at the very least.
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1:58PM on 06/12/2013
Someone has gotta remix "turn to the left, turn to the right, face the mirror, now fight". It looks better than the first trailer, but I really hope Keanu Reeves allows himself to ham it up a little to do some villainous gloating. Action sequences do look well shot, but it's a pity they didn't end up using the Bot and Dolly rig.
Someone has gotta remix "turn to the left, turn to the right, face the mirror, now fight". It looks better than the first trailer, but I really hope Keanu Reeves allows himself to ham it up a little to do some villainous gloating. Action sequences do look well shot, but it's a pity they didn't end up using the Bot and Dolly rig.
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5:48PM on 06/12/2013
Pretty bad. Turning to the right WOULD be facing the mirror, not turning completely around . . .
Pretty bad. Turning to the right WOULD be facing the mirror, not turning completely around . . .
1:53PM on 06/12/2013
Looks okay, still not used to the fact that Reeves is the villain. But the fight scenes are definitely worth the watch.
Looks okay, still not used to the fact that Reeves is the villain. But the fight scenes are definitely worth the watch.
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