New ‘Man of Tai Chi’ Trailer – Keanu Reeves’ Martial Arts Thriller

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Man of Tai Chi stars martial artist Tiger Hun Chen – a stunt performer on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix sequels – as a deadly fighter, who catches the eyes of an unscrupulous fellow (Keanu Reeves) who makes his living in the dangerous world of underground Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) tournaments. Chen, as the protagonist, thrives at his new profession, thanks to his deadly skills in the arena and (not so) deeply buried bloodlust – but can he step away from this world, before he abandons his morals and honor completely?

Reeves is making his directorial debut with Man of Tai Chi, which is based on a script written by Michael G. Cooney (whose resume includes the video games Devil May Cry 4 and Resident Evil 6). The supporting cast include veterans of the martial arts genre, such as Karen Mok (Black Mask), Iko Uwais (The Raid: Redemption) and Simon Yam (Ip Man).

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The previously-released Man of Tai Chi international trailer highlighted the fighting and action sequences, but this new preview also outlines the story with greater detail (perhaps too much detail, in fact). No surprise, the martial art combat scenes look to feature excellent choreography – courtesy of master stunt coordinator Woo-ping Yuen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Kill Bill, etc.) – and nice-and-clean cinematography, thanks to Elliot Davis (The Iron Lady).

Unfortunately, the fact that Man of Tai Chi was scripted by someone who (partly) comes from a video game background seems to show, in a bad way; that is, with regard to the plot (which appears to be a series of “boss fights”) and even lines of dialogue like Reeves shouting “Finish him!” a la Mortal Kombat-style. Similarly, while it’s a refreshing change of pace to see Reeves play the antagonist, his presence seems a bit lacking in trailer footage. [Insert your Keanu Reeves acting joke of choice here.]


Man of Tai Chi is currently without an official U.S. theatrical release date. We’ll let you know when that changes.

Source: Universal

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  1. ” I know Kung Fu ”


  2. Keanu reeve seems absolutely horid…

    • You ever NOT say that about him?

      • Is it ever not true?

        • Yes, sometimes it’s not true. And no, I’m not a fanboy.

  3. I must say this looks better than the first trailer Ive seen. The fighting and cinematography looks really good. Keeanu Reeves looks like a Keeanu Reeve simulation bot in this movie though.

  4. i think i hate it….but i want to see the fight scenes lol

  5. After this trailer I think Keanu could make a good Batman

  6. Looks interesting. They need to bring back more Shaw Brothers style Kung Fu movies and Tiger Hu Chen seems like the star to do it.

    Keanu Reeves should play Silver Surfer.

    • Reeves as SS???

      With an idea so crazy, it just might work.

      • lol well it’ll work great for parody reasons.

        Any who parody Keanu Reeves, gives him the surfer dude accent from Bill & Ted. In Super Hero Squad, they give Silver Surfer the surfer dude accent. So seeing if they do a parody of Keanu Reeves as Silver Surfer, the surfer dude accent will remain a constant.

        Plus he’s still under FOX and I wouldn’t put it past them having Keanu Reeves play Silver Surfer.

        Anyways the whole space sci-fi out there theme is right up his alley.

        • I was actually thinking that the tall slim physique and monotone voice could work.

  7. As a kung fu movie fan, I’m excited to see any movie that highlights tai chi in its combative form. The way this style translates on-screen is almost balletic: wide sweeping movements, clever evasions, unique strikes. Pretty fun to watch.

    In the very least, I’m hoping for a good movie that’s worth skipping through to watching the fight scenes. Anything more than that is a bonus!

  8. Said it for the first trailer, but I have little problem with Keanu moving to a genre market and forming a co-production company to make martial arts movies over there. Americans probably still remember him more for Ted Logan whereas Europeans and specifically the Asian community will associate him with Neo, so it makes sense to tap into what he is commonly recognised for. A little too old for headlining big budget action movies now, this is the perfect next stage of his career. His movies will make their budgets back, he’ll get to work with legendary artists in this field and he’ll only improve as a director.

    Good luck to him.

  9. Keanu Reeves should play Chuck Norris.

  10. Soooo that’s what Neo has been up too, and here I thought he sacrafised himself for man, no…he’s staging unsanctioned MMA matches.

  11. I’ll see it. I like kung-fu movies. Keanu’s acting seems a TAD better than a few other movies. Maybe he can be an antagonist in Expendables 3 or 4.

  12. This could be a sign of Reeves’ impending apocalypse.

  13. I see Reeves is playing the villain, I kinda like this idea. Obviously, his movie Kung Fu would not be able to carry a movie such as this, fans of this genre (myself included) export much more.

    Regardless, I liked the fight scenes I viewed and will be waiting for this.

    • I’m looking forward to seeing what Reeves does with this crazy robot arm rig they used to film the action scenes:

      The biggest criticism I have of most Hollywood screen-fighting is that they sacrifice the fluidity of the action to either cut in different angles or make the actors seem faster than they actually are. It looks like they’re using real martial artists in this movie, so speed won’t be an issue, but this rig might help to fluidly capture interesting angles without cutting to different cameras or splitting up the takes.

  14. looks like a fun movie…

  15. Might be worth a Netflix peek, but not high on the priority list.

  16. K.Reeves & Martial Arts …MEH!

  17. I hope it’s better than Man with the Iron Firsts at least. Looks like it will be.

    • *Fists* not Firsts.

  18. i like keanu reeves alot and i think hez the perfect fit for d role Flash in JL

  19. This looks terrible

  20. This movie proves that Keanu Reeves can do whatever the EFF he wants.

    This seems pretty “out-there” for him, and yet it doesn’t look terrible.

  21. I was excited for this until I saw,” directed by Keanu Reeves”, then I was reminded of that God awful RZA piece they called a movie

    • I’m cautiously optimistic that Reeves is a more talented filmmaker than RZA. The Man with The Iron Fists is good example of someone trying to emulate something he loves without really understanding why he loves it. RZA really did a number on Corey Yuen’s choreography by chopping up shots, freezing frames, and all that other hyper-stylized nonsense. Just from the trailers, it looks like Keanu is respectful of the action that Yuen Woo Ping has created for him. We’ll see though…

  22. I’ll give it a go….. on DVD

  23. Why isn’t there never any real Tai Chi moves in those Tai chi movies?

    • I noticed that too. Saw a lot of 540 kicks and power moves. Hopefully they were just featuring that in the trailer. Yuen Woo Ping has choreographed some pretty spectacular tai chi screen fights in the past, so I’m not too worried.

  24. This looks totally different from the old people in the park I see on Saturday mornings doing Tai Chi.

  25. Yes! finally a good martial arts movie plot and I get to see Keanu again too…

  26. Superbly orchestrated on film. All required elements incorporated for a breathtaking movie on many levels.

  27. This Movie is now currently playing in theater near, when i was looking for more info about this, I’ve found this blog. What interest me is Iko Uwais is also playing in this movie. Got to check You Tube for more of his role.