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Review: 'Man Of Tai Chi' Starring & Directed By Keanu Reeves

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 1, 2013 4:45 PM
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The Man of Tai Chi
Everything about “Man of Tai Chi” is awesome. Not awesome in the way you’re familiar, but awesome in the way Stephanie Zacharek described in her delightful review of “Inception” a couple of years back. “We've entered an era where movies can no longer be great,” she said, describing Christopher Nolan’s silly funhouse mirror adventure film, “They can only be awesome, which is not nearly the same thing.” She was right, and who better than to ignore the ramifications of that quote than the star of “The Matrix” himself, Keanu Reeves, here making his directorial debut?

Interview: Keanu Reeves Talks 'Man Of Tai Chi' '47 Ronin'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 31, 2013 5:27 PM
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The Man of Tai Chi
To put it bluntly, "Man of Tai Chi" kicks all kinds of ass. The film follows the Faustian rise and fall of Tiger Chen (the actor's name and also the character's name), who gets involved in a deadly underground fighting ring led by a wonderfully over-the-top villain named Donaka Mark. Keanu Reeves, who knows a thing or two about kung fu fighting thanks to his role in the trio of "Matrix" films, both directed and co-stars in the film as Donaka (who, unsurprisingly, gets all the best lines). We got to speak to Reeves about what about this project made him want to direct it, whether or not his experience in the film world documentary "Side By Side" inspired any of his choices, and what, exactly, is going on with his other big martial arts project of 2013, "47 Ronin."

Interview: Keanu Reeves Talks Plot & Status Of 'Bill & Ted 3,' What Happened To Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Jekyll' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 29, 2013 2:47 PM
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We were lucky enough to speak to Keanu Reeves earlier today about his directorial debut, the underground fight saga "Man of Tai Chi." We'll have more from our interview with Reeves in the days ahead (including what it was like transitioning from "Man of Tai Chi" to "47 Ronin") but we wanted to first share with you an update about three seemingly endlessly gestating projects for the actor: the third "Bill & Ted" movie, the sci-fi romance "Passengers" (which recently cast its leading lady) and what happened with "Jekyll," a film that at one time he was going to make with Nicolas Winding Refn.

Abandoned, Enslaved, Destined: Watch The New Trailer For Keanu Reeves' '47 Ronin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2013 11:38 AM
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47 Ronin, Keanu Reeves
As "World War Z" proved this summer, a blockbuster movie going through numerous delays and production woes doesn't automatically add up to a box office bomb. In fact, the zombie thriller was one of Brad Pitt's most successful films of his career, and for audiences at large, the bad blogosphere buzz didn't seem to deter them from buying tickets. So, will the same fate await "47 Ronin"?

TIFF Review: 'Man Of Tai Chi' Starring Keanu Reeves

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2013 1:40 PM
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  • 6 Comments
The Man of Tai Chi
Everything about “Man of Tai Chi” is awesome. Not awesome in the way you’re familiar, but awesome in the way Stephanie Zacharek described in her delightful review of “Inception” a couple of years back. “We've entered an era where movies can no longer be great,” she said, describing Christopher Nolan’s silly funhouse mirror adventure film, “They can only be awesome, which is not nearly the same thing.” She was right, and who better than to ignore the ramifications of that quote than the star of “The Matrix” himself, Keanu Reeves, here making his directorial debut?

Keanu Times Two: New Trailers For 'Man Of Tai Chi' & '47 Ronin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 10:29 PM
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If you like Keanu Reeves, and more crucially, you like watching Keanu Reeves fight, then the next few months are going to be a good time for you. The actor and now actor-turned-director, has two movies on the way, that will both feature him kicking various kinds of butt, both as a good and bad guy.

Watch: Japanese Trailer For Keanu Reeves Samurai Action Flick '47 Ronin' Plus New Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 2:28 PM
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Whoa! The long delayed, production troubled "47 Ronin" is actually getting released, and the big question is whether or not it can rebound from its not so pleasant past to pull a "World War Z" and land on its feet. It arguably has a harder hill to climb, lacking a Brad Pitt-esque lead (though Keanu Reeves is no slouch) or easily digestible plot (gotta be honest, we still kinda have no clue what the fuck is going on in this thing). But maybe the razzle dazzle will be enough to part holiday moviegoers with grandma's gift money.

New TIFF Photos: Keanu Reeves' 'Man of Tai Chi,' Stephen Frears' 'Philomena' & 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 25, 2013 5:08 PM
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The Man of Tai Chi
It's been over 10 years since Keanu Reeves was kung-fu fighting and fast as lightning in the "The Matrix Revolutions" (makes you wish they woulda quit after the first film), but while Reeves has been taking it kind of easy ever since (probably the two biggest films he's starred in since then have been the utterly forgettable "Constantine," and "The Day The Earth Stood Still"). But Keanu seems to be slowly coming out of his hiatus. His big-budget samurai/kung-fu spectacle, "Ronin 47," is finally scheduled for a December release after almost two years of delays (see the trailer here) and he also has a directorial debut on the way. Scheduled to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, we've already seen an international trailer and a few photos from Reeves debut, "The Man From Tai Chi," and now courtesy of TIFF we have a few more.

Watch: Trailer Finally Arrives For Keanu Reeves' Troubled & Long Delayed '47 Ronin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2013 12:54 PM
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So just how long has the Keanu Reeves-starring "47 Ronin" been kicking around? It was originally slated to open last November, before going through a couple more release date bumps, before finally landing on Christmas Day this year. Reports of re-shoots, story changes and more dogged the project, with the budget rumored to have soared to $225 million already (though the studio insists it won't cross $200 million), well past the original $175 million budget. And that's not mention some battles over the edit, though first time filmmaker Carl Rinsch has weathered the storm. And now, we'll see the result and it's... this....

Finish Him! New International Trailer For Keanu Reeves' 'Man Of Tai Chi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2013 12:04 PM
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Keanu Reeves has directed a movie. It looks like one of the those old school NES video-games where you have to beat a slightly harder boss at the end of each level in order to proceed. Are you ready?

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