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Exclusive: Keanu Reeves Faces Off Against Tiger Chen In 'Man Of Tai Chi'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 11, 2013 5:08 PM
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Man Of Tai Chi
One of the best and most overlooked action movies of this past year was Keanu Reeves' directorial debut "Man of Tai Chi." The tale of a Faustian bargain between a good-hearted martial artist (played by Reeves' friend and stuntman Tiger Chen) and the evil operator of an underground fight club (Reeves, obviously), it packed in more visceral thrills and over-the-top action than movies ten-times its size. Thankfully, those who missed it will be able to catch up with the film, and we've got an exclusive clip.

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."

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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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.

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.

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?

Only Keanu Forgives: Watch The Teaser Trailer For 'Man Of Tai Chi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2013 12:53 PM
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So Keanu Reeves has made a directorial debut that on paper, certainly sounds intriguing. Lots of action has been promised, Tiger Hu Chen (one of the stuntmen on "The Matrix" films) and Iko Uwais of "The Raid" are among the folks throwing fists and feet in the flick, and Reeves seems to certainly have been pushing himself. And now the first teaser trailer and...well...

First Poster & Images For Keanu Reeves’ Directorial Debut 'Man Of Tai Chi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 5:16 PM
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Having been low-key for quite a while, there is finally some news on one of the two forthcoming movies featuring Keanu Reeves, about which little has been seen thus far. We'll have to wait to see whatever the much-delayed samurai epic "47 Ronin" turns out to be, but it seems the actor's directorial debut is getting ready to seeing the light of day.

'The Raid' Star Iko Uwais Joins Keanu Reeves' 'Man Of Tai Chi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 4:31 PM
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Well, it looks like Gareth Evans isn't the only one who's getting some shine from the cult success of "The Raid: Redemption." Some deserved attention is being given to the film's star Iko Uwais, as he's landed a plum role in another unique, martial arts-styled flick.

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