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Reeves Joins Actor-Director Gang with Chinese-Language 'Man of Tai Chi'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 1, 2012 at 12:21PM

On February 28, Keanu Reeves began production in China on his directorial debut, "Man of Tai Chi." The Chinese-language film will shoot over six months in China and Hong Kong on a budget of $32 million. It is a contemporary action film; famed martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping will work with Reeves, who stars in the film, as well as co-stars Tiger Chen and Karen Mok. The project is a co-production of China Film Group, Village Roadshow, Wanda Media and Universal (which will handle distribution).
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Reeves with China Film Group's Sanping Han
Film Biz Asia Reeves with China Film Group's Sanping Han

On February 28, Keanu Reeves began production in China on his directorial debut, "Man of Tai Chi." The Chinese-language film will shoot over six months in China and Hong Kong on a budget of $32 million. It is a contemporary action film; famed martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping will work with Reeves, who stars in the film, as well as co-stars Tiger Chen and Karen Mok. The project is a co-production of China Film Group, Village Roadshow, Wanda Media and Universal (which will handle distribution).

Reeves recently wrapped Universal's "47 Ronin" and now joins a growing list of actors-turned-directors, from Ben Affleck (in post-production on "Argo") and "The League"'s Katie Aselton ("Sundance hit "Black Rock") to Jennifer Westfeldt (whose "Friends with Kids" releases March 9). Here's our Cannes interview with Westfeldt and partner/co-star Jon Hamm, in which they talk about shifts in indie filmmaking.
 
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.