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.