Keanu Reeves has went out to
direct his first movie which is
martial arts drama and Keanu (I mean Donako) is an evil owner of a security
company in Beijing who runs an underground fight club He sees Tiger Chen,
a disciple of Tai Chi,
and he manipulated Tiger to fight in Keanu’s underground fight club where the
fights are broadcast over the internet to wealthy people. Meanwhile, you have
a pouting police
detective (Karen Mok) trying to bring down the fight club in one of the subplots
that is least interesting in the movie.
MAN OF TAI CHI reunites Keanu
with MATRIX fight
choreographer Yuen Wo Ping and stuntman Tiger Chen (who plays a fictional
version of himself for the movie).
Keanu plays the evil businessman so well that I wish MAN OF TAI CHI was
a little longer and we see more evilness from Keanu’s character (he just seems
like invincible evil guy you can’t really beat until the climax). The
martial arts sequences are great even
though I wish they developed some of the characters more because some of them
come off as ciphers. Still I think
Keanu does have a second career as a director if he ever retires from acting.
Feature audio commentary with
director/ actor Keanu Reeves
and actor Tiger Chen which yu can skip because it is a boring track.
THE MAKING OF MAN OF TAI CHI- Keanu Reeves and Tiger Chen talk about how
the movie got made and the making of MAN FROM TAI CHI
FINAL ANALYSIS: MAN
OF TAI CHI has some good martial arts action, but I wish Keanu Reeves had a
better script to direct from since this movie shows he has a career as a
director if he ever quits acting.
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