Notable Cast: Tiger Chen, Keanu Reeves, Simon Yam, Karen Mok, and a cameo by Iko Uwais
I’m still baffled by the continued existence of Keanu Reeves as a leading man in film. As I write this, his current film “47 Ronin” is crashing and burning before our very eyes as it bombs in the American box office, and outside of handful of films like “The Matrix” and “Bill & Ted” his previous films don’t spell out A-list star. So when it came to “Man of Tai Chi,” I’m sure I’m not the only one that held their breath considering it’s his debut directorial effort. Lucky for us, his work as a director is much more proficient then his ‘shaolin wooden man’ acting style and this low budget martial arts flick comes off as a surprisingly efficient and competent film.
Tiger (Chen) has been living the standard life. He works much too hard for so little pay, his romantic life is essentially non-existent, and opportunities seem scarce. He is studying to be proficient in tai chi, but his frustration with life is most certainly affecting his chi. When he receives a mysterious letter offering him a job working ‘security’ with Donaka Mark (Reeves) he can hardly believe his luck. Getting paid ridiculous amounts of money to fight? But not everything is as it seems and Tiger is about to learn the true meaning of strife when things start to take a slide for the darker.
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