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Man of Tai Chi 2013

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Keanu Reeves stars in and directs this epic tale about a young martial artist who must compete in an underground fight club to protect his way of life. As the fights intensify so does his will to survive.

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Tiger Hu Chen, Keanu Reeves
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Genres Drama, Action
Director Keanu Reeves
Starring Tiger Hu Chen, Keanu Reeves
Supporting actors Karen Mok, Hai Yu, Qing Ye, Simon Yam, Hirata Yasuyuki, Brian Siswojo, Michael Tong, Sam Lee, Jiulong Guo, Huang Jiang Xiang, Zihan Xia, Sung-jun Yoo, Iko Uwais, Troy Sandford, Ju Kun, Jeremy Marinas, Brahim Achabbakhe, Alain Ngalani
Studio Radius
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I paid for this movie thinking this was something else entirely. I was a little worried after the opening scene that this would really suck; but boy was I surprised! My wife and I LOVED this movie!! It is a story of a man who wants to prove himself. It is a Kung Fu movie. It is a fight movie. It is a darkness trying to corrupt good movie. It is a success story of good over evil. If you want a good fight movie in the tradition of the 80s, but without the cheesy style, and if you like Kung Fu with TONS of fight action, and with a good moral story- then this movie is for you!
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When I went into Man of Tai Chi, I was expecting a brainless but action-packed, simple-minded by fast-paced action flick. What I got was a brilliantly choreographed, stylishly filmed, brutally hard-hitting martial arts film with a surprising moral fiber.

But to be honest, I went in for the fights. Keanu advertised over 45 minutes of action scenes, and they did NOT disappoint. Choreographed by the *legendary* Yuen Woo-Ping, of Drunken Master, The Matrix, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame, these fights are realistic, violent, gripping, and surprisingly brutal. Each fight has a different tone and style, and the real highlight for me was to view all the different styles - Tai Chi, Wing Chun, karate, boxing, and more - come together into one glorious flurry of fists, knees, elbows, and feet. Tiger Chen (Chen Hu) has got badassery and style, and in his stunning two-on-one fight in a secret fighting ring on a freighter ship, he showed he has all the skills to become the next Jet Li or Donnie Yen. I see this guy going places.

The supporting cast includes the *fantastic* Iko Uwais (sadly underused), Karen Mok, who exudes control and determination, and a plethora of famous Hong Kong actors that you in the west wouldn't know, but to those living in China (like me), are the equivalent of an all-star Hollywood cast. They act like all Hong Kong actors act - over the top, almost caricaturing themselves, but hey, they get the job done.

Keanu Reeves is over the top in the finest possible way, exuding the kind of villainery that would make a Bond villain jealous. This, if I dare say it, is one of Reeves's best performances. He is a worthy foe, releasing his inner animal brilliantly, into a suave, dangerous, unpredictable baddo.
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The film centers on Tiger Chen (Tiger Hu Chen) who is a competition Tai Chi fighter. He is recruited by the wealthy and secretive Donaka Mark (Keanu Reeves) to fight privately for him against a series of diverse fighters. His Chi becomes out of control. Donaka is also playing a cat and mouse game with the police.

The film consists of numerous fight sequences, some long, some short. It also has numerous scenes where Tiger has to cope with problems that require him to keep fighting. There is no anti-gravity fighting in this film. The film freely mixes Chinese and English and has subtitles in both languages. Unfortunately the font is white as is the garment background making some words impossible to read.

It was one of the more entertaining fight films I have seen.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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If you have seen a lot of "films" <insert snooty-Hollywood-elite-sorta-accent here> and do not really like the genre, avoid this one. It stays true to its roots - action and more action. The fight scene choreography is good and the wire-work isn't over done. Different scenarios present themselves and, although some are typical, others are unexpected.

Don't expect any major work of art if that is what floats your boat. The photography is well done and the directing stays true to the plot. The older he gets the more impressed I become with Keanu Reeves and how he approaches his craft.

Just pure fun. Don't overthink this one. Enjoy it.
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Very interesting movie that expertly blended Western and Eastern thought mingled with exposing ancient and modern cultural norms and habits to come up with a meaningful flow and development that made sense and kept me focused throughout. A nice mixture of dialogue, action, and a theme that held together from the beginning to the end. The acting was above par and the action scenes rocked. Highly recommend.
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It seems that for years, fans of kick-flicks (like myself) had to import movies from Hong Kong in order to see good fights and stunt work, especially without that awful shaky-cam rock-video editing. Since prolific fight choreographer Yuen Woo Ping (serving here as action director) made it possible for non-martial-artist-Hollywood-actors like Keanu Reeves (serving here as director) to look proficient in kung fu (with 1999's "The Matrix"), China has essentially fallen off the map in the world of exciting movie fights, mostly from insisting that nearly every scene of martial arts since 2000 be done with either ridiculous wires, artsy slow motion, or both (yes, I know there are exceptions). So a dozen years later the very same American actor who symbolized Chinese movie-fight downfall would come into China to film his own directorial debut and ironically deliver fight scenes that were more competently filmed and traditional than any I'd seen in Chinese cinema in several years. What the hell?

Reeves plays Donaka, a wealthy man in Hong Kong who hosts a closed-circuit reality show involving fighters he selects. He soon chooses a seemingly docile Tai Chi practitioner named Tiger (Tiger Hu Chen, "House of Fury", who's very good) as his next prospect. Tiger has been studying for a long time and is the last descendent of Master Yang (the always awesome but seldom seen Yu Hai, "Yellow River Fighter") and the Ling Kong Temple, which is currently being threatened by developers, which causes Tiger to eventually accept Donaka's offer. Complicating things further is officer Sun Jingshi (Karen Mok, "Black Mask"), who's after Donaka, but has been ordered off the case.
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