One of the industry’s best one-note actors, Keanu Reeves is making his directorial debut with a good old fashioned martial arts film. Here is the international trailer for his film, Man of Tai Chi.
In Reeves’s directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, it is a kung-fu film about a young martial artist’s experiences in Beijing. Tiger Chen, who was a member of the stunt team for The Matrix, plays the film’s young protagonist, while Reeves plays the villain. The film will also include cast members Karen Mok (So Close), Simon Yam (Ip Man 1 and 2) and Iko Uwais (The Raid). Moreover, the venerated choreographer Yuen Woo Ping, known for his work in The Matrix and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, is onboard as the film’s action director. Reeves previously stated that Man of Tai Chi will have 18 fights and roughly 40 minutes of fighting time.
Some of the dialogue in the trailer is not subtitled, so there are a few story beats that might not be clear. But Reeves’ insistent tagline at the end might be all too clear. It will be interesting to see how Reeves directs actors that may share the same stoic emotional ground that he has mined so well in his earlier films.
The film has no release date in the U.S.
Check out some picture from the film below: