Man of Tai Chi

November 1st 2013
  • Action/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 105 min,
  • The Weinstein Company
  • Cast: Tiger Hu Chen, Keanu Reeves, Karen Mok, Simon Yam, Michael Chan, Qing Ye, Yu Hai, Sam Lee, Iko Uwais, Brahim Achabbakhe, Steven Dasz, Ocean Hou, Helene Leclerc, Jeremy Marinas, Michael Tong, Sung-jun Yoo, Hai Yu
  • Director: Keanu Reeves
  • Writer: Michael G. Cooney
  • Producers: Lemore Syvan, Daxing Zhang, Noah Weinzweig
  • Art Direction: Miyuki Kitagawa
  • Casting: PoPing AuYeung
  • Costume Design: Joseph A. Porro
  • D.O.P.: Elliot Davis
  • Editor: Derek Hui
  • Production Design: Yohei Taneda


Set in modern Beijing, "Man of Tai Chi" marks Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut. The film, also starring Reeves, follows the spiritual journey of a young martial artist (Tiger Chen) whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. As the fights intensify, so does his will to survive.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Beijing, China; Hong Kong, China; Macau, China
  • MPAA Warning: Violence
  • Production Budget: $25 million
  • Production Companies: China Film Group, Company Films, Dalian Wanda Group, Village Roadshow Pictures
  • Production Schedule: February 2012 - April 2012

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2013 Guide Analysis: "Shot almost a year ago following his work on Universal's "47 Ronin," there's still not a lot that's known about Keanu Reeves' directorial debut beyond it being a fairly modestly budgeted $25 million martial arts film. Village Roadshow, China Film and Wanda Group are producing the project which stars Reeves, "The Matrix" stuntman Tiger Hu Chen, and "The Raid" star Iko Uwais.

Shot in English and Mandarin, the film is said to contain eighteen fights that totals around forty minutes of solid kung-fu combat. One thing Reeves is trying to do is reinvent the way fight scenes are shot, and is doing it using an experimental camera system. In a proof of concept video released last Summer, Reeves said: "The ambition for me was trying to get what I've seen done before with CGI and putting the camera in places where you couldn't get, but wanting to have the flesh and blood elements there.""

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 5 July 2013: China
  • 11 July 2013: Indonesia, Singapore
  • 17 July 2013: Philippines