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Check Out The Trailer For Man Of Tai Chi, Keanu Reeves’ Directorial Debut

Submitted by on June 15, 2013 – 9:15 am4 Comments

Keanu Reeves knows Kung Fu, and now he can add Tai Chi to the list. The Matrix star is making his directorial debut with the martial arts epic Man Of Tai Chi, and the amazing first trailer dropped this week:

Is it just me, or does this look pretty sweet? There’s not much of a synopsis yet; the trailer suggests that Reeves plays an evil rich guy who wants to corrupt a pure martial artists (Tiger Hu Chen) just for fun.

More attention is being paid to the production team and cast, which include action director Woo-ping Yuen (Drunken Master, Kill Bill Vol. 2) and Iko Uwais (The Raid).

Unfortunately, those who were excited last year by a “proof of concept” video for the film may be a little disappointed. Reeves had worked with a highly intricate robotic camera system and intended to use it to film the fights, but ultimately found it too expensive to bring to principal photography in China.

At first glance, many might not expect Keanu Reeves to have an auspicious start as a director. Reeves’ acting has often left something to be desired over the years, and his eternal association with California-stoner character Ted has left him with the public image of being… well, a California stoner. But in public appearances, Reeves has always seemed very intelligent and engaging; and he recently produced a critically-acclaimed documentary on the transition from film to digital in cinema.

What do you think of the first look at Man of Tai Chi?

[via Reddit]

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