Keanu Reeves proved he “knew kung-fu” when he appeared as Neo in The Matrix, and since then fans have been eager to see him use his skills once more. Thankfully, we will get to see his skills when 47 Ronin arrives on 8th February 2013. However, in a more exciting piece of news, and something which has sadly passed me by, Reeves is directing a kung-fu based movie called The Man of Tai Chi, and todays news is proof that this is going to be something very special.
Reeves will also star in the film as the villain, and already he has cast Tiger Chen (who worked on the stunt team in The Matrix) as the protagonist, and Karen Mok East Meets West) as the femme fatale. The story revolves around “In Beijing, a young martial artist’s skill places him in position to experience opportunities and sacrifices”
Reeves is taking his directorial debut very seriously indeed, and when it comes to fight scenes here is what Reeves had to say: “There’s 18 fights. We’ve timed it out. It’s about 40 minutes of fighting. I want to make a good, solid kung fu movie. Good story, good plot—but let’s get some good kung fu going!”
Interesting, but far more interesting when you hear how the fights will be filmed. Reeves is using a revolutionary new camera which will allow directors to get up close and personal with the action like never before. With most fight films, the placing of the camera is key, however the ‘Bot & Dolly’s Iris’ camera is something which will give a whole new vision to the way we watch fight scenes. The impressive camera is known as the world’s most advanced Robotic motion control camera system.
For proof of just how cool this camera is, Reeves has put together a short video to show off the camera’s skills, and we also have a second video to further prove the camera’s abilities. Check them both out below and expect to see The Man of Tai Chi in cinemas next year.
By Matt Wavish