Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, continues to be a bit of a mystery. Yes we have had some very vivid plot details and a rather awesome video showing how the fight scenes will be shot, but there has been very little else revealed on the film. Now in post-production, I am hoping that promotional goodness begins being released very soon, and with today’s reveling of the films poster and a few images, then hopefully this is a sign of bigger things to come sooner rather than later.
The images feature Reeves himself both as director and in character as the films villain. Also seen in the images is Tiger Hu Chen (who was a key member of The Matrix stunt team) who plays the lead character of the film. The first official poster is also included below which is actually very cool. You can see the images above and below, and you will find the poster below too.
Keanu Reeves is directing the kung-fu epic which he says: “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!”
Reeves clearly wants to display plenty of action in his new film, and also show off a visionary new way of shooting fight scenes (more info here), and with any luck this new approach will further allow his cast to shine on screen. The Raid star Iko Uwais signed on to play a character who appears in one of the films later fights, squaring up against the films hero, played by Tiger Chen.
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”