MAN OF TAI CHI (USA 2013)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

Man of Tai Chi—high brutality, low realism—lacks realism in its fight scenes despite the excellent pairing of Keanu Reeves with Tiger Hu Chen. Unfortunately, the two actors’ full potential is not realized onscreen. It may have been better to allow Keanu Reeves to act rather than act and direct. This would have allowed a third critical, objective eye to see how to pull the good potential in this movie to the forefront. Many of the fight scenes seem low budget or poorly funded. In this type of movie, which relies on the fighting action to drive the movie, misses its mark due to what appears to be a restrained budgeting challenge.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia

Storyline

 Tai Chi, underworld fight clubs, and one man’s martial arts skills are examined in this story.

 Additional Thanks

 Thank you to Director Keanu Reeves for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Lemore Syvan, Noah Weinzweig, and Daxing Zhang for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Chen Lin Hu (Tiger Hu Chen), Donaka Mark (Keanu Reeves), Inspector Suen Jing Si (Karen Mok), Master Yang (Hai Yu), Ching Sha (Qing Ye), Superintendent Wong (Simon Yam), Thin Man (Yasuyuki Hirata), and Gong Au Young (Brian Siswojo). 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The movie’s script is well-written, but there seems to be a disconnect between the power of the script and the final onscreen production.

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