Man of Tai Chi

Man of Tai Chi

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MPAA rating: R, violence.
Donaka Mark recruits a humble Tai Chi student, Tiger Chen, to his closed-circuit battles. But when the young man is seduced by money and power, it will trigger a war between the Hong Kong police, the world's deadliest combatants, and a peaceful spiritual discipline turned lethal new fighting style.


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Feb 05, 2019

This movie really annoyed me: near the beginning we see a magnificent Bugatti - - man oh man would love to drive one of those. Next we see Hong Kong female police detective, Chief Inspector Jing Si [perfectly played by Karen Mok, the epitome of the top-notch Hong Kong actress], having failed in a take-down now being debriefed by her police chief, dressed in a magnificent grey suit/shell grey tie combo - - at this point I begin gnashing my teeth, and next I am seriously annoyed when we see that the evil swine, portrayed by Keanu Reeves, lives in a magnificent ultra-modern palatial abode - - what a bunch of devils!
Of course, the most annoying point of all is that Keanu Reeves has managed to make one of the all-time great MMA movies. [Great details: they speak Mandarin in Heibi Province and Cantonese in Hong Kong.]

Nov 02, 2017

A credible martial arts film weaving some philosophy among the story of an obsessed underground fighting ringleader (Keanu Reeves). The bonus material does add some information about the origin and background of the main lead (Tiger Chen).
This is Keanu Reeves directorial debut and had first met Tiger Chen as an assistant fight choreographer on the Matrix series, under the direction of Yuen Woo-ping.
Other than the obvious use of cables, the fight scenes are decent with many long shots, among the more usual short close-ups fight sequences that you tend to see in Western movies.
This film is a mix of English and English subtitles sequences. Worth the watch, with some hesitance.
Keanu Reeves talked about working on the set with the fight sequences and look rather credible, as a fight participant, not knowing if it is really him or a double doing the stunts?

Meeseeks Oct 05, 2016

Good fight scenes choreographed by Yuen Woo-Ping.

Jun 13, 2015

This movie was good. The storyline seemed to continue dragging on, though, but the fighting scenes were excellent in my opinion.

Dec 25, 2014

Fast forward through plenty of the fight scenes on the fight-club floors. The hitting, headbutting and kicking were violent yet never drew a single bloody nose.

star01 Nov 12, 2014

Reeves has made a great movie right out of the gate. I loved this film, the fights were fantastic. His roll was so understated and deep. I see that some people do not know how to set up a film to be English, now that is funny. If you love his movies you will like his first directed/costar movie. If you were looking for a CGI movie like his other major hits, this is not one of them. This was real, these fights happen and most people don't know that, such a deep exciting and painful to watch film. Where did they find all these talented martial artists, the best I have seen in any movie.

May 17, 2014

To Keanu's credit as 1st time director, this movie does not totally suck.

aaa5756 Apr 12, 2014

This wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, it is far from being good. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way. Very predictable but still entertaining.

Chaos1214 Apr 09, 2014

Watchable grade B production. The problem with Reeves' direction is he lacks the finesse (of the type possessed by those who've directed him in the past) to artfully conceal his own shortage of acting ability. I don't say this out of meaness, I actually like most of the flicks he's in.

Mar 29, 2014

Good movie, nice action. Not in English but other than that it really was an interesting story with lots of action.

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Laura_X Apr 01, 2015

A fine line separates a fighter from a warrior. One is motivated by reason, the other, by purpose.

Dec 25, 2014

TAI CHI IS ABOUT BALANCE: The harmony of form and spirit. But power could also solve the problem. The choice you made today will not only affect your martial ability, it will also determine the essence of who you will become. You need to be aware of this. This decision will lead you to a very different path. As the only successor
of this martial art, you must take time to meditate, in order to fully understand it.
Tiger: I have control.
Master: No, you have power, not control.
Tiger: Power is control.
Master: That is an illusion.
Tiger: It is not an illusion, it's reality. I live in it, you don't. What I learn in here, I can't use out there.
Master: How can you use what you have not yet learned? Only when you've dispelled these illusions, will you find your way again.

aaa5756 Apr 12, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill


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