I’m not sure how big of news it is in the west, but Keanu Reeves just release his Directorial Debut film: The Man Of Tai Chi. It’s a Chinese film for Chinese audiences with the intent to make distribution in the west.
I saw the film and it’s ok… some great action, but way too much of it. It has moments where you feel like you’re watching a Hong Kong film of the 70’s… The movie’s main failing is Keanu’s casting choice for his hero, Tiger Chen, a stunt man who has to be questioned for his acting chops. I don’t want to review the film, so I’ll shut up about it creatively. If you want to read reviews there are a couple here:
What’s interesting is the business end of the film… It’s a western film / filmmaker spending money in China to make a Chinese films.
Unfortunately it tanked! Less then US$3mil on opening weekend which means probably less than US$10mil for all it’s Chinese run. Reportedly the film was picked up by the Weinstein Co. so hopefully it’ll have a good global run.
The movie is about a young martial artist’s unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club.
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