If hate-watching has a chance of crossing over from television to movies, Keanu Reeves’s directorial debut may be just the film to bridge the gap. The new international trailer for “Man of Tai Chi” looks like it has everything his fans want — lots of “Matrix”-y fighting — and critics don’t — limited range in facial expression.
The film stars Reeves as the underworld leader of an extreme fight club in Beijing who recruits a young martial artist played by Tiger Hu Chen (Reeves’ martial arts trainer for “The Matrix”) to fight for him. Yet something gets in the way of this seemingly solid partnership seeing as the trailer ends with Reeves growling “You owe me a life,” before attacking his one-time protege. It’s a fight we’re dying to see in a premise we’re already hoping to forget. But hey, you never know. Maybe Reeves has a knack for storytelling and “Man of Tai Chi” will make us all forget about “The Matrix Revolutions.”
No release date has been announced, but earlier reports point to the fourth quarter of this year. If that proves to be the case, it will be the second Keanu Reeves-starring martial arts film to hit theaters in late 2013. Reeves’ long-delayed “47 Ronin” is reportedly ready for a Christmas Day release. Check out the trailer for “Man of Tai Chi” below, and let us know if you plan on catching either of Keanu’s martial arts megapics in the comments section.