By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire May 22, 2013 at 5:24AM
RADiUS - TWC is on a roll at Cannes, announcing today that the company has acquired North American rights to Keanu Reeves' directorial debut "Man of Tai Chai," days after nabbing the Directors' Fortnight thriller "Blue Ruin." Their Nicolas Winding Refn, Ryan Gosling-starring Palme d'Or contender "Only God Forgives" just premiered this morning at the festival. RADiUS has slated a fourth quarter 2013 release for Reeves' film.
Set in modern
Beijing, "Man of Tai Chai" film follows the spiritual journey of a young martial
artist (Tiger Hu Chen) whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a
highly lucrative underworld fight club. As the fights grow tougher, he
must compromise his own beliefs in order to survive.
Reeves stars in the film opposite Chen – a stuntman on "The Matrix" series who also trained him - in his first leading role, as well as up-and-coming international action stars Iko Uwais ("The Raid") and Jeremy Marinas.