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MAN OF TAI CHI

 
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At Theaters: 11/1/2013 On Video: 12/10/2013
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600270
Studio: Radius T W C
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A young martial artist's unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. As the fights intensify, so does his will to survive.
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Action - Keanu Reeves co-stars and directs this martial arts starring showcase for Tiger Chen, with Reeves playing the much smaller role of the villain. The film is largely subtitled. While there is fairly minimal blood, the martial arts fights are very brutal, thus giving caution to parents.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Keanu Reeves THE MATRIX, SPEED
Tiger Chen KUNG FU HERO
Karen Mok AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, BLACK MASK
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The Characters
About the Production
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PROFANITY: 2 miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Brutal martial arts fights with some blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Lots of martial arts fights.
COMEDY: None.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Good 'Man of Tai Chi' is hugely entertaining.

Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Below Average Most of the movie consists of loud, visually dynamic fights, between Beijing deliveryman Tiger Chen...In between is the flimsiest tissue of a plot.

NY Post Full Review
Poor The film is one grunting, whirling martial-arts matchup after another, the opponents popping up like so many video game levels.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
In bustling Beijing, China, ambitious young "Tiger" Chen Lin-Hu (Tiger Chen) works as a lowly courier; but after work, he is a young martial arts star, rising through the ranks representing the Ling Kong Tai Chi tradition. Though most associate Tai Chi with peaceful, yoga-like movements, Tiger has perfected the ancient art and started to make a name for himself in the prestigious Wulin Wang martial arts championship.

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, police investigator, Suen Jing-Si (Karen Mok), who works for the organized crime unit OCTB, has run into a wall in her pursuit of Donaka Mark (Keanu Reeves). Donaka is a powerful Hong Kong businessman who runs a secret underground fighting ring, where cold hard cash is made by defeating one's opponent in a no-holds barred fight privately broadcast to wealthy patrons. Looking for a new "star," Donaka tries to lure Tiger with the promise of easy money.

At first, Tiger declines, committed to the purity and integrity of his pursuit. But when his temple is threatened with redevelopment, Tiger relents so that he may protect the legacy of Ling Kong Tai Chi. Soon, Tiger is an underground sensation, defeating international opponents with reputations of deadly force. But the darker side of Tiger's skill begins to emerge. His public fights in the Wulin Wang tournament become more aggressive, bringing Tiger unwanted attention and shame to his elderly master (Yu Hai).

Seemingly unable to harness the darkness inside of himself, Tiger eventually agrees to work with Jing-Si to bring down Donaka's deadly private game. But when every fight is the fight of his life, will Tiger be able to sustain his best intentions and manage the darkest and worst possibilities of his craft?

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