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One of the best and most overlooked action movies of this past year was Keanu Reeves' directorial debut "Man of Tai Chi." The tale of a Faustian bargain between a good-hearted martial artist (played by Reeves' friend and stuntman Tiger Chen) and the evil operator of an underground fight club (Reeves, obviously), it packed in more visceral thrills and over-the-top action than movies ten-times its size. Thankfully, those who missed it will be able to catch up with the film, and we've got an exclusive clip. The brief clip is part of the film's very last fight sequence (don't worry, it doesn't spoil anything). After our hero has turned his back on the vicious underground fighting world in which Reeves has entangled him, he goes to his local temple. That's where Reeves finds him and gets to utter the film's insta-catchphrase: "You owe me a life." Fists are thrown. »
- Drew Taylor
Universal have unveiled a new interactive trailer for 47 Ronin on YouTube which allows a viewer to scroll through multiple scenes, and find characters of the film via glowing blue spots, get additional information on creatures & weapons, and even unlock exclusive pieces of content. It's very entertaining, as is the trailer itself and comes highly recommended. 47 Ronin opens on Christmas Day and stars Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano and Pacific Rim star Rinko Kikuchi. Watch it Now! Reeves makes an explosive return to action-adventure in 47 Ronin. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai »
Keanu Reeves' directorial debut hit DVD and BluRay yesterday and to celebrate we've got one dandy prize pack to give away to a lucky Twitch reader. Included? The Matrix trilogy on Blu-Ray, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon on Blu-Ray, Man Of Tai Chi on Blu-Ray and a Man Of Tai Chi poster signed by Keanu Reeves himself!You want your chance to win? Simple enough. Email me here and name the person The Matrix, Crouching Tiger and Man Of Tai Chi all have in common. Please include you mailing address....
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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Fast & Furious 6"
What's It About? Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Vin Diesel, and the late Paul Walker reunite with Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and future Wonder Woman Gal Gadot to put the pedal to the medal in the sixth iteration of this car-racing series. Can our favorite speed freaks outwit and outdrive a gang of drivers led by a British baddie named Shaw (Luke Evans)?
Why We're In: Besides the fact that some of the DVD earnings will be donated to the late Paul Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide, this is the perfect guilty-pleasure action film to pop on with a bunch of friends. It's worth it for the runway scene alone.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Big" (25th Anniversary Edition)
What's It About? Before Tom Hanks saved "Mr. Banks," he won our hearts as a little »
- Jenni Miller
The 49-year-old Canadian actor has been undergoing rigorous sword training, learning the Tengu sword techniques and pit-fighting techniques for the role of Kai, a Samurai, in his upcoming film, which based on real life event in early 18th Century in Japan, Universal Pictures India reported.
However, the 'Matrix' star revealed that he had a hard time shooting for the film, which is a mix of facts and fantasy, despite rigorously training.
'47 Ronin' is set to release in India on 27th December. (Ani) »
- Abhijeet Sen
Actors directing movies is a dicey proposition, at best. For every Ben Affleck or Clint Eastwood, who turn in some of the best work of their career behind the camera, you get Nicolas Cage directing “Sonny,” or Madonna forcing “W.E.” upon the world. So when we heard that Ted “Theodore” Logan himself, Keanu Reeves was going to helm a martial arts actioner, the news left us puzzled. But you know what, his first directorial effort, “Man of Tai Chi,” which just hit Blu-ray and DVD, is a damn good time, and delivers everything you want out of this type of movie. The plot is a super generic yarn about a young, brash Tai Chi student, Tiger Chen, played by a guy named Tiger Chen—with a name that awesome, why go with anything else? He’s the last in his master’s line and wants to show the world that Tai Chi can be badass, »
- Brent McKnight
Sometimes in films, there are truly great moments. There are amazing fight scenes in action movies, there are memorable one-liners in comedies, and there are terrifying sequences in horror. There are car chases. There are even some special motorbike chases. But one moment which stands out in any film is the impromptu music scene.
We see music scenes quite a lot in film, but mostly they fit in to the flow of the storyline, or form part of the narrative. If we’re watching a musical, then it can only be expected that there will be a music scene. If we’re watching a light hearted romantic comedy, music scenes often transition seamlessly within the plot. But some scenes break the mould. We don’t expect to see the main character break into song, or for a guitar to be produced from nowhere. Unexpected Jazz concerts or drum solos take us by pleasant surprise. »
- Jon Lovatt
Can the Wachowskis take the space opera format to the next level? Watch the trailer here and tell us what you think
If the Wachowski siblings' latest sci-fi fantasy extravaganza, Jupiter Ascending, had arrived soon after their Matrix trilogy, one imagines it might have got pretty short shrift from the critics. The debut trailer, which hit the web today, has borrowed so many tropes and archetypes from their earlier saga that few would be surprised if stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum were to begin fighting in bullet time or spouting sub-Lewis Carroll homilies.
There's the downtrodden ingenue – Kunis's Russian cleaner stepping in for Keanu Reeves's bored computer programmer – who suddenly finds the layers of reality peeled back to reveal a whole new world at which he or she inexplicably sits at the apex. There's the charismatic, cyberpunky warrior type (Tatum's feisty Caine subbing for Carrie-Anne Moss's slinky »
- Ben Child
Universal's action samurai fantasy 47 Ronin made its debut in Japan this weekend, taking just £1.3 million from 33 locations. Although making more than both Captain Phillips and Red 2, the $170 million epic looks set for a doomed U.S. opening this coming Christmas.
47 Ronin has been long in the works, with the release date shifting three times from November 2012, to February 2013 and then finally to Christmas Day. The martial arts epic stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), Ko Shibisaka (One Missed Call) and Jin Akanishi (Speed Racer) as part of a group of 47 samurai, who set out to avenge the death and dishonour of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun. First time director Carl Rinsch is helming the film, and it is due to arrive here in the UK on Boxing Day. »
- Gary Collinson
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Producers are quietly warning investors that 47 Ronin, the actor's new samurai film, could lose millions at the box office. Just when we thought Keanu had cheered up
Oh, please. That "Sad Keanu" meme is so 2010. I don't know what you're talking about.
That photo of Keanu sitting on a bench eating a sandwich and looking glum that attracted amusing captions, spread across the internet like wildfire and inspired a Cheer up Keanu Day (June 15)? It was fun, but it's over. I know nothing of this. I was referring to the sadness surrounding Keanu Reeves's latest film.
What has he got to be sad about? His new film, 47 Ronin, is said to be a box-office flop.
Never heard of it. When did it come out? »
Keanu Reeves had been searching for a way to get into directing when he realized the story he wanted to tell was one he learned six years ago.
EW has an exclusive look at a Reeves interview, in which he talks about meeting Man of Tai Chi’s star, Tiger Hu Chen, on the set of The Matrix, and listening to the stories of his Tai Chi training. So when Tiger approached Reeves with the idea of collaborating, Reeves realized he had finally found “the story to tell.”
Watch the clip below: »
- Samantha Highfill
Keanu Reeves directorial debut, Man Of Tai Chi, looks to take all of the great elements from martial arts films and compile them into a two hour homage to a bygone genre (see our review here!). We rarely get martial arts movies of high quality these days unless you count The Matrix films. Man Of Tai Chi has been in development for five years during which time Reeves worked to develop an entirely new method for filming fight sequences that was unfortunately not able to make it into the film. »
- Alex Maidy
If a samurai movie can’t work in Japan, where can it?
Universal execs are asking themselves just that after the weekend’s weak performance of “47 Ronin” in Japan, where the mega-budgeted Keanu Reeves starrer launched ahead of the Dec. 25 Stateside bow, with a paltry estimated $1.3 million from 333 playdates.
The troubling local start did land the film first among foreign pics, though it ranked third overall behind two local-language films.
The Japanese territory is notoriously difficult to crack for international films, since the country has such a strong local market. That is true for nearly every foreign-language film in Japan, but for “47 Ronin,” which not only tells a story famous in Japanese folklore (albeit with great liberties taken), it stars popular local talent including Hiroyuki Sanada.
Also, the poor opening is not just bad news for “47 Ronin” locally as a soft set-up for the very competitive year-end holidays, but the »
- Andrew Stewart
Universal’s Keanu Reeves action fantasy epic “47 Ronin” made its debut in Japan over the weekend, and took in $1.3 million from 333 locations. The debut by “47 Ronin” topped two other U.S. movies in their second week in the marketplace, “Captain Phillips” and “Red 2,” but Monday’s final figurs put it behind four Japanese movies. Most analysts believe it will struggle to find its footing in the crowded holiday marketplace in the U.S., but given its subject matter and Japanese stars Rinko Kiuchi, Tadanobu Asano and Hiroyuki Sanada, it was seen as having potential to score in Asia. The U. »
- Todd Cunningham
Universal's big-budget 47 Ronin -- starring Keanu Reeves -- got off to a disappointing start in Japan over the weekend, grossing $1.3 million from 333 engagements. The samurai epic, costing at least $175 million to produce, is opening in select foreign markets ahead of its Dec. 25 launch in North America. The movie's release was delayed several times in order to allow for re-shoots. Earlier: Studio Ghibli's 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya' Tops Japanese Box Office Placing No. 3 in Japan, 47 Ronin did notably less than Universal had hoped for. It opens next in Singapore (Dec. 19), Malaysia
- Pamela McClintock
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Just as its East German teen subjects took skateboarding behind the Iron Curtain, so this "documentary" smuggles faked footage into its true 1980s history. The result is a fascinating parallel pop-cultural history with a moving (but imaginary) human centre. Working out what's true and what's not only adds to the fun.
Stubborn old Dern and son take a quixotic road trip back into family, and American, history.
Disney's classy, sparkly assault on the Christmas holidays, with wintry vistas, musical numbers and a sister-powered fairytale. »
- Steve Rose
The latest clip from Universal Pictures' 47 Ronin seems slightly reminiscent of a fight in The Wolverine, since a "silver samurai" is involved in both scenes. The red-clad Kai (Keanu Reeves) is thoroughly outmatched in this battle scene, which also features Hiroyuki Sanada. In addition, we have five international TV spots for this action-thriller from director Carl Rinsch, which arrives in theaters Christmas Day.
47 Ronin comes to theaters December 25th, 2013 and stars Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi, Rick Genest, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Haruka Abe, Yorick van Wageningen. The film is directed by Carl Rinsch. »
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The film that kick-started Hong Kong cinema's kung-fu renaissance and launched Jet Li towards a future of substandard western action movies. Its subject was already well known to local audiences: Wong Fei-hung was a real person: a turn-of-the-century martial arts master and healer who's become something of a folk hero. Like Sherlock Holmes or Robin Hood, he'd been portrayed many times before. Jackie Chan played him in Drunken Master, and a long-running Wong Fei-hung film series during the 1950s and 60s gave roles to the fathers of Bruce Lee and Yuen Wo-ping, »
I truly hope that one day this third Bill & Ted movie gets made. We've been hearing about it for years, and both Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves are excited to do it. There's already a script ready to go! So what's the hold up on Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Part 3? According to Reeves it's the budget, and in a recent interview with Access Hollywood he explains,
“It needs to be adapted because right now, it would cost $400 million to make."
Whoa! $400 million is a lot of freakin' money! That would be the most expensive movie ever made! Not sure why it would need a budget that big, that seems pretty ridiculous. Reeves goes on to give us a little insight on what the plot of the film would entail, saying,
“There’s a rift in the universe and there’s all sorts of creatures.”
So maybe they are planning »
- Joey Paur
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