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Man of Tai Chi (2013)

R | | Action, Drama | 5 July 2013 (China)
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A young martial artist's unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club.

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'Tiger' Chen Lin Hu
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Inspector Suen Jing Si
Hai Yu ...
Master Yang
Qing Ye ...
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Superintendent Wong
Hirata Yasuyuki ...
Thin Man
Brian Siswojo ...
Gong Au Young
Michael Tong ...
Shek Kuan
Sam Lee ...
De-Ming
Jiulong Guo ...
Old Commentator
Huang Jiang Xiang ...
Young Commentator
Zihan Xia ...
Li Hung
Sung-jun Yoo ...
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Gilang Sunjaya
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Storyline

Tiger Chen is a Tai Chi student who is rather rebellious and uses Tai Chi to fight despite his master's concerns. When the temple where he studies get threatened from modern redevelopment, he fights in an underground fight club to get money the temple needs. However he soon realizes that his employer has other negative motives. Written by Immanuel A.

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No rules. No mercy. Pure fighting.

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Action | Drama

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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5 July 2013 (China)  »

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O Homem do Tai Chi  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$61,054 (USA) (1 November 2013)

Gross:

$61,054 (USA) (1 November 2013)
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2.35 : 1
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The correct spelling of Tai Chi is T'ai Chi. T'ai Chi is shortened for T'ai Chi Ch'uan and the meaning of it is "Supreme Ultimate Fist". See more »

Quotes

Master Yang: You must meditate.
'Tiger' Chen Lin Hu: Why?
Master Yang: To clear your mind, guide your Chi and gain control.
'Tiger' Chen Lin Hu: I have control.
Master Yang: No, you have power not control.
'Tiger' Chen Lin Hu: Power is control.
Master Yang: That is an illusion.
'Tiger' Chen Lin Hu: It is not an illusion... it's reality. I live in it, you don't. What I learn here I can't use out there.
Master Yang: How can you use what you have not yet learned? Only when you've dispelled these illusions, will you find your way again.
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Salut D'amour
Written by Edward Elgar
Performed by China Philharmonic
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Excellent directorial début by Reeves
10 August 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I liked what I saw in the trailer, but was still not sure what Keanu Reeves would do as a director. I have heard from him in many interviews how he is a 'kung-fu film nut' but you can never be sure if actors are serious in interview or not. Once you see this movie, you can tell just how much of a kung-fu film nut he actually is. He used the camera very well in every single fight scene, none of the shaky-cam stuff we see in most action and kung-fu movies today - where the speed of the camera makes the pacing of the fight. On the contrary in Man of Tai Chi Reeves keeps the camera stationary, or only slowly panning in the fight scenes, he also used a lot fewer quick-camera cuts. Essentially he allowed the impressiveness of the moves and styles themselves to shine through. If you choreograph the fights well enough the camera does not need to be moving fast, in fact it could sit in one place and not move at all and the fight is still impressive. He still need to work a bit on his dramatic direction but he has fight scenes down pat. If he somehow reads this, or someone who knows him does - don't change a thing with your fight direction.


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