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Man of Tai Chi (2013)

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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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Keanu Reeves

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tiger Hu Chen ... 'Tiger' Chen Lin Hu
Keanu Reeves ... Donaka Mark
Karen Mok ... Inspector Suen Jing Si
Hai Yu Hai Yu ... Master Yang
Qing Ye ... Ching Sha
Simon Yam ... Superintendent Wong
Yasuyuki Hirata Yasuyuki Hirata ... Thin Man
Brian Siswojo Brian Siswojo ... Gong Au Young
Michael Tong ... Shek Kuan
Sam Lee ... De-Ming
Jiulong Guo Jiulong Guo ... Old Commentator
Huang Jiang Xiang Huang Jiang Xiang ... Young Commentator
Zihan Xia Zihan Xia ... Li Hung
Sung-jun Yoo Sung-jun Yoo ... Chi Tak
Iko Uwais ... 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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Taglines:

No rules. No mercy. Pure fighting.

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | China | Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English | Mandarin

Release Date:

5 July 2013 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

O Homem do Tai Chi See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,850,000 (China), 1 July 2013

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,054, 3 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,144, 7 November 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,364,741, 31 December 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tiger Chen really did dislocate his shoulder during one fight. Which prompts Chen to say that in real-life, it was his right shoulder, not left, which was dislocated. See more »

Quotes

Female Announcer: A fine line separates a fighter from a warrior. One is motivated by reason, the other, by purpose.
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Connections

Referenced in Showreel: Lauren and Toni at the Movies (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Salut D'amour
Written by Edward Elgar
Performed by China Philharmonic
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Very good Tai Chi Kung Fu movie with moral fiber inside.
14 July 2013 | by erniecolorado1See all my reviews

I read the reviews from regular users. I feel some missed the point here in this movie. I happen to be experienced at what is taught inside secret societies and underground fighting. Tai Chi is a foundation and a central skill of fighting and meaning. The fight with Tiger Chen and his master is definitely the most impressive. I gave it 7 out of 10 because the lesson he learned that self-control, meditation and humbling yourself makes you more of a winner and better fighter. He learned that finally. His master cared about him deeply and you can tell when he was so concerned about him using his skills for the wrong reasons. Many of the users that would give this a lower score due to the fact of Keanu Reeves and his first directing debut were taking a side trip and missing the movie. Whatever director you have you cannot foil the skills and charisma of Tiger Chen and his master, plus the moral lessons in this film. It was not a perfect film, but you have to notice how incredibly fluid and fast this guy is and in which proves Tai Chi is more than just a style of meditation and moves. However, this also comes with learning control and not letting yourself be moved by possessed anger. I will tell you the moves were authentic, real and had little wire work, barely any. They were real masters of Tai Chi Kung Fu, both Tiger and his master I can tell you that. Anyone that cannot see that has not been in front of this going on outside of a movie like I have. Remember his teacher said he had to slow down and empty himself. It is not all about fighting and speed. It is about using your Katas, focus for your entire movements and being able to transfer and use your Chi instead of just your physical body. In all of this and the lessons, it was a ten score.


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