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Concept Footage Emerges from Keanu Reeves’ Directorial Debut ‘Man of Tai Chi’

Written by on June 22, 2012 

Between delays on 47 Ronin and, well, not much news outside film format documentaries, Keanu Reeves‘ first directorial outing really kind of passed me by. Man of Tai Chi — which has already cast the star (Tiger Chen), a femme fatale (Karen Mok), and will feature the helmer as its antagonist — revolves around “a young martial artist whose fighting skills brings him to a realm of vast opportunities, and painful choices.” Not reinventing the action wheel, but we’ve already been told to expect “some serious fighting scenes.”

The film actually began shooting months ago, but Twitch have uncovered a video, recorded during the film’s pre-production, in which we’re given a pretty strong idea of just how “serious” those sequences might really be. Tai Chi plans to set itself apart from the kung fu noise by utilizing a camera system called Bot & Dolly, “the world’s most advanced Robotic motion control camera system,” allowing Reeves to go both above and around people during a hand-to-hand scene.

In the video, the director states his intention to “get what I’ve seen done before with CGI — putting the camera in places you couldn’t get — but wanting to have the flesh and blood elements there.” This is a very minor look, admittedly, but it’s not bad for a film we’d previously seen nothing of.

Watch it below:

Could Man of Tai Chi stand out with this new system?

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