SINGAPORE - Movie Reivew
MAN OF TAI CHI (NC16) - 3 Stars.
Keanu Reeves' directorial debut delivers exciting, realistic fisticuffs despite a cliched plot.
He plays a villianous businessman who runs a fighting ring for wealthy patrons in which opponents pummel each other to the death.
Reeves' real-life friend, Chinese stuntmanturned- actor Tiger Chen, stars as a young taiji master who, lured by easy money, joins the secret underground establishment.
Fast-paced fight scenes take up most of the Hollywood-China co-production's screen time, as Chen shows off his amazing gongfu skills.
But his acting chops don't match up and he looks uncomfortable on screen and does not show much emotion.