/Filmcast Ep. 245 – Rush

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DaveDevindra, and Germain discuss Marvel’s attempt at bringing the Avengers universe to television, chat about the merits of Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut, and praise Ron Howard’s latest indie film.

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Man of Tai Chi

After starring in a few martial arts-influenced films, Keanu Reeves is moving on to directing one of his own. His debut Man of Tai Chi stars Tiger Hu Chen as a talented martial artist who’s recruited by a shady figure (Reeves) to participate in an underground fighting tournament.

The first trailer focused mostly on the fighting, while the second delved a bit more into the plotline and Tiger’s moral dilemma. The latest video offers even more of the lead’s backstory, as a grave old man helpfully reminds Tiger that he is “the only successor of this martial art.”

Karen Mok (So Close), Simon Yam (Ip Man 1 & 2), and Iko Uwais (The Raid) also star. Watch the newest trailer after the jump.

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One of the best film events of the year is Fantastic Fest, which takes place at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. The first wave of the 2013 fest has been announced, and it has some great stuff. There’s Keanu Reeves, who’ll appear with his directorial debut Man of Tai Chi (trailer); the Cannes weirdness of Borgman (trailer); the excellent SXSW thriller Cheap Thrills; and the restored Cabal Cut of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.

The full list of first wave titles is below. Read More »

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One of the most prestigious film festivals in North America, the Toronto Film Festival, has begun to announce its line up for 2013. The event takes place September 5-15 and as usual, the line-up includes pretty much every highly-anticipated awards contender scheduled for release through the end of the year.

Just a few examples are the Jackie Brown prequel Life of Crime, Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, the star-studded August: Osage County, Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, the West Memphis Three film Devil’s Knot (above), Jason Reitman’s latest Labor Day, Jason Bateman’s debut Bad Words, Ron Howard’s Rush, the Wikileaks film The Fifth Estate, Mike Myers’ documentary Supermench, Matthew Weiner’s You Are Here, Hugh Jackman in Prisoners, Keanu Reeves’ Man of Tai Chi and Alfonso Cuaron’s space drama, Gravity.

And they haven’t even finished announcing everything. Below, read everything in this first wave. Read More »

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This new trailer for Keanu Reeves‘ directorial debut Man of Tai Chi is quite an improvement over the last look we had at the movie. This is a fight film, pure and simple, but this trailer suggests a lot more story and a more complicated moral path for the main character. The movie looks more polished, and the fights look like they’re hard-hitting but simply-executed setpieces.

Tiger Hu Chen (Kung Fu Hero) plays a martial artist who is targeted by Reeves to take part in a fight competition, but there seems to be more to it than just that. The film also features Karen Mok (Shaolin Soccer) and Iko Uwais (The Raid), with fight choreography by Yuen Wo-Ping.

Check out the new trailer below. Read More »

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Here’s the first footage from Keanu Reeves‘ directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, and it isn’t quite what I expected to see. This is a fight film through and through, which we knew to expect, but one that seems to have more in common with a film like Bloodsport than the fight-heavy films Reeves is known for as an actor. Which is to say, this isn’t quite The Matrix.

Tiger Hu Chen (Kung Fu Hero) plays a martial artist who seems to be drawn into some sort of organized fighting competition by Reeves, whose aim is really to break down a trained human fighter into a killer. The film also features Karen Mok (Shaolin Soccer) and Iko Uwais (The Raid, and who you won’t see in this teaser), with fight choreography by Yuen Wo-Ping.

Some of the dialogue here is not subtitled, so there are a few story beats that might not be clear. But Reeves’ insistent tagline at the end might be all too clear. Read More »

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Keanu Reeves has been in a couple of big martial arts influenced movies (those Matrix films come to mind, and there’s the delayed 47 Ronin) and now he’s directing his own. The film is called Man of Tai Chi, and features Reeves as the villain, with Tiger Hu Chen (who worked in the Matrix stunt team) as the hero. The movie also features Karen Mok (So Close), Simon Yam (Ip Man 1 & 2) and Iko Uwais (The Raid), with the rather famous and very skilled Yuen Woo Ping (The MatrixCrouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) as the action director.

Man of Tai Chi will make its debut later this year, but in the meantime we’ve got the first images and a teaser poster.  Read More »

A couple decades ago, and even today, the best way to shoot a complex martial-arts fight scene is the simplest: get good stuntmen, choreograph the hell out of the scene, and then set the camera back in such a way that it really captures their work, with the longest takes that make sense. Jackie Chan and some other classic Hong Kong filmmakers were great at this — their fights had power because the people had power, and the camera caught it.

Now we see a lot of quick editing, severe close-ups and takes stitched together with CGI. Which is fine, but doesn’t tend to have the same impact.

Keanu Reeves is now shooting his directorial debut Man of Tai Chi, and for some of the fights he’s using an advanced motion-control camera to blend classic technique with the sort of untethered, flying camera that audiences are used to seeing. Check out a video below. Read More »

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