The trailer for martial arts film, Man of Tai Chi <太極俠, was unveiled at the Beijing International Film Festival last month. The Chinese-American collaboration is the directorial debut of Keanu Reeves, who appears in the film as well. The cast also includes Karen Mok (莫文蔚), Simon Yam (任達華), and mainland Chinese actor Tiger Chen (陳虎).
In Man of Tai Chi, Karen plays Juanxiu, a female police officer in Hong Kong who has investigated the underground boxing organization, led by Donaka (Keanu Reeves), for many years. Quick-witted and resourceful, Juanxiu is willing to fight to death to expose these illegal boxing matches. She also uses her own methods to rescue and guide male lead Chen Linhu (Tiger Chen), a tai chi practitioner whom Donaka targets in order to turn him into a cold-blooded killer.
At the movie’s worldwide press conference, Keanu joked that his character is a “devil,” whereas Karen’s role is a “female knight” who can be seen as justice incarnated, sent to eradicate the devil. He praised Karen for being a good actress, saying that she tried her best to make every movement perfect, even though she was not a professional martial artist.
Man of Tai Chi is Karen and Keanu’s first collaboration, as well as Karen’s first foray into Hollywood films. She first caught the eye of the movie’s producers due to her mixed ancestry of Chinese, Welsh, German, and Iranian, in addition to her knowledge of the basics of fighting.
When asked to comment on the movie, Karen said she was extremely happy to work with Keanu and that this movie is a challenge for her. She also hopes that in the future, she will have opportunities to appear in more action-themed movies and become the most valiant of martial arts females.
Man of Tai Chi is expected to open in theaters this summer.
“Man of Tai Chi” Trailer
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This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.