Man of Tai Chi

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Action, Drama
Director(s): Keanu Reeves
Production: Radius-TWC
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min


Sniper team in position.

- Go, go!

- Go! Police!

Finish him.

Finish him.

What happened, Chi-Tak?

You let me down.

Come on, D. Let me explain.

Next time, I promise I'll do...

You're not a warrior,

you're a rat.

Find me another contestant.

Listen to me.

New radio

for China's new age...

New radio for China's new age...

- 98.6 Hits FM.

- 98.6 Hits FM.

Start your day right...

the right way. The right...

Tai chi, that's different.


- What do you think, boss?

- Start the content.

I'm on it.

We have a contender.

Stuck in traffic

and late for work?

Here's a new song

to make you feel better.

- Better.

- New radio for China's

- new age, 98.6...

- Better.

Start your day the right way.

They say it's just underground

fighting, but it's not.

There's something else

going on.

Officer Suen, please.

- You gotta get me out.

- I'll get you out. I promise.

Where are we going?

Please approach the mirror.

Please stand facing the mirror

before the white line.

Turn to the left.

Turn to the right.

Now please face the mirror...

...and state your name.

Tiger Chen.




- How do you feel?

- Good.


- Was that tai chi?

- Yes.

- Really? What style?

- My own.

How would you like to test

how good you are, Tiger?

Or could become?

No referees, no rules.

Pure fighting, man to man.

Would do you mean?

What's the job?

- You fight and get paid.

- I fight and get paid?

What about the

security position?

This pays better.

I can't fight tai chi for money.

It's dishonorable.

You must have responsibilities.

A master? Parents?

Fight for them.

- What if I lose?

- You're fired.

Call me.

Enjoy your flight home.

- Mr. Donaka Mark.

- Tiger.

- I'm interested.

- So am I.

This is how it works.

Now please face the mirror

- and state your name.

- Tiger Chen.


Come on, let's fight!

Come on!

Come on!


Damn, that guy's a beast.

He likes it.

- Fantastic.

- What?


Hey, Tiger! I'm Gong.

Man, I need to shake your hand.

Who are they?

What are they doing?

What, those? For your fans.

What do you mean, my fans?

People watch?

The world over, Tiger.

They love it. They love you.

No, no one ever said anything

about showing the fights.

Hey, don't worry about it, man.

It don't get screened

in China, just overseas,

to a very select few group.

I thought this was private.

I thought...

It is. Don't worry about it.

Look, it's like pay-per-view.

People pay to see the fight,

that simple.

And right now, T-man,

you are the star!

- Were they always watching?

- Does it matter?

Is that what you fought for?


Is that why you won?


- Why'd you win?

- Because I'm better.

What's the number?

Good, they like him.

This is Gong, live from

Beijing Championship Hall,

signing off from another

fantastic fight,

where our T-man, man of tai chi,

was once again outrageous.

He has it in him.

"Fish taste pork"?

With rice, too?

Damn, I'm hungry right now, man.

- Hello?

- - I'm not interrupting, am I?

- No.

- Tomorrow night.

- What time?

- Six p.m.

See you tomorrow.

What's going on?

Where's the fight?

Does it matter?

What's going on?

Who are all those people?

Your fans.

Get yourself ready.

Here I am tonight

with my man Tiger Chen,

just before the fight.

What you got to say, Tiger?

Tell our audience how you feel.

Are you ready?

- Yes.

- All right, he's ready!

Good evening.

It is my honor to introduce

to you Tiger Chen...

...and his opponents Zian...

...and Zihou.

A fine line separates

a fighter from a warrior.

One is motivated by reason,

the other by purpose.

Tonight, we witness

this distinction

as our contestants battle to

prove who and what they are.


He's getting killed

out there, boss.

I thought you wanted

him to go all the way.

He has to learn.

What's the matter?

You afraid of what

you can do to them?

Don't be.

Bring up camera six.

Our hero, Tiger Chen,

fighting today.

A knockout artist,

a punisher. The crane.

Will Tiger survive?

Let's find out.

Boss, this guy's a killer.

There are people watching.

He says it's just underground

fighting, but it's not.

There's something else going on.

There are cameras everywhere.

It's like a show.

It's like a show.

Get me a fight.

A fight you will get.

Tonight is about

more than fighting.

- Who am I facing?

- A mercenary.

- What's his specialty?

- Killing.

Get yourself ready.

Tonight we bear witness

to the purity of purpose

and the absence of reason.

Two men, one ring.

Two warriors, one destination.

Tiger Chen...

...or Uri Romanov?


Finish him.

Finish him!

Finish him.

Finish him.

What did you kill him?

Don't kid yourself.

I just finished

what you started.

I didn't come here to kill.

Then why did you come here?

For the money?

I don't want to

do this anymore.

What? You think this

is a delivery job?

You think you can just quit?

What do you mean?

I'll see you in three days.

Yes, sir?

Thank you, sir.

Let's go.

- You on your way?

- Yes.

Pass me to Gong.

Sure thing, boss.

So chill right inside.

I'll be back when they're

ready for you, all right?

Is she dead?


- Enjoy.

- I will.

From the mists

of ancient times,

tai chi.

Not traditionally thought of

as a martial art, until now.

In the heart of China,

an only son,

and the last student

of Ling Kong Tai Chi,

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