Tiger Chen is a young man studying Tai Chi from Master Yong. Tiger is on the verge of becoming a master except for one problem, his Chi is out of balance. His main goal is to show the world that Tai Chi is a strong fighting style and enters a local competition where he excels.
This brings him to the attention of Donaka Mark, played by Keanu Reeves who also makes his directorial debut. Donaka runs underground fights to the death. He’s looking for his next big star and he will do what it takes to take the innocent Tiger and make him that killer.
Hong Kong detective Jing Si is determined to stop Donaka. Her previous informant has disappeared and she tries to get Tiger to help her.
At first Tiger refuses to fight, but he is desperate for money to save his master’s temple from being taken away. Soon his is fighting for Donaka and increasing his skills.
But with each fight for Donaka, Tiger becomes a darker fighter. His calm balance gives way to rage. And during the local tournament he is disqualified, bringing shame to his master and Tai Chi.
The fight scenes are well choreographed. And the story moves along at a decent pace. The final fight between Donaka and Tiger is almost reminiscent of the fighting style Reeves uses in The Matrix.
Man of Tai Chi is also subtitled and mixed with English dialogue. It actually blends rather well.
Man of Tai Chi is available currently on On Demand and will be released soon in theatres.