THE RAID Star Iko Uwais Joins Keanu Reeves' MAN OF TAI CHI

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THE RAID Star Iko Uwais Joins Keanu Reeves' MAN OF TAI CHI
Where will you see The Raid star Iko Uwais next? While he goes in to production on The Raid sequel Berandal early in 2013 he's got a little something else on the slate first.

Variety have broken word that Uwais has joined the cast of Keanu Reeves' directorial debut Man Of Tai Chi, currently shooting in Hong Kong. Uwais is on board for what should be a featured role in the film, one that will see him fight star Tiger Chen. Earlier today Uwais tweeted that he was on an unnamed shoot which is almost certainly Man Of Tai Chi.

For a taste of what Reeves has in store visually, check out the camera test video below.
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laglessproxyqJuly 12, 2012 9:34 PM

Isn't this disappointing? Such a violent and immature action star in a Keanu reeves movie? Only going to sell less tickets when I see this guy. I don't see how the chinese production would even be receptive towards this.

kungfueurotrashJuly 12, 2012 10:42 PM

I don't get the Keanu Reeves hate??? Can someone clue me in please??

hhdang1989July 13, 2012 1:28 AM

This news had my expectations go up higher. At least Iko Uwais ain't fighting Keanu Reeves.

laglessproxyqJuly 13, 2012 6:01 AM

no hate on keanu reeves, but on iko uwais. i hate it when a new star comes from those poor south east asian countries and try to be a breakout star and captures the attention of a typical simple minded american audience.

My point is how action is portrayed in tony jaa/iko uwais films.(not to diss tony jaa but his recent films aren't hitting the right note). There's a lot of immaturity displayed, and how they try to justify the brutality. Stuff like: seeing the protagonist beating the crap out of a thug and attempting to make the audience 'oh yeah that was awesome, time for his vengeance etc'.

Today we live in a day of age in which there's a lot of violence and we can see how it affects people's personalities. Just as how some violent shooting video games have the same effect on teenage boys or even the type of people who watch wrestling. It's how you portray action to the screen and the justification/relevance to the plot.

See how I am not criticizing the korean/japanese violent bloody movies? The difference is the intention. Some movies are like a work of art with interesting stories to tell while others are just like violent porn. Either way its important to get the casting done right to make more money right? Sure there Iko uwais will help sell some tickets and add to the hype but really damaging to Keanu's career, for the long term. To associate your project with someone who is disapproved by the majority of the community is bad publicity. Well I am just one fan. Just like how it was right for Donnie yen to turn down expendables 2 because they were going to diminish him. Good thing Jackie chan had the 'scheduling conflict excuse' with expendables 2 as well.

/end rant.

Todd BrownJuly 13, 2012 9:22 AM

Disapproved by the majority of the community? Right ... The Raid's 83% positive critic rating and 91% viewer rating on Rotten Tomatoes backs that up. As does the 73 on Metacritic. And the 7.9 / 10 on the IMDB. Clearly people don't like it. Aiming for 'simple minded Americans'? It's the number five Indonesian movie of all time with the Indonesian audience and has won awards at major festivals all around the world.

You're certainly entitled not to like it yourself but to equate your opinion with the opinion of the majority of people around the world when there is clear evidence otherwise is just silly. And, dare I say, immature.

CuttermaranJuly 13, 2012 10:27 AM

Congratulations to Iko Uwais. A handsome and a very talented Martial-Artist on the rise. Still he has to prove his acting abillities, which he sadly couldn't in The Raid. I really hope Man of Tai Chi will be a step forward for him.
@ Todd
I really would like to know who those 83% are who liked The Raid.
I am writing this, because I feel sort of lost. The Raid was indeed terrible, except for 2 or 3 Fightscenes there was nothing worth to sit this trough.
I feel like the world around me is sinking, but maybe that's me who's sinking?. It's like every one is saying the new Smurfs film is the actual oscar candidate, but you think like, it just can't be. I suppose those 83% are between 12 and 14 years old. The Raid- quality filmmaking this ain't. Garret Evans made a beautiful movie - Merantau. But why did get this no-story-pure-violence-jerker so much attention? Are people getting that blood thirsty?

JackJuly 13, 2012 10:29 AM

"I hate it when a new star comes from those poor south east asian countries"

So now we dividing actors based by country's wealth? well at least you say "I" in your statement, so just we know that your statement is awfully subjective.

And based by your statement, can I assume you link "poor countries" with "violent movie?". I don't know other poor countries .. but for Indonesia I can assure you, that "The Raid" is the first movie with this level of violence, in its movie history.

Now please humbly compare with Hollywood's movies such as: 1st total recall, rambo .. ahh the list goes too long .. you do count yourself.

Another thing, correct me, but maybe in your simple mind, you think that "poor countries" or in this case Indonesia is a violent country. If that so please check world statistic websites and compare homicidal rate between Indonesia and your country (US I assume, yes?)

Let's just be wise and put things in just perspectives, let's just 'majority' decide for themself. Rather than hitchhiking their names for your own justification.

ahh! almost forgot .. /end rant

QinlongJuly 13, 2012 10:48 AM

I agree to an extent. I found The Raid to be an enjoyable brutal-martial-arts fest, I can't see why it's being hailed as the messiah of action cinema. Comparisons with John McTiernan or John Woo's Hard Boiled are absolutely puzzling to me. And Iko Uwais can do impressive things, but he's a complete charisma-free zone.

michael.hello5July 14, 2012 6:59 AM

Anyways I hope that is the last we see of him.

Electro666July 15, 2012 10:46 AM

Well, like him or not, Iko Uwais is a big name right now, with The Raid being so popular, even with its flaws.. So for Keanu to snag him for his Tai-Chi movie is a big boost for him.. So lets wait and see what will happen.

ysigitJuly 15, 2012 11:59 PM

I'm from that poor south east asian country, and I assure you that The Raid is the first well made action movie in our country, which was a very good thing, since we've been plagued by crappy horror movies and and other bad movies for many years. It has put Indonesia (and pencak silat) in a good light to be recognized by International audience and inspire lots of people here.
About the movie itself, I think everybody's entitled to their own opinion so I'm not gonna discuss it.
As for hate on Iko Uwais, anybody who just entered movie industry would be crazy to turn down Keanu's offer, so instead of blaming Iko Uwais you should blame Keanu for damaging his own career (like you predicted). /end rant

iyanr.socialJuly 17, 2012 4:56 AM

You can see the 83% from Rottentomatoes. Have you heard before?
They are not 12 - 14 years old, maybe you are to old for this kind of flick :-D

And this is 21 out 26 who like The Raid from Top Critics Review

See and read by yourself....

ragedaddy72July 17, 2012 1:36 PM

I don't understand all the dislike for Iko and The Raid?This film no matter what anyone says, was grounbreaking for the martial arts fighting and gunfire shown in this film, unlike anything we've seen before! IMO it stands on it's own and from here on out, other martial art/action films will be compared to...examples, just twice in the past week or so, people are comparing the new Judge Dredd movie to The Raid, and the creator of TMNT, Kevin Eastman mentioned that the new turtles movie will have fights like The Raid! So you guys need to stop trying to knock this film for a sucess. You guys should stick to all those other wire-work, heavy dramatic period films like Crouching Tiger..