Keanu Reeves in 2013: Directorial Debut w/ ‘Man of Tai Chi’; ’47 Ronin’

Keanu Reeves Lands In London

Can somebody please buy Keanu a new pair of shoes?! Or maybe those are extremely aged designer shoes that cost $2K? You can never tell these days…

These latest photos were snapped yesterday afternoon as the “The Matrix” star arrived into Heathrow Airport from Los Angeles. Rumor has it that Keanu brings Charlize’s baby Jackson gifts from his various travels & has even changed diapers. Keanu’s a cool guy, but can’t Charlize find a successful black man to serve as a father figure?! Come on now, Char!

Aside from a possible secret romance with the one & only Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves has spent the past couple years immersed in his various film-related passions. After dabbling in his 2012 exploratory documentary about film vs digital in “Side by Side (trailer),” Keanu decided to step behind the camera for his directorial debut in “Man of Tai Chi.”

The film is a Chinese-language co-production between China Film Group, Wanda Group and Village Roadshow. Here’s more about “Man of Tai Chi” from IMDb: “In Beijing, a young martial artist’s skill places him in position to experience opportunities and sacrifices.” We’re pretty sure he shot the whole thing in old-school film, so it’ll be interesting to see the final results, assuming the film will be easily available online.

Keanu’s mega, $200-million project for the year is “47 Ronin (official Japanese site),” which will hit theaters on December 25, 2013 after multiple changes in its release schedule. First the film’s producers were aiming for November 21, 2012, which then changed to February 8, 2013 & now it’s getting pushed to December, 2013. God damn. There must be a lot of production drama going on behind the scenes, so let’s hope the final product will be a box-office success. Believe it or not, but filming first started in Budapest back in March 2011, moving later to Shepperton Studios in London & ended in Japan.

Here’s some plot action:

…fantasy-adventure-action film depicting a fictional account of the forty-seven Ronin, a real-life group of samurai in 18th-century Japan who avenge the murder of their master (known as a “chūshingura” in Japan).

The outcast Kai (Reeves) joins a group of Samurai, led by Kuranosuke Oishi (Sanada), who seek vengeance on Lord Kira (Asano), who killed their master and banished the group. The Samurai embark on a journey whose challenges would defeat most warriors.

Here’s the poster from the film’s Wiki:

Interview w/ Keanu back on February 15 on BBC Live 5 (article):

  • MoeJackson

    where’s the love for Keanu?!?

  • I’ve hogged it all up!  Mine!  
    In all seriousness though, great contribution to the industry – calling attention to the not-so-subtle change from film to digital.