REVIEW: City Dragon (1995)

REVIEW: City Dragon (1995)
May 22, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Before BLACK DYNAMITE and after KUNG FU JOE, there was Ray, the titular CITY DRAGON, in this shot-on-video action-comedy that all of a sudden takes a turn into something one would see on Lifetime. Ray (Stan Derain, [...]

White, Yanin confirmed for “Never Back Down 3″

White, Yanin confirmed for "Never Back Down 3"
May 12, 2015 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
In 2011, Michael Jai White made his directorial debut in the mixed martial arts sequel NEVER BACK DOWN 2: THE BEATDOWN as ex-MMA champ turned mentor Elijah “Case” Walker, who took on four fighters as students. Four [...]

REVIEW: Pound of Flesh (2015)

REVIEW: Pound of Flesh (2015)
May 9, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
Jean-Claude Van Damme and Ernie Barbarash prove that the third time’s the charm as their third film is perhaps the best of their collaborations. Van Damme plays Deacon Lyle, a former Black Ops soldier who has come [...]

Sammo Hung series ‘Martial Law’ will (finally) hit DVD

Sammo Hung series 'Martial Law' will (finally) hit DVD
May 7, 2015 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 3 Comments »
Since its cancellation after the 2000 TV season, fans of Sammo Hung have been wondering when his American TV series MARTIAL LAW will be released on DVD. After fifteen years, the wait is finally over. Visual Entertainment [...]

Fury’s “Life of Action” released in bookstores

Fury's "Life of Action" released in bookstores
May 6, 2015 | Posted in Features by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
A new book involving the martial arts and action film industry has been released and already getting praise from industry professionals and readers alike. LIFE OF ACTION, written by Mike Fury, is a series of interviews with [...]

REVIEW: Fatal Move (2008)

REVIEW: Fatal Move (2008)
May 5, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
In what was a rumored prequel of sorts to SPL turns out to actually be its own film that could have been good, had it not been for an overdose of unnecessary CGI blood effects. Lo Tin-Lung [...]

‘Underdog Kids’ trailer and official release date

'Underdog Kids' trailer and official release date
May 5, 2015 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
The official trailer to Phillip Rhee’s return to films has been unveiled with an official release date on DVD, video on demand, and digital download. UNDERDOG KIDS tells the story of a group of kids who aren’t [...]

REVIEW: Warrior of Justice (1995)

REVIEW: Warrior of Justice (1995)
May 3, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Macedonian martial arts champion Jorgo Ognenovski makes his film debut in this nineties independent action film that has all the cliches of the genre during this period. Ognenovski plays George Pendovsky, a martial arts teacher who learns [...]

REVIEW: American Chinatown (1995)

REVIEW: American Chinatown (1995)
May 2, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Grandmaster Taejoon Lee makes his lead role debut in this film from MIAMI CONNECTION helmer Richard Park. Yong (Lee) is an enforcer for local gang lord Eric (Robert Z’Dar). When Eric’s gang begins to have issues with [...]

Exclusive clip from “Pound of Flesh”

Exclusive clip from "Pound of Flesh"
April 30, 2015 | Posted in Videos by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Here’s an exclusive clip of the upcoming Jean-Claude Van Damme film POUND OF FLESH, in preparation for its release on May 15 in limited theatrical release and Video on Demand. The film stars Van Damme as a [...]

REVIEW: Skin Trade (2015)

REVIEW: Skin Trade (2015)
April 25, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 3 Comments »
Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa star in this grounded action-drama revolving around the world of human trafficking. Nick Cassidy (Lundgren) is a New York Police detective who is looking to take down the criminal organization of Serbian [...]

REVIEW: Ring of Death (1980)

REVIEW: Ring of Death (1980)
April 25, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Cliff Lok stars in this pretty exciting martial arts film from the makers of DRUNKEN MASTER. Ah Niu (Lok) is a young man who lives with his aunt (Wang Lai). After vowing not to fight, he accidentally [...]

REVIEW: The Mighty Four (1977)

REVIEW: The Mighty Four (1977)
April 25, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
Casanova Wong seeks revenge for the death of his parents in this pretty standard Korean action film that makes for some interesting action pieces. As a child, Yin Chun-Yang (Wong) watched his father killed and mother (Jeon [...]

REVIEW: The Man with the Iron Fists 2 (2015)

REVIEW: The Man with the Iron Fists 2 (2015)
April 19, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
The RZA returns in the titular role in this straightforward sequel to the over-the-top 2012 original kung fu homage. Thaddeus (RZA), the titular “Man with the Iron Fists” on his way to a quest for inner peace. [...]

REVIEW: Death Force (1978)

REVIEW: Death Force (1978)
April 19, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
The tagline for this action film involves former couple Leon Isaac Kennedy and Jayne Kennedy in key roles. However, the promotion is a bit misleading. Doug Russell (James Iglehart) is a former Vietnam veteran who goes to [...]

Van Damme’s “Pound of Flesh” hits theaters and VOD in May

Van Damme's "Pound of Flesh" hits theaters and VOD in May
April 17, 2015 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Jean-Claude Van Damme’s latest action thriller, POUND OF FLESH, will hit theaters and VOD on May 15. Directed by Ernie Barbarash, who directed two other Van Damme films (SIX BULLETS and ASSASSINATION GAMES), the film stars Van [...]

REVIEW: Catch the Heat (1987)

REVIEW: Catch the Heat (1987)
April 12, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
This 80’s action was made as perhaps to become a launching pad for Vietnamese-born Tiana Alexandra, who was actually a student of Bruce Lee. However, had it not been for Alexandra, this film would have been just [...]

REVIEW: Ninja Champion (1986)

REVIEW: Ninja Champion (1986)
April 4, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
This “cut-and-paste” film from the gang at IFD take footage with the late Bruce Baron and combines it with a Korean revenge film. In Taipei, a mysterious woman named Cherry (Seo Eun-Hye) has arrived to broker a [...]

REVIEW: Ninja the Protector (1985)

REVIEW: Ninja the Protector (1985)
April 4, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
This cut-and-paste film from the gang at IFD seems like a very jumbled mess that takes footage of Richard Harrison and combines it with some Taiwanese flick about brothers who are in a deadly love triangle. Jason [...]

REVIEW: Born Wild (2001)

REVIEW: Born Wild (2001)
March 27, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Louis Koo and Daniel Wu star in this underground boxing film that combines flashbacks with an investigation into a fighter’s death with his brother trying to find out who is responsible. Tide Ho (Wu), a young man [...]