REVIEW: Rurouni Kenshin (2012)

REVIEW: Rurouni Kenshin (2012)
March 12, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
The Japanese samurai manga and anime comes to live in this amazingly-shot action-drama about a man’s search for redemption in a new era. In 1868, the Edo period of Japan is coming to a close. During the [...]

REVIEW: Forced to Fight (2011)

REVIEW: Forced to Fight (2011)
March 9, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
British martial arts ace Gary Daniels returns to a major leading role in this underground fight film that brings more to the plate than your typical fight film. Shane Slavin (Daniels) is an auto mechanic who used [...]

“Woochi: The Demon Slayer” to hit DVD and Blu-Ray in April.

"Woochi: The Demon Slayer" to hit DVD and Blu-Ray in April.
March 9, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
On April 9, Shout! Factory will be unleashing the Korean supernatural martial arts thriller WOO CHI: THE DEMON SLAYER, originally called JEON WOO-CHI: THE TAOIST WIZARD, on DVD and Blu-Ray. “This fantasy-action blockbuster based on a Korean [...]

REVIEW: Here Comes the Boom (2012)

REVIEW: Here Comes the Boom (2012)
March 7, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 3 Comments »
“The King of Queens”, Kevin James, co-wrote and stars in this comedy that revolves around inspiration and a boatload of mixed martial arts action. Scott Voss (James) was once the Teacher of the Year in 2002. However, [...]

REVIEW: Kill ‘Em All (2012)

REVIEW: Kill 'Em All (2012)
March 4, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 4 Comments »
From the director of BANGKOK ADRENALINE comes this action thriller where the stakes are high in an all-out war between assassins. Snakehead (Gordon Liu) is a criminal mastermind who has had Bangkok’s top assassins kidnapped and drugged. [...]

REVIEW: Miami Connection (1987)

REVIEW: Miami Connection (1987)
March 3, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 5 Comments »
The martial arts guilty pleasure film of 2012 is a rare gem brought back from the dead. This is the only film for Orlando-based martial artist and motivational speaker Y.K. Kim, and it is a fun film [...]

Johnny and Charlie Nguyen go to ‘Chinatown’

Johnny and Charlie Nguyen go to 'Chinatown'
February 25, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
This April, Vietnamese action star and Hollywood stuntman Johnny Nguyen is back! With the success of THE REBEL (2007) and CLASH (2009), Nguyen’s new film is a gangster film entitled CHINATOWN (BUI DOI CHO LON). The film [...]

REVIEW: The Kick (2011)

REVIEW: The Kick (2011)
February 25, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Part-family comedy, part-exhilarating action can best describe this film that proves one thing: the family that fights together, stays together. The Moons are a Korean family who live in Bangkok. The father (Cho Jae-Hyun) lost his chance [...]

REVIEW: CZ12 – Chinese Zodiac (2012)

REVIEW: CZ12 - Chinese Zodiac (2012)
February 23, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
The legendary Jackie Chan says “au revoir” to his trademark action style of cinema with this somewhat fun yet somewhat disappointing action caper. In other words, it is a very mixed bag that many may either love [...]

REVIEW: Universal Soldier – Day of Reckoning (2012)

REVIEW: Universal Soldier - Day of Reckoning (2012)
February 23, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Twenty year. after the sci-fi actioner that starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren was released, this official fourth installment may seem someone unnecessary. However, add Scott Adkins to the mix and have Van Damme in a [...]

Dustin Nguyen returns in ‘Once Upon a Time in Vietnam’

Dustin Nguyen returns in 'Once Upon a Time in Vietnam'
February 19, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
This coming August, former 21 JUMP STREET star Dustin Nguyen is back with his third Vietnamese action film, ONCE UPON A TIME IN VIETNAM (LUA PHAT). Nguyen returned to Vietnam to help jumpstart a new era in [...]

REVIEW: Mugamoodi (2012)

REVIEW: Mugamoodi (2012)
January 25, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
This Indian Tamil take on the costumed hero features some nifty fight choreography from Hong Kong legend Tony Leung Siu-Hung. Anand (Jiiva) is a young martial artist whose family and friends christen him “Bruce Lee”. However, Lee [...]

REVIEW: The Legendary Amazons (2011)

REVIEW: The Legendary Amazons (2011)
January 14, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
“Girl power” is what this historical action film is all about. Produced by Jackie Chan, the film is actually decent thanks to its core female cast and battle sequences. Set in the waning days of the Song [...]

REVIEW: Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011)

REVIEW: Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011)
January 2, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 6 Comments »
Jet Li makes a welcome return to the wuxia pian genre with this exciting reboot of the King Hu classic DRAGON GATE INN, directed by the man who produced the 1992 remake of that very film, Tsui [...]

REVIEW: Battle B-Boy (2012)

REVIEW: Battle B-Boy (2012)
January 2, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Get ready to learn the sport of “da-fi” in this exciting action packed film that is best described as a martial arts version of YOU GOT SERVED (2005). A group of hip hop dancers work in children’s [...]

REVIEW: Kung Fu Dunk (2008)

REVIEW: Kung Fu Dunk (2008)
January 2, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
In a nod to the more popular SHAOLIN SOCCER (2001), Taiwanese director Kevin Chu and actor/singer Jay Chou bring to the mix a blend of kung fu and basketball. Abandoned as a baby, Fang Shijie (Chou) is [...]

REVIEW: Blood Games (2011)

REVIEW: Blood Games (2011)
January 2, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
This independent action film from director/co-writer Brent Barbie starts off promising, falls flat, and then very narrowly redeems itself in its climax. Ryan McGowan (Vince Segovia) is a rookie police officer who also delves in mixed martial [...]

REVIEW: Somtum (2008)

REVIEW: Somtum (2008)
January 2, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
The seven-foot Australian powerhouse Nathan Jones made such a huge impact in TOM YUM GOONG (2005) that the action team behind that film made this tilm just for him. Barney Emerald (Jones) is a giant man who [...]

REVIEW: Bare Knuckles (1977)

REVIEW: Bare Knuckles (1977)
January 2, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Don Edmonds directs, produces, and writes the screenplay for this “so bad it’s good” cult classic. The story follows Zachary Kane (Robert Viharo), a bare knuckles fighter who moonlights as a bounty hunter. While he gets the [...]

REVIEW: Kick Fighter (1989)

REVIEW: Kick Fighter (1989)
January 2, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 3 Comments »
Australian martial arts action star Richard Norton stars in this ultra-low budgeted thriller that redeems itself in the climactic battle. Ryan Travers (Norton) has just been released from a prison in Bangkok, Thailand, after serving a five-year [...]