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 [...]

Super Sentai Series 2013 – Jyuden Sentai Kyoryuger (UPDATE)

Super Sentai Series 2013 - Jyuden Sentai Kyoryuger (UPDATE)
December 13, 2012 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 5 Comments »
Toei Company, the powers behind the Super Sentai Series (adapted in the United States by Saban Brands as POWER RANGERS) have announced their 37th Super Sentai Series. Titled JYUDEN SENTAI KYORYUGER (Beast Team Dinosaur-Ranger), this is the [...]

REVIEW: Gallants (2010)

REVIEW: Gallants (2010)
December 4, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
The 2011 Winner for Best Film at the Hong Kong Film Awards is a delightful homage to old school kung fu movies. Cheung (Wong You-Nam) dreamed of being a kung fu expert. However, he has become a [...]

REVIEW: My Romeo (2004)

REVIEW: My Romeo (2004)
December 3, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
What is an apparent tribute to the 30th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s death is actually a cute romantic action-comedy that plays on one man’s dreams of both romance and fighting. Shek Siu-Lung (Ronnie Cheung) is a young [...]

REVIEW: The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

REVIEW: The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
November 25, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 11 Comments »
Martial arts film fan and musician The RZA (aka Robert Diggs) unleashes his long-awaited big film debut, an homage to classic kung fu and wuxia pian films. Was it worth the wait? Sadly no, thanks to pressure [...]

LBP Stunts Chicago Unleash a ‘Dogfight’

LBP Stunts Chicago Unleash a 'Dogfight'
November 20, 2012 | Posted in Movies by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
The LBP Stunts Chicago team is at it again. While they are still at work on their upcoming film UNLUCKY STARS, Emmanuel Manzanares worked behind the scenes on this near six-minute fight entitled DOGFIGHT. DOGFIGHT pits two [...]

REVIEW: 6 Bullets (2012)

REVIEW: 6 Bullets (2012)
November 8, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Jean-Claude Van Damme reunites with ASSASSINATION GAMES director Ernie Barbarash with this action thriller that definitely proves to be a plus when it comes to a comeback quest for the Muscles from Brussels. Ex-mercenary Samson Gaul (Van [...]

Florentine and Adkins reunite for ‘Ninja 2′

Florentine and Adkins reunite for 'Ninja 2'
November 7, 2012 | Posted in Movies by Albert Valentin | 5 Comments »
Major news has rocked the martial arts film world. Director Isaac Florentine and Scott Adkins will be reuniting for a sequel to one of their previous collaborations. Sadly, it is not UNDISPUTED IV as of yet. Instead, [...]

Y.K. Kim’s ‘Miami Connection’ Back in Theaters

Y.K. Kim's 'Miami Connection' Back in Theaters
November 7, 2012 | Posted in Movies by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
80’s B-movie martial arts fans are in for a real treat as independent distributors Drafthouse Films have brought the cult classic MIAMI CONNECTION back to life with a limited re-release in theaters. Originally released in 1987, MIAMI [...]