REVIEW: Lahore (2010)

REVIEW: Lahore (2010)
September 16, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
“An eye for an eye makes the world go blind”. This quote from the late Mahatma Gandhi defines this Bollywood action-drama that emphasizes on the political tension between two rival countries and their attempt to improve relations. [...]

REVIEW: Dragonball – The Magic Begins (1991)

REVIEW: Dragonball - The Magic Begins (1991)
September 16, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 3 Comments »
Years before Hollywood unleashed the dreadful DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION (2008), Taiwan made their own adaptation of the beloved Japanese manga and anime created by Akira Toriyama. While the character names are not the same (possibly due to copyright [...]

TRAILERS: “CZ12″

TRAILERS: "CZ12"
September 12, 2012 | Posted in Movies by Albert Valentin | 4 Comments »
On December 12, 2012, China will release CZ12, or as many fans know the film as, CHINESE ZODIAC. The film is directed by and starring Jackie Chan, in what he says will be his last action masterpiece…for [...]

Interview with Chris Sivertson, director of BRAWLER

Interview with Chris Sivertson, director of BRAWLER
September 11, 2012 | Posted in Features by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Chris Sivertson (right) is a filmmaker who delves into the martial arts action genre with the dramatic BRAWLER, a story of two brothers who fight for a mob-controlled fight ring on the riverboats of New Orleans. A [...]

Interview with Zheng Liu, star of BLOOD MONEY

Interview with Zheng Liu, star of BLOOD MONEY
September 6, 2012 | Posted in Features by Albert Valentin | 5 Comments »
Hailing from China, former Shaolin monk Zheng Liu recently made his film debut opposite Hong Kong legend Gordon Liu and former American Gladiator Alex Castro in BLOOD MONEY. Some are hailing Zheng as the “Next Bruce Lee” [...]

REVIEW: Brawler (2011)

REVIEW: Brawler (2011)
September 5, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
A cross of WARRIOR and FIGHT CLUB, this independent film features some intense drama mixed in with some pretty decent mixed martial arts action. The Fontaine Brothers, Charlie (Nathan Grubbs) and Bobby (Marc Senter), spend their nights [...]

Joe Lewis (1944-2012)

Joe Lewis (1944-2012)
September 4, 2012 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 6 Comments »
The martial arts world lost an American legend as Joe Lewis lost a year-long battle with brain cancer on August 31, 2012 at the age of 68. Joe Lewis was born on March 7, 1944 in Knightdale, [...]

REVIEW: The Sword Identity (2011)

REVIEW: The Sword Identity (2011)
August 31, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Jean Lukitsh | 3 Comments »
Authenticity is a big deal in the martial arts world. The matter should be easy to resolve – who wins? – but in practice, even the experts don’t always agree about “winning.” A lot of variables can [...]

REVIEW: Blood Money (2012)

REVIEW: Blood Money (2012)
August 24, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 5 Comments »
Former Shaolin monk Zheng Liu makes his feature film debut in this action packed film that features rap artist Pitbull in a cameo appearance and the legendary Gordon Liu. Zheng plays Zhou, a former Shaolin warrior who [...]

Free Kung Fu Movies in Boston!

Free Kung Fu Movies in Boston!
August 21, 2012 | Posted in News by Jean Lukitsh | 1 Comment »
It’s that time of year again. The seventh annual Films at the Gate, a free outdoor kung fu film festival that takes place in Boston’s Chinatown, will be held from Aug. 23 to 26 in the Greenway [...]

REVIEW: The Himalayan (1976)

REVIEW: The Himalayan (1976)
August 19, 2012 | Posted in Home Video Reviews by Albert Valentin | 3 Comments »
Angela Mao and Delon Tan showcase their impressive kicking skills in this underrated classic that also highlights the power of one Chan Sing. In a small village of Tibet, the Tseng family is one of the most [...]

REVIEW: Wu Xia (2011)

REVIEW: Wu Xia (2011)
August 19, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 6 Comments »
Donnie Yen continues his reign as the new Hong Kong action legend in this exciting drama from director Peter Ho-Sun Chan (THE WARLORDS) which pays a double homage to a classic martial arts film. 1917 China. In [...]

‘Blood Money’ Exclusive Clip

'Blood Money' Exclusive Clip
August 5, 2012 | Posted in Features by Albert Valentin | 5 Comments »
XLrator Media will present BLOOD MONEY, a new martial arts action adventure starring kung fu legend Gordon Liu, world renowned rapper Pitbull, and introducing former Shaolin monk turned martial arts actor Zheng Liu in the lead role. [...]

REVIEW: Ragin’ Cajun (1988)

REVIEW: Ragin' Cajun (1988)
July 30, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Actor/Musician David Heavener stars in this low-budgeted action-drama that showcases more 80’s film and television talent and yet, still has the tendency to fall flat. Heavener plays Cage Damante, an ex-Vietnam veteran who became a kickboxer for [...]

Gangster Fu

Gangster Fu
July 25, 2012 | Posted in News by Jean Lukitsh | 5 Comments »
It’s getting hard to keep up with all the new Asian action releases these days. Here are three upcoming films that are on my radar, for various reasons. The one common thread is that they all involve [...]

REVIEW: Champion Road – Arena (2012)

REVIEW: Champion Road - Arena (2012)
July 23, 2012 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
Martial artist and filmmaker R.L. Scott directs this pumped up hybrid of urban action film and martial arts tournament genre featuring a cast of amazing fighters. A continuation of his original film, the film begins with Heaven’s [...]

Interview with Jason Yee, star of “The Girl from the Naked Eye”

Interview with Jason Yee, star of "The Girl from the Naked Eye"
July 19, 2012 | Posted in Features by Albert Valentin | 5 Comments »
Jason Yee is a former kickboxing and san shou champion who has delved into the world of filmmaking. He made his film debut with the self-produced DARK ASSASSIN, which was picked up for distribution in 2005. His [...]

REVIEW: Mastering Virtue: The Cinematic Legend of a Martial Artist

REVIEW: Mastering Virtue: The Cinematic Legend of a Martial Artist
July 18, 2012 | Posted in News by Jean Lukitsh | 3 Comments »
Mastering Virtue: The Cinematic Legend of a Martial Artist Monograph published by the Hong Kong Film Archive, book in Chinese text with English translation on CD-ROM. It’s an exciting time for kung fu history geeks. In the [...]

TRAILER: Rurouni Kenshin

TRAILER: Rurouni Kenshin
July 18, 2012 | Posted in Movies by Albert Valentin | 5 Comments »
On August 25, 2012, Japanese fans will have the chance to see one of their beloved anime characters come to live. The live-action adaptation of RUROUNI KENSHIN, based on the manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki, will be released [...]

Iko Uwais joins “Man of Tai Chi”

Iko Uwais joins "Man of Tai Chi"
July 15, 2012 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 9 Comments »
MERENTAU and THE RAID: REDEMPTION star Iko Uwais has joined the cast of Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut MAN OF TAI CHI. The film, currently in production, stars Tiger Chen (HOUSE OF FURY) as a martial artist on [...]