REVIEW: John Wick (2014) (Film and Blu-Ray)

REVIEW: John Wick (2014) (Film and Blu-Ray)
January 20, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
What happens when a former hitman has his life shattered when a Russian mobster steals his car and kills his dog? The answer lies in one of the best “gun-fu” flicks of the millennium. In other words, [...]

Darren Shahlavi (1972-2015)

Darren Shahlavi (1972-2015)
January 20, 2015 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
The martial arts action film community is in a state of shock today over the unexpected passing of British action star Darren Shahlavi. Shahlavi, a veteran of martial arts and action films for over two decades, passed [...]

Details on “Rush Hour” series

Details on "Rush Hour" series
January 19, 2015 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
When word got out that there would be a television series version of the Jackie Chan-Chris Tucker hit “Rush Hour”, it was met with some trepidation. However, the series is still being developed at CBS with SCRUBS [...]

REVIEW: The Scorpion King 4 – Quest for Power (2015)

REVIEW: The Scorpion King 4 - Quest for Power (2015)
January 17, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Mathayus, the titular character of the MUMMY spin-off saga has a new adventure in the newest chapter of the saga with Victor Webster returning to the role. On his latest assignment, Mathayus and his trusted friend Drazen [...]

“Raid 2″ co-star joins Albert Pyun’s “Kickboxer” reboot-sequel

"Raid 2" co-star joins Albert Pyun's "Kickboxer" reboot-sequel
January 16, 2015 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Major casting news has arrived as a co-star of the Indonesian action hit THE RAID 2 is about to drop the “hammer” on Sasha Mitchell in Albert Pyun’s latest installment of the original KICKBOXER franchise. Julie Estelle, [...]

REVIEW: The Pirates (2014)

REVIEW: The Pirates (2014)
January 15, 2015 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
It’s time to set on the high seas as a war wages between mountain bandits and the titular group in Lee Seok-Hoon’s period action-comedy. A former imperial vanguard, Jang Sa-Jung (Kim Nam-Gil) exposes a plot of imperial [...]

REVIEW: Rope A Dope 2 – Return of the Martial Arts Mafia (2015) (Short)

REVIEW: Rope A Dope 2 - Return of the Martial Arts Mafia (2015) (Short)
January 12, 2015 | Posted in Reviews by Albert Valentin | 4 Comments »
The highly anticipated sequel to Eric Jacobus’ martial arts version of the hit film GROUNDHOG DAY has finally arrived and it is definitely one of his best films yet. Where we last off, the Dope (Jacobus) has [...]

“Scorpion King 4: The Quest for Power” features martial arts-filled cast

"Scorpion King 4: The Quest for Power" features martial arts-filled cast
January 12, 2015 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on January 13, Mathayus is back in an all new adventure featuring a martial arts-filled supporting cast alongside some major names. THE SCORPION KING 4: QUEST FOR POWER is the latest installment [...]

REVIEW: Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (U.S. Blu-Ray)

REVIEW: Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (U.S. Blu-Ray)
January 3, 2015 | Posted in Home Video Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
On January 13, Well Go USA will be releasing Wong Ching-Po’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHANGHAI on DVD and Blu-Ray. For the full movie review of the film, click HERE. The Blu-Ray has excellent picture quality, [...]

REVIEW: Rurouni Kenshin – Kyoto Inferno (2014)

REVIEW: Rurouni Kenshin - Kyoto Inferno (2014)
December 31, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
The legend of Kenshin Himura, the red-haired ex-samurai continues with the beginning of a two-part saga that takes one of the manga and anime’s most famous storylines. Having brought peace to the local village, Kenshin Himura (Takeru [...]

Chang Il-Do (1950-2014)

Chang Il-Do (1950-2014)
December 31, 2014 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
It is with sadness to announce that a former Bruce Lee lookalike and Korean martial artist who appeared in many Hong Kong films has passed away. Toby Russell, a well known figure in the Hong Kong industry, [...]

Aaron Kwok is the new “Monkey King”

Aaron Kwok is the new "Monkey King"
December 30, 2014 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
In case you missed it…despite negative criticism from critics, 2014′s THE MONKEY KING, starring Donnie Yen as the titular character of Sun Wukong, was a box office hit in China. So naturally, a sequel will begin production [...]

REVIEW: Lessons for an Assassin (2003)

REVIEW: Lessons for an Assassin (2003)
December 30, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Shannon Lee, daughter of the legendary Bruce Lee has made some pretty decent action films in the mid to late 1990’s. However, compared to those, her last major action film seems more “meh” despite an interesting plot. [...]

REVIEW: Kung Fu Jungle (2014)

REVIEW: Kung Fu Jungle (2014)
December 29, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 4 Comments »
The term “rumble in the jungle” gives new meaning as Donnie Yen takes center stage in this action packed thriller that features a scene-stealing performance by Wang Baoqiang. Yen plays Hahou Mo, a former martial arts teacher [...]

Martial arts films coming in 2015

Martial arts films coming in 2015
December 26, 2014 | Posted in Features by Albert Valentin | 4 Comments »
The year 2015 looks to be moving full speed ahead with martial arts films. Some of the upcoming titles expected next year include sequels, remakes, and some original films. So what can we expect in 2015? (NOTE: [...]

REVIEW: Covert Operation (2014)

REVIEW: Covert Operation (2014)
December 26, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
European and World Karate champion Seydina Baldé makes quite a lead role debut with this action packed film that takes him to the haunting world of North Korea. Baldé is Gabriel, a bounty hunter whose troubles has [...]

REVIEW: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

REVIEW: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
December 26, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
The “heroes in a half-shell”, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird have been given the Michael Bay treatment courtesy of the director of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING (another Bay-produced project). So how does it fare [...]

Prepare for a “Showdown in Manila”

Prepare for a "Showdown in Manila"
December 21, 2014 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
In February, some of your favorite B-movie action stars will be gathering for a new “thrilla in Manila”. Okay, so it’s not a boxing match, but a new film that will begin production. SHOWDOWN IN MANILA is [...]

Wu enters the ‘Badlands’ for AMC

Wu enters the 'Badlands' for AMC
December 19, 2014 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
While supporting cast members have been confirmed for the upcoming AMC series BADLANDS, the lead role has officially been cast. Variety has reported that one of the series’ executive producers, Hong Kong actor and producer Daniel Wu, [...]

KFC favorite lands crew role in ‘Kickboxer’ remake

KFC favorite lands crew role in 'Kickboxer' remake
December 13, 2014 | Posted in Movies by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
The hard work has paid off for Kung Fu Cinema favorite Emmanuel Manzanares, whose short films have always impressed fans of the genre. Manzanares has landed the role of assistant stunt coordinator on the remake of Jean-Claude [...]