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 | 5 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 [...]

Gina Carano joins ‘Kickboxer’ remake

Gina Carano joins 'Kickboxer' remake
December 9, 2014 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Former mixed martial arts fighter turned actress Gina Carano (FAST AND FURIOUS 6) has signed on to join the cast of KICKBOXER, the John Stockwell-directed remake of the Jean-Claude Van Damme film. Carano will be playing a [...]

Brother and love interest cast in ‘Kickboxer’ remake

Brother and love interest cast in 'Kickboxer' remake
December 6, 2014 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
The remake of KICKBOXER is revving up full speed with two important roles cast this week. KFC favorite Darren Shahlavi, who will be next seen taking on Jean-Claude Van Damme in POUND OF FLESH, will reunite with [...]

Van Damme returns to ‘Kickboxer’ in new role

Van Damme returns to 'Kickboxer' in new role
December 1, 2014 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
In what could stand out as one of the biggest news involving the remake of KICKBOXER, the original star looks to be returning in a brand new role. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Jean-Claude Van Damme [...]

‘Kickboxer’ begins production; new cast members announced

'Kickboxer' begins production; new cast members announced
December 1, 2014 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Production on the remake of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s 1989 film KICKBOXER has begun production last week in New Orleans. Martial artist and stuntman Alain Moussi (X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST) makes his lead role debut as Kurt [...]

REVIEW: Fist of the Dragon (2013)

REVIEW: Fist of the Dragon (2013)
November 30, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
From the director of the Sammo Hung-led WUSHU comes this action packed thriller produced by the one and only Roger Corman. Damon “The Dragon” Chamberlin (Joshua J. Thomson) is a former mixed martial arts champion who after [...]

Shocking “Kickboxer” remake update

Shocking "Kickboxer" remake update
November 23, 2014 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
The remake of the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme film has recently hit some major bumps in the road with a shocking update this past weekend. Film Combat Syndicate has reported that both supporting Tony Jaa and director [...]

REVIEW: Bangkok Assassins (2011)

REVIEW: Bangkok Assassins (2011)
November 20, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
What started out as perhaps homage to a classic Shaw Brothers film turns out to be a ridiculous mess in the end, making this a very disappointing film. Fifteen years ago, a band of kids were kidnapped [...]

Sasha Mitchell returns as David Sloan

Sasha Mitchell returns as David Sloan
November 19, 2014 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
While shooting will begin soon on Stephen Fung’s remake of the Jean-Claude Van Damme film KICKBOXER, it was recently announced that Sasha Mitchell, who starred in KICKBOXER 2, 3, and 4, will be returning to the role [...]

REVIEW: Brawl (2012)

REVIEW: Brawl (2012)
November 19, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
This international action film combines the genres of underground fighting and redemption and it is safe to say this is a decent effort from female filmmaker Julaluck Ismalone. Mike Thomas (Jawed El-Berni) is a former boxer who [...]

‘The Raid’ stars to fight aliens

'The Raid' stars to fight aliens
November 10, 2014 | Posted in Movies by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Two stars of the action packed franchise THE RAID will go from facing each other and gangsters to facing off against aliens in an upcoming sci-fi film. Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian will join forces in the [...]

‘The Martial Arts Kid’ New Trailer and Poster

'The Martial Arts Kid' New Trailer and Poster
November 10, 2014 | Posted in Movies by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
At the Urban Action Showcase in New York City this past weekend, a new trailer and poster was unveiled to promote the upcoming family-friendly film THE MARTIAL ARTS KID. Jansen Panettiere plays the titular role of Robbie, [...]