‘Royal Tramp’ TV series comes to DVD

'Royal Tramp' TV series comes to DVD
September 17, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Tai Seng has announced their Asian entertainment offerings on home video for October which include Blu-ray releases of Dante Lam’s actioner THE BEAST STALKER, romantic comedy LOOK FOR A STAR, starring Andy Lau and Shu Qi, and [...]

‘The Tournament’ to open Screamfest ’09

'The Tournament' to open Screamfest '09
September 17, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
Director Scott Mann’s violent assassin-versus-assassin actioner THE TOURNAMENT will continue its festival run by opening horror film festival Screamfest LA 2009 in October. This bloody and fast-paced British action thriller stars Robert Carlyle as a priest inadvertently [...]

‘Basterds’ star Christoph Waltz is ‘Green Hornet’ villain

'Basterds' star Christoph Waltz is 'Green Hornet' villain
September 15, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 7 Comments »
Currently enjoying favorable reviews for his turn as a Nazi colonel in Quentin Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, Austrian actor Christoph Waltz has signed up to play the lead villain in THE GREEN HORNET. Waltz is replacing Nicolas Cage [...]

First pics of Jackie Chan in ‘Kung Fu Kid’

First pics of Jackie Chan in 'Kung Fu Kid'
September 15, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 17 Comments »
Images from the set of producer Will Smith’s remake of THE KARATE KID have appeared online depicting 11-year-old Jaden Smith (Will’s son) and action superstar Jackie Chan training on a dock. Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith on [...]

REVIEW: Girl Fighter, A (1972)

REVIEW: Girl Fighter, A (1972)
September 15, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 4 Comments »
A young heroine with superb fighting skill volunteers to capture a dangerous murderer and bring him to justice during China’s Ming Dynasty. With the aid of several lawmen and a hero with a grudge, she nabs the [...]

REVIEW: A Girl Fighter (DVD – Hoker Records)

REVIEW: A Girl Fighter (DVD - Hoker Records)
September 15, 2009 | Posted in Home Video Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Hoker Records’ DVD release of the Polly Shang-kwan wuxia actioner A GIRL FIGHTER (1972) is a licensed release from Taiwan that comes with poorly written, and no doubt poorly translated English subtitles. Video quality is merely average. [...]

7-minute ‘Ninja’ preview, more pics

7-minute 'Ninja' preview, more pics
September 11, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 9 Comments »
We recently posted several preview clips of Isaac Florentine’s upcoming martial arts actioner NINJA starring Scott Adkins and here now is a longer, more complete video preview with even more footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and [...]

‘Don Quixote’ to become 3-D wuxia film

'Don Quixote' to become 3-D wuxia film
September 11, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 7 Comments »
I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around this one. I cannot decide what is more unusual, that Chinese filmmakers are going to adapt “Don Quixote,” Miguel de Cervantes’ Spanish novel centered on a brain-addled, would-be [...]

REVIEW: Street Warrior (2008)

REVIEW: Street Warrior (2008)
September 11, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
STREET WARRIOR is the latest in a seemingly endless flood of B-grade action films to come out of this decade that are centered on underground fight clubs and MMA screen fighting action but there is more to [...]

Hollywood’s stuntwomen to be honored

Hollywood's stuntwomen to be honored
September 10, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
On October 4, Hollywood’s female stunt performers will come together at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles to honor the best in their field at the 2nd annual Stuntwomen’s Awards Luncheon. Five awards will be handed [...]

Author Stephen Teo explores ‘The Wuxia Tradition’

Author Stephen Teo explores 'The Wuxia Tradition'
September 10, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 4 Comments »
Edinburgh University Press has recently published “Chinese Martial Arts Cinema: The Wuxia Tradition,” a new book by Asian film scholar Stephen Teo that explores the history and development of China’s wuxia pian, or traditional martial arts film [...]

First look at Robert E. Howard actioner ‘Solomon Kane’

First look at Robert E. Howard actioner 'Solomon Kane'
September 10, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 6 Comments »
There is a new sword-slinging period action movie on the horizon that writer-director Michael J. Bassett has adapted from a lesser-known invention of Conan the Barbarian writer Robert E. Howard. Originally announced back in 2006, the completed [...]

TV spot for ‘Ninja Assassin’

TV spot for 'Ninja Assassin'
September 10, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 8 Comments »
A new TV spot for James McTeigue’s NINJA ASSASSIN has begun airing in advance of Warner’s November 25 theatrical release. Film stars Korean pop idol Rain as a ninja who leaves his assassin clan after his friend [...]

REVIEW: Kickboxer 5: Redemption (1994)

REVIEW: Kickboxer 5: Redemption (1994)
September 10, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
Just when people thought the KICKBOXER saga was dead after the very terrible fourth installment, a surprise comes in the form of this fifth installment, which in some ways lives up to its name. However, Sasha Mitchell [...]

New on home video, September 6-12

New on home video, September 6-12
September 9, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
BATTLE OF THE WARRIORS (DVD – Dragon Dynasty) Epic siege warfare erupts in this historical action drama, originally released as BATTLE OF WITS, where superstar Andy Lau plays a Mohist who leads the defense of a fortified [...]

REVIEW: Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1993)

REVIEW: Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1993)
September 8, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 7 Comments »
The martial arts saga revolving around the Sloan clan takes a major turn for the worse in the most unbelievable (and that is in a bad way) installment of the film series. While Sasha Mitchell returns, the [...]

REVIEW: Blood and Bone (2009)

REVIEW: Blood and Bone (2009)
September 8, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Danny Shamon | 18 Comments »
Although Michael Jai White has been acting for over two decades he has never quite kicked his way into the upper echelon of action stars. When SPAWN came out in 1997 it was supposed to bring his [...]

REVIEW: Battle of Wits (2006)

REVIEW: Battle of Wits (2006)
September 8, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 5 Comments »
During the Warring States Period in China, a wizened advocate of peace and equality offers to lead the defense of a walled city of 40,000 against an invading army of 100,000. Despite early successes, his seemingly subversive [...]

REVIEW: Battle of Wits (DVD – Dragon Dynasty)

REVIEW: Battle of Wits (DVD - Dragon Dynasty)
September 8, 2009 | Posted in Home Video Reviews by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Released under the alternate title of BATTLE OF THE WARRIORS, Dragon Dynasty’s “Special Collector’s Edition” DVD release of BATTLE OF WITS is a serviceable release that features a quality anamorphic picture, original Mandarin 5.1 or new English-dubbed [...]

New trailer for Mike B’s ‘The Sanctuary’

New trailer for Mike B's 'The Sanctuary'
September 7, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
A new trailer is out for Thai actioner THE SANCTUARY, starring actor and Panna Rittikrai stunt team veteran Michael B. in his lead debut as a martial arts master struggling, with the aid of a young archeology [...]