REVIEW: Goyokin (1969)

REVIEW: Goyokin (1969)
November 23, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
The rugged, steely-eyed Tatsuya Nakadai is a former samurai on a mission to stop a massacre in GOYOKIN, from writer-director Hideo Goshi, helmer of chambara classics THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI and HITOKIRI. The film is a slow-boiling samurai [...]

New release dates and cover art for ‘Ninja’

New release dates and cover art for 'Ninja'
November 22, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 17 Comments »
New home video release dates for director Isaac Florentine’s NINJA, starring Scott Adkins, have been announced. In the U.S., First Look Pictures is rolling out DVD and Blu-ray editions on March 9. A DVD release will follow [...]

Jackie Chan: ‘It was a mistake to make ‘Drunken Master”

Jackie Chan: 'It was a mistake to make 'Drunken Master''
November 21, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 48 Comments »
While promoting an online video game spin-off of his upcoming movie BIG SOLDIER in Beijing, action star Jackie Chan said he was not proud of all of his movies and called some of his early films a [...]

‘Five Venoms’ action director jailed

'Five Venoms' action director jailed
November 21, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 21 Comments »
Kung fu grandmaster and former fight choreographer Leung Ting has been sentenced to two months in jail in Hong Kong for attacking his girlfriend. Leung is best known to genre film fans as an action director on [...]

Snipes’ ‘Game of Death’ gets new director

Snipes' 'Game of Death' gets new director
November 20, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
It’s slightly moldy news but worth posting anyway since it hasn’t been widely publicized. Moviehole reports that Abel Ferrara has left Columbia’s GAME OF DEATH, the action film now in production in Detroit that would have reunited [...]

Tai Seng’s December 2009 releases

Tai Seng's December 2009 releases
November 20, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Coming to home video in the U.S. on December 29 are four new Chinese-language releases from Tai Seng. Titles include the Blu-ray edition of Feng Xiaogang’s war drama ASSEMBLY (2007), Herman Yau’s supernatural thriller THE FIRST 7TH [...]

2009 Golden Horse nominations

2009 Golden Horse nominations
November 20, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards will be capping the 46th annual Golden Horse Awards Film Festival on November 28. Nominations have been announced and I have picked through them to highlight action-oriented films of interest including COW, CRAZY [...]

REVIEW: District 13: Ultimatum (2009)

REVIEW: District 13: Ultimatum (2009)
November 19, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Gazz Ogden | No Comments »
Luc Besson is the Jean-Luc Godard of action movies. He’s French, he’s male, he’s er…he’s…umm…ok, the similarities end there. But just as Godard put his unique stamp on every one of his films, so too does Besson, [...]

‘Chen Zhen’ begins shooting as superhero movie

'Chen Zhen' begins shooting as superhero movie
November 18, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 4 Comments »
Production began on Monday for CHEN ZHEN (aka THE LEGEND OF CHEN ZHEN), a kung fu actioner directed by Andrew Lau with Donnie Yen starring and choreographing the action. What may come as a surprise is that [...]

Carl Rinsch to direct Keanu Reeves in ’47 Ronin’

Carl Rinsch to direct Keanu Reeves in '47 Ronin'
November 18, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 6 Comments »
TV commercial director Carl Rinsch has been picked to helm 47 RONIN with Keanu Reeves in the lead role. Rinsch, who is romantically involved with director Ridley Scott’s daughter, was originally attached to the latest film in [...]

Teacher busted for showing ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ in class

Teacher busted for showing 'Kung Fu Hustle' in class
November 18, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 24 Comments »
It was meant to be a reward for academic achievement but now a junior high school teacher who screened portions of Stephen Chow’s martial arts comedy KUNG FU HUSTLE to a classroom full of sixth graders is [...]

Trailer for Manny Pacquiao’s ‘Wapakman’

Trailer for Manny Pacquiao's 'Wapakman'
November 18, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 5 Comments »
Filipino champion boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is making his action film debut as the leading man in Filipino superhero movie WAPAKMAN. Directed by Topel Lee, this action comedy with sci-fi elements has been likened to KUNG FU [...]

REVIEW: Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)

REVIEW: Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)
November 17, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 9 Comments »
Korean superstar actress Jun Ji-Hyun (MY SASSY GIRL) undergoes a new Western name, Gianna Jun, in her English language debut in this live action adaptation of the popular anime which despite a few flaws, fares much better [...]

Exclusive ‘Kung Fu Man’ set pics

Exclusive 'Kung Fu Man' set pics
November 17, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
KUNG FU MAN, starring Yuen Woo-ping protégé Tiger Chen and Andre “Chyna” McCoy is currently in production and Danny Shamon has filed this report with exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures. Tiger Chen on the set of KUNG FU MAN. [...]

REVIEW: Dragon Fire (1993)

REVIEW: Dragon Fire (1993)
November 16, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 9 Comments »
First came Don “The Dragon” Wilson in BLOODFIST (1989). Then came Jerry Trimble in FULL CONTACT (1992) followed by the late Catya Sassoon in ANGEL FIST (1993). B-movie king Roger Corman re-teams with FULL CONTACT director Rick [...]

Trailer for Michael Chuah’s ‘Fist of Dragon’

Trailer for Michael Chuah's 'Fist of Dragon'
November 12, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 6 Comments »
The first trailer for Singapore/Chinese martial arts actioner FIST OF DRAGON is here. Malaysian writer-director Michael Chuah stars as a young, martial arts-trained man who while visiting his uncle discovers that his hometown has become overrun with [...]

‘Tekken,’ the best fighting game movie since ‘Mortal Kombat?’

'Tekken,' the best fighting game movie since 'Mortal Kombat?'
November 12, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 13 Comments »
That’s the suggested first impression made by IGN’s Jim Vejvoda who published a written preview of a promo trailer for director Dwight H. Little’s upcoming, live-action fighting video game TEKKEN, which premiered at the American Film Market [...]

CONTEST: Well Go USA’s Shaw Brothers set with vintage poster

CONTEST: Well Go USA's Shaw Brothers set with vintage poster
November 11, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 10 Comments »
Update: This contest has concluded. The winners are Jo West, Steve Herlin, Eldridge Foronda, David Lynch, Judy Flynn, Ray Santana, Kyle Fiske, Tyler Harris, Scott McNutt, Andy Strawn. Each will be receiving the DVD box set and [...]

Yuen Woo-ping’s ‘True Legend’ plot detailed

Yuen Woo-ping's 'True Legend' plot detailed
November 11, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 4 Comments »
While covering the American Film Market, Latino Review has discovered a detailed plot and new picture for Yuen Woo-ping’s upcoming kung fu actioner TRUE LEGEND which stars wushu star Vincent Chiu (THE BLADE) as folk hero Su [...]

‘The Eagle of the Ninth’ first look

'The Eagle of the Ninth' first look
November 11, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Even though it stars Channing Tatum, an action star genre fans love to hate, Roman period actioner THE EAGLE OF THE NINE is a film I am eagerly awaiting to see more of for its historical premise [...]