REVIEW: Brothers Five (1970)

REVIEW: Brothers Five (1970)
September 6, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 5 Comments »
Swordswoman Yan Loi (Cheng Pei-pei) aids the five heroic Gao brothers in reuniting and training in a formation fighting technique known as the Five Tigers with One Heart in order to defeat ruthless martial arts master Long [...]

REVIEW: Brothers Five (DVD – Well GO USA)

REVIEW: Brothers Five (DVD - Well GO USA)
September 6, 2009 | Posted in Home Video Reviews by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
Well Go USA’s DVD release of writer-director Lo Wei’s wuxia actioner BROTHERS FIVE provides a bittersweet viewing experience. The film itself is entertaining and worth picking up for Shaw Brothers and wuxia fans. Disc features a fully-restored [...]

REVIEW: Kickboxer 3: The Art of War (1992)

REVIEW: Kickboxer 3: The Art of War (1992)
September 4, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 4 Comments »
Sasha Mitchell returns as the youngest of the fighting Sloan clan in this third installment, which in essence, takes away practically all the emotional drama that helped make the first two films successes and just ends up [...]

Green Power Ranger enters MMA circuit

Green Power Ranger enters MMA circuit
September 2, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 18 Comments »
It’s common to hear about MMA fighters like Randy Couture becoming actors but in this case it’s the other way around. Jason Frank, the 35-year-old actor best known as Tommy Oliver, AKA the Green Ranger on the [...]

Monster preview of Isaac Florentine’s ‘Ninja’

Monster preview of Isaac Florentine's 'Ninja'
September 2, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 8 Comments »
The makers of NINJA, action director Isaac Florentine’s upcoming ninja actioner starring Scott Adkins, have just unleashed five behind-the-scenes videos that offer a sweet preview of the film. Each clip reveals previously unseen footage mixed with interviews [...]

New on home video, August 30-September 5

New on home video, August 30-September 5
September 2, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION (Blu-ray/DVD – 20th Century Fox UK) Reviled by critics and Dragonball fans alike, James Wong’s fantasy actioner DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION comes to the U.K. on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Justin Chatwin stars [...]

Ratner to produce Kevin Tancharoen’s ‘Arcana’

Ratner to produce Kevin Tancharoen's 'Arcana'
September 2, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Dance choreographer-turned-filmmaker Kevin Tancharoen will helm sci-fi actioner ARCANA, with Brett Ratner and Jay Stern of Rat Entertainment producing for Universal Pictures. Developed by Tancharoen and dancer/actor Harry Shum Jr., and scripted by John Ridley (U-TURN), ARCANA [...]

REVIEW: Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1990)

REVIEW: Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1990)
September 1, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
With the success of KICKBOXER in 1989, production company Kings Road Entertainment decided to take advantage and using a screenplay from David S. Goyer (BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT), the second chapter of the saga introduces a [...]

Magnet’s ‘Mirageman’ DVD coming in October

Magnet's 'Mirageman' DVD coming in October
September 1, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 4 Comments »
Magnolia Pictures’ genre label, Magnet Releasing, will be delivering Chilean martial arts actioner MIRAGEMAN to DVD in the U.S. on October 6th. The DVD was first spotted at online retailers Amazon and HKFlix by one of our [...]

‘Green Hornet’ release date pushed back

'Green Hornet' release date pushed back
September 1, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
Originally set for a summer release in 2010, the release date for Seth Rogan’s THE GREEN HORNET has been pushed back to December 17th, 2010. The move was first reported by Collider.com and was confirmed by Rogan [...]

REVIEW: Fifth Commandment, The (2008)

REVIEW: Fifth Commandment, The (2008)
August 29, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 6 Comments »
Hollywood actor Rick Yune (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, DIE ANOTHER DAY) wrote, produced, and played the lead in this action thriller with a theme that had been beaten to death quite a number of times. Yune [...]

HK actor Shing Fui-on dead at 54

HK actor Shing Fui-on dead at 54
August 28, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 12 Comments »
Prolific Hong Kong actor Shing Fui-on died on Thursday evening after a five-year battle with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a type of throat cancer that he had been diagnosed with in 2004. His final minutes were reportedly spent with [...]

REVIEW: Kickboxer (1989)

REVIEW: Kickboxer (1989)
August 28, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 11 Comments »
Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in this classic martial arts tournament film about an American kickboxer in Thailand who trains in Muay Thai to compete against a vicious local champion (Michel Qissi) responsible for paralyzing his brother (Dennis [...]

UPDATE: Rampage Jackson is NOT BA Baracus in ‘A-Team’

UPDATE: Rampage Jackson is NOT BA Baracus in 'A-Team'
August 26, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 16 Comments »
Update: Another story originating from a UK tabloid. Another load of B.S. MTV has debunked this rumor started by British tabloid The Sun, just as they did with another rumor published by British tabloid The London Mirror [...]

Trailer for ‘The Sword with No Name’

Trailer for 'The Sword with No Name'
August 26, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 7 Comments »
A full trailer is out for Korean director Kim Yong-gyoon’s history-based wuxia epic THE SWORD WITH NO NAME. From the look of it, the film is a glitzy, upscale blend of costume drama and all-out wuxia actioner, [...]

‘Kung Fu Super Sounds’ comes to iTunes

'Kung Fu Super Sounds' comes to iTunes
August 26, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
De Wolfe Music Library’s collection of soundtrack music from some of Shaw Brothers’ most popular kung fu classics is now available for purchase on iTunes. KUNG FU SUPER SOUNDS features 43 original music tracks from 22 Shaw [...]

UPDATE: Edko announces Jet Li’s next film

UPDATE: Edko announces Jet Li's next film
August 26, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
Update: As The Associated Press reported on Monday, a press conference took place today to formally announce Jet Li’s next Chinese-language film which we already know is not martial art related. Here are additional details. He will [...]

New on home video, August 23-29

New on home video, August 23-29
August 26, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 8 Comments »
FIGHTING (Blu-ray/DVD – Universal) Rising Hollywood action star Channing Tatum is a young counterfeiter introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist (Terrence Howard) who becomes his manager. This mainstream fighting drama [...]

Sammo Hung hospitalized for heart surgery

Sammo Hung hospitalized for heart surgery
August 25, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 22 Comments »
Three weeks ago, Hong Kong action director and martial arts actor Sammo Hung was admitted to hospital for heart surgery after reportedly taking ill while filming IP MAN 2, Wilson Yip’s sequel to the award-winning, semi-biographical kung [...]

Steven Seagal reality series spurs lawsuit

Steven Seagal reality series spurs lawsuit
August 25, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
A&E has been planning a reality TV series based around the police work of action star, bluesman and Louisiana deputy sheriff Steven Seagal that is set to air later this year. Now the show is at the [...]