UPDATE: Brad Pitt not ‘Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis

UPDATE: Brad Pitt not 'Sherlock Holmes' nemesis
August 16, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 6 Comments »
Update: In speaking to a rep at Warner Bros., MTV has just confirmed that the London Mirror’s story stating that Brad Pitt is joining the cast of SHERLOCK HOLMES is complete bollocks. Here’s what Warner had to [...]

REVIEW: Undefeatable (1993)

REVIEW: Undefeatable (1993)
August 16, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 10 Comments »
Kung fu starlet Cynthia Rothrock is Kristi Jones, a petty gang leader hustling organized street fights to pay for her sister’s college education. When a mentally unstable underground fighter named Stingray (Don Niam) begins ritually killing women [...]

REVIEW: Angel Town (1989)

REVIEW: Angel Town (1989)
August 16, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Olivier Gruner, star of the CIRCUIT film series alongside other countless B-movie action and sci-fi films, made his film debut in this action-drama revolving around a neighborhood terrorized by a local L.A. gang and a young college [...]

REVIEW: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

REVIEW: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
August 14, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 5 Comments »
Forty-five years after they first entered the market, Hasbro’s line of G.I. Joe action figures is transformed into a monster, $170 million live-action movie by director Stephen Sommers (THE MUMMY). With nearly non-stop action unhindered by forgettable [...]

Well Go USA announces ‘Samurai Princess’ DVD

Well Go USA announces 'Samurai Princess' DVD
August 12, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
The latest action gore fest from Japan is coming to North America courtesy of Well Go USA. The distrib has announced that SAMURAI PRINCESS will be arriving on DVD November 10 with an English dub included. The [...]

New ‘Eagle Shooting Heroes’ series coming to US

New 'Eagle Shooting Heroes' series coming to US
August 12, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 6 Comments »
Hong Kong and North American-based distributor Tai Seng has announced their DVD line-up for September and it includes the Fan Bing-bing starring drama HOME RUN (2008), Chinese opera comedy ONE FOOT OFF THE GROUND (2006), producer Johnnie [...]

Action director Leung Ting talks ‘Five Venoms’

Action director Leung Ting talks 'Five Venoms'
August 11, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 7 Comments »
During a recent interview with Crescent Street Films, WingTsun Grandmaster Leung Ting spoke briefly about choreographing action for Chang Cheh’s widely popular kung fu classic THE FIVE VENOMS, AKA THE 5 DEADLY VENOMS (1978), which coincidently is [...]

REVIEW: Dororo (2007)

REVIEW: Dororo (2007)
August 11, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mike Pratt | 2 Comments »
Tyrannical warlord Daigo Kagemitsu makes a deal with 48 demons to forsake his first-born son Hyakkimaru for supreme rule of the land. The terms of the deal state that the demons can each take a body part [...]

New on home video, August 9-15

New on home video, August 9-15
August 11, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
KING EAGLE (DVD – Image Entertainment) From Shaw Brothers and martial arts filmmaker Chang Cheh comes this wuxia actioner starring Ti Lung as a fiercely independent swordsman reluctantly drawn into clan infighting after falling in love with [...]

Jay Chou is ‘Green Hornet’ sidekick Kato

Jay Chou is 'Green Hornet' sidekick Kato
August 10, 2009 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 17 Comments »
Sony Pictures officially announced that after Hong Kong star Stephen Chow dropped out of the big screen adaptation of THE GREEN HORNET that Taiwanese pop star and actor Jay Chou has won the role of Kato, the [...]

Teaser trailer for ‘Bodyguards and Assassins’

Teaser trailer for 'Bodyguards and Assassins'
August 8, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
The first teaser trailer for writer-director Teddy Chan’s period kung fu actioner BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS has been posted exclusively on Alive Not Dead. The 94-second video reveals the all-star cast, intense urban action and a truly awesome [...]

REVIEW: Empress and the Warriors, An (2008)

REVIEW: Empress and the Warriors, An (2008)
August 7, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 9 Comments »
A fighting heiress (Kelly Chen) to a kingdom in ancient China inherits command of an army divided in a time of war. To cope, she comes to rely on the fighting mastery and loyalty of a battle-hardened [...]

New Magnet trailer for ‘Ong Bak 2′

New Magnet trailer for 'Ong Bak 2'
August 5, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 14 Comments »
Magnet has released a new trailer for Tony Jaa’s ONG BAK 2: THE BEGINNING. It’s the latest move in marketing the period martial arts actioner ahead of an unusual advance digital release on VOD, Xbox Live and [...]

Jet Li, Andy Lau eye ‘New Shaolin Temple’

Jet Li, Andy Lau eye 'New Shaolin Temple'
August 5, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 6 Comments »
Producers for a martial arts film being developed in association with the real Shaolin Temple are currently in talks with wushu star Jet Li and actor/singer Andy Lau to star in NEW SHAOLIN TEMPLE. Li is reportedly [...]

Rain may star in ‘Enter the Dragon’ remake

Rain may star in 'Enter the Dragon' remake
August 5, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 26 Comments »
Latino Review has the exclusive scoop that Warner Bros. is eyeing Korean pop star RAIN for a leading role in AWAKEN THE DRAGON, writer-director Kurt Sutter’s remake of Bruce Lee’s ENTER THE DRAGON. RAIN is already making [...]

Trailer for all-star epic ‘Jian Guo Da Ye’

Trailer for all-star epic 'Jian Guo Da Ye'
August 4, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 6 Comments »
A trailer recently appeared online for JIAN GUO DA YE (aka FOUNDING OF THE NATION), an epic, all-star period drama recounting the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It features cameos and guest roles by some [...]

First look at Donnie Yen in ’14 Blades’

First look at Donnie Yen in '14 Blades'
August 4, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 13 Comments »
Photos from the set of director Daniel Lee’s upcoming period martial arts actioner 14 BLADES, depicting leading wushu star Donnie Yen, have begun appearing in Chinese media. Images show a serious-looking Yen, both clothed and shirtless while [...]

LHMC: Southern Screen – December, 1975

LHMC: Southern Screen - December, 1975
August 3, 2009 | Posted in Features by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
The December 1975 issue of Shaw Brothers-owned film fan magazine “Southern Screen” featured a Christmas special with festive images of studio screen idols including Li Ching, Tanny and Ching Li. Betty Ting Pei, the actress whose home [...]

‘Red Heroine’ screening in Brooklyn

'Red Heroine' screening in Brooklyn
August 1, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
RED HEROINE, the earliest complete martial arts film from China’s silent film era will be screened with accompaniment from the Devil Music Ensemble in New York on August 9th. The event is being hosted by Rooftop Films, [...]

REVIEW: The Five Venoms (DVD – Dragon Dynasty)

REVIEW: The Five Venoms (DVD - Dragon Dynasty)
August 1, 2009 | Posted in Home Video Reviews by Mark Pollard | 22 Comments »
The Weinstein Company finally delivers its first Shaw Brothers film release in over a year on their Dragon Dynasty label with Chang Cheh’s kung fu classic THE FIVE VENOMS, re-titled THE 5 DEADLY VENOMS. Apart from the [...]