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 [...]

Trailer for martial arts actioner ‘Carreng Gang 2′

Trailer for martial arts actioner 'Carreng Gang 2'
September 7, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
While doing some research on Nepal-based action director Bhoj Bahadur Gurung who is working on a Nepalese action film that I plan to write about in the future, I stumbled on an intriguing trailer for a martial [...]

Soderbergh to direct MMA’s Gina Carano in ‘Knockout’

Soderbergh to direct MMA's Gina Carano in 'Knockout'
September 7, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 6 Comments »
MMA continues to take Hollywood by storm. Variety reports that Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh’s next film will be a spy thriller starring Muay Thai-trained MMA fighter Gina Carano in her debut as a leading lady. [...]

‘Ninja Assassin’ preview clip

'Ninja Assassin' preview clip
September 6, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 18 Comments »
A video preview of James McTeigue’s NINJA ASSASSIN has been published by MTV. The one-minute clip features a fight sequence where leading man and Korean pop superstar Rain is being chased by ninjas through a busy street. [...]

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 [...]