Chambara film series to screen in New York

Chambara film series to screen in New York
November 30, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
New York’s Japan Society is hosting a series of nine ’60s-era samurai film screenings featuring leading genre stars Shintaro Katsu and Raizo Ichikawa. The series will kick off with SAMURAI VENDETTA on December 11 and conclude with [...]

REVIEW: Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

REVIEW: Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
November 30, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
Japanese-American martial arts star Sho Kosugi makes his debut as leading man in this violent ninja actioner from legendary action B-moviemakers Cannon Films. It is the unrelated follow-up to their previous hit film ENTER THE NINJA, which [...]

Steve Austin and Gary Daniels in ‘Hunt to Kill’

Steve Austin and Gary Daniels in 'Hunt to Kill'
November 30, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 6 Comments »
Former pro-wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and martial arts star Gary Daniels are appearing together in the actioner HUNT TO KILL. Austin stars as a border guard who is taken prisoner, along with his 17-year-old daughter, by [...]

‘Ninja Assassin’ crushed by ‘New Moon’

'Ninja Assassin' crushed by 'New Moon'
November 30, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 21 Comments »
NINJA ASSASSIN was assassinated at the box office on its opening weekend. The $40 million martial arts actioner starring Rain came in sixth with $13 million ($21 million counting Wednesday and Thursday). The film opened to 2,503 [...]

Teaser poster and plot for Woo’s ‘Rain of Swords’

Teaser poster and plot for Woo's 'Rain of Swords'
November 30, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
Fortissimo Films has released a sales flyer with teaser poster art and a detailed synopsis for RAIN OF SWORDS, a wuxia film now in production that is co-directed between John Woo and Terence Chang. The film stars [...]

Character posters for ‘True Legend’

Character posters for 'True Legend'
November 28, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
A recent press event for Yuen Woo-ping’s upcoming kung fu actioner TRUE LEGEND has yielded new character posters. Featured in order are leading actors Vincent Zhao (as So Qi-er), Zhou Xun, Michelle Yeoh, Andy On, and Guo [...]

Two new trailers for ‘Bodyguards and Assassins’

Two new trailers for 'Bodyguards and Assassins'
November 28, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
There are two new trailers out for Teddy Chan’s upcoming, all-star kung fu actioner BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS. The shorter trailer was cut for Taiwanese audiences and is all action. It reveals a few shots at least of [...]

‘King of Fighters’ promo video

'King of Fighters' promo video
November 28, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 17 Comments »
There is a new, DTV-grade promo video out for Gordon Chan’s THE KING OF FIGHTERS. The film still looks destined for the bottom of the Walmart $5 DVD bargain bin but maybe it’s just being poorly marketed. [...]

Denzel kicks post-apocalyptic ass in ‘Book of Eli’

Denzel kicks post-apocalyptic ass in 'Book of Eli'
November 27, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 6 Comments »
Here’s something I never would have envisioned – Denzel Washington as a martial arts-trained badass traipsing through a post-apocalyptic American landscape. Let me put it another way. Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and the always in-demand martial arts [...]

Disney’s ‘Prince of Persia’ trailer

Disney's 'Prince of Persia' trailer
November 27, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
Seeing NINJA ASSASSIN in the theater this week reminded me that a trailer for producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s upcoming fantasy actioner PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME has been available for a while yet we haven’t featured [...]

REVIEW: Ninja Assassin (2009)

REVIEW: Ninja Assassin (2009)
November 27, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 31 Comments »
Korean pop star Rain ably transforms into the leanest, meanest killing machine since Sonny Chiba was ripping out balls with his bare hands in THE STREET FIGHTER films. From the opening bloodbath, director James McTeigue and producers [...]

Actor Chen Hung-lieh dead at 66

Actor Chen Hung-lieh dead at 66
November 25, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
Veteran actor Chen Hung-lieh passed away at the beginning of the week in Hong Kong after reportedly suffering a heart attack while on the set of the TVB drama OFF PEDDLER. Chen, 66, was rushed to hospital [...]

J.J. Abrams to produce ‘Samurai Jack’ film

J.J. Abrams to produce 'Samurai Jack' film
November 24, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 16 Comments »
STAR TREK director J.J. Abrams will be joining former Hanna-Barbera president Fred Seibert to produce a feature film version of the hit Cartoon Network animated series SAMURAI JACK. The $20 million film will use a combination of [...]

‘Chai Lai Angels’ coming to DVD

'Chai Lai Angels' coming to DVD
November 24, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 5 Comments »
Magnolia Pictures is bringing director Poj Arnon’s Thai action comedy CHAI LAI ANGELS: DANGEROUS FLOWERS (2006) to DVD on December 15. This intentional rip-off of the CHARLIE’S ANGELS films puts five actresses into the roles of “Chai [...]

Magnolia’s ‘Ong Bak 2′ DVD and Blu-ray details

Magnolia's 'Ong Bak 2' DVD and Blu-ray details
November 24, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 7 Comments »
Magnolia has unveiled their home video release of Tony Jaa’s ONG BAK 2: THE BEGINNING which will come in three forms, a standard DVD, two-disc DVD and Blu-ray. The Blu-ray edition will include both the original Thai [...]

‘Universal Soldier: Regeneration’ trailer and release date

'Universal Soldier: Regeneration' trailer and release date
November 24, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 9 Comments »
Veteran action warhorses Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren are going toe-to-toe once again in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION and here is the first footage of John Hyams’ upcoming sci-fi actioner courtesy of the following trailer. The militant [...]

LHMC: ‘A Deadly Secret’ and ’36th Chamber’ lobby art

LHMC: 'A Deadly Secret' and '36th Chamber' lobby art
November 24, 2009 | Posted in Features by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Original lobby cards from two Shaw Brothers classics joins our Linn Haynes Memorial Collection. A DEADLY SECRET (1980) is a bleak martial arts actioner from Mou Tun-fei, the director of infamous war film MEN BEHIND THE SUN. [...]

Pass the gravy and shuriken: ‘Ninja Assassin’ opens

Pass the gravy and shuriken: 'Ninja Assassin' opens
November 23, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 5 Comments »
Thanksgiving is upon us here in the U.S. and that usually marks the beginning of the festive holiday season. What better way to kick off the festivities than by heading to the theater beginning November 25 to [...]

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 [...]