‘Turning Point,’ ‘Lotus Lantern’ coming to DVD

'Turning Point,' 'Lotus Lantern' coming to DVD
October 13, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | No Comments »
Tai Seng’s November DVD releases include Herman Yau’s crime actioner TURNING POINT starring Anthony Wong, Wong Jing’s period comedy ON HIS MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE with Louis Koo, crime drama TACTICAL UNIT – THE CODE starring Simon Yam, [...]

Festival critics weigh in on ‘Merantau’

Festival critics weigh in on 'Merantau'
October 12, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 11 Comments »
INDONESIAN martial arts movie MERANTAU, the first in over a decade, recently began making the festival rounds by screening at Fantastic Fest where it is largely measuring up to the hype that Twitch Film‘s Todd Brown has [...]

The original ‘Power Rangers’ return in 2010

The original 'Power Rangers' return in 2010
October 9, 2009 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 36 Comments »
After months of speculation, Disney and Bandai made an official announcement that the hit 1993 series MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS will make its official return to television in January 2010. MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS was the Americanized [...]

Slick sci-fi fighting short ‘Turbo’

Slick sci-fi fighting short 'Turbo'
October 9, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
THE KARATE KID meets TRON in Jarrett Lee Conaway’s highly polished and fast-paced, futuristic action short TURBO where teen gamers compete in a 4D fighting video game competition. Troubled teen Hugo Park (Justin Choi) is obsessed with [...]

Snipes to star in Ferrara’s ‘Game of Death’

Snipes to star in Ferrara's 'Game of Death'
October 8, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 4 Comments »
Wesley Snipes appears to be making a comeback. After starring in a string of mediocre direct-to-video movies for the past five years and capping it off by getting busted by the Feds for tax evasion, he is [...]

First group shot of ‘The Expendables’

First group shot of 'The Expendables'
October 8, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 13 Comments »
Say hello to every film villain’s worst nightmare. It’s the first group shot of the dream team of action heroes in Sylvester Stallone’s THE EXPENDABLES. This badass crew includes (from left to right) Terry Crews, Randy Couture, [...]

REVIEW: Mirageman (2007)

REVIEW: Mirageman (2007)
October 8, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 4 Comments »
Imagine if a quiet and earnest man tormented by painful memories of the brutal murder of his parents, and burdened with watching his little brother slowly sink into insanity as a result, channeled his despair and silent [...]

REVIEW: Mirageman (DVD – Magnolia Pictures)

REVIEW: Mirageman (DVD - Magnolia Pictures)
October 8, 2009 | Posted in Home Video Reviews by Mark Pollard | 2 Comments »
Like previous Magnolia releases of imported actioners, their DVD release of Marko Zaror’s MIRAGEMAN is basic, with few frills but little to complain about in terms of presentation. When past studios have opted to edit foreign film [...]

REVIEW: Power Kids (2009)

REVIEW: Power Kids (2009)
October 7, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
Thai stunt master Panna Rittikrai has the tendency to impress fans with his brand of martial arts choreography and stunt work. While ONG BAK (2003) launched Tony Jaa and CHOCOLATE (2008) launched Jeeja Yanin, this action film [...]

Music video premiere of ‘The Quest’ by Quest-Rah

Music video premiere of 'The Quest' by Quest-Rah
October 7, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 5 Comments »
U.K.-based hip-hop artist, producer and kung fu movie fan Quest-Rah has unveiled a new classic kung fu-inspired music video for “The Quest,” a featured track off his new album “Ancient Tapes Vol.1.” The track and its accompanying [...]

REVIEW: Best of the Best 2 (1992)

REVIEW: Best of the Best 2 (1992)
October 6, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 4 Comments »
Eric Roberts, Phillip Rhee, and Christopher Penn, as well as director Robert Radler, return from the 1989 martial arts cult classic in a standard tale of vengeance. However, despite its simplistic theme, Rhee’s performance drives the film [...]

New on home video, October 4-10

New on home video, October 4-10
October 6, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 5 Comments »
CHINESE ODYSSEY 2002 (DVD – Kino International) Jeffrey Lau directs and Wong Kar-wai produces this Lunar New Year spectacle, a romantic comedy with martial arts set in the Ming Dynasty and starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Zhao [...]

REVIEW: Girl Called Tigress, A (1973)

REVIEW: Girl Called Tigress, A (1973)
October 6, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Mark Pollard | 1 Comment »
It’s Polly Shang-kwan times two in this sluggish kung fu crime actioner made palatable only by fierce basher action in the latter half highlighting the talents of three martial arts-trained leads. Shang-kwan plays a fighting female tasked [...]

Hollywood’s lost art of film fighting

Hollywood's lost art of film fighting
October 2, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 8 Comments »
Guardian film critic Anne Billson’s latest entry in a series of articles on film looks at what she affectionately calls “lunkhead action movies,” the kind serious critics scoff at, and Hollywood filmmakers’ inability to shoot quality fight [...]

REVIEW: Las Vegas Warrior (2002)

REVIEW: Las Vegas Warrior (2002)
October 2, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Another entry in the now sub-genre of “illegal fight movie” comes courtesy of director Nastasha Baron. The film, originally titled MU SA DO, is two stories interconnecting all revolving around an illegal underground ring operation in Sin [...]

Set pics from ‘The Green Hornet’

Set pics from 'The Green Hornet'
October 2, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 7 Comments »
With casting finally sorted out and production now in full swing, images from the set of Sony Pictures’ THE GREEN HORNET have begun to surface depicting stars Seth Rogen and Jay Chou, as Britt Reid and Kato [...]

Bey Logan leaves TWC, will produce ‘Blood Bond’

Bey Logan leaves TWC, will produce 'Blood Bond'
October 1, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 6 Comments »
Bey Logan has stepped down from his position as Vice President of Asian Acquisitions & Co-Productions at The Weinstein Company’s Hong Kong office as part of the company’s recent efforts to reduce costs. As he leaves, Logan [...]

First reviews for ‘Ninja Assassin’

First reviews for 'Ninja Assassin'
October 1, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 17 Comments »
NINJA ASSASSIN had its debut this week at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas and critics online have begun to weigh in. The film, which stars Korean pop idol Rain, is directed by V FOR VENDETTA’s James [...]

‘King of Fighters’ video preview

'King of Fighters' video preview
October 1, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 8 Comments »
If you haven’t had enough fantasy fighting in DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION, STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI or BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE then you are in luck. A behind-the-scenes preview of director Gordon Chan’s upcoming fighting video game-to-movie [...]

REVIEW: Ashes of Time Redux (DVD – Sony Pictures)

REVIEW: Ashes of Time Redux (DVD - Sony Pictures)
September 30, 2009 | Posted in Home Video Reviews by Mark Pollard | 5 Comments »
This Sony Pictures DVD release represents the re-edited, re-scored, re-subtitled, and digitally re-mastered version of Wong Kar-wai’s 1994 wuxia masterpiece ASHES OF TIME, a visually stunning and complex romantic swordplay saga that takes several primary characters from [...]