REVIEW: The Restless (DVD – Genius Products)

REVIEW: The Restless (DVD - Genius Products)
October 22, 2009 | Posted in Home Video Reviews by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
Last year, Genius Products, the same company responsible for distributing TWC’s Dragon Dynasty releases put out a solid DVD version of Korean director Jo Dong-oh’s romantic fantasy actioner THE RESTLESS, starring MUSA’s Jung Woo-sung, with action choreography [...]

REVIEW: Spirited Killer (1994)

REVIEW: Spirited Killer (1994)
October 21, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
Stuntmaster Panna Rittikrai (ONG BAK, BORN TO FIGHT) started out as the star in a low of lower-budgeted Thai films before gaining the reputation as the mentor of some of Thailand’s top action stars, notably Tony Jaa [...]

Keanu Reeves backs Yuen Clan’s ‘Kung Fu Man’

Keanu Reeves backs Yuen Clan's 'Kung Fu Man'
October 21, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 4 Comments »
Yuen Woo-ping protégé Tiger Chen is set to make his leading debut in KUNG FU MAN, a comedic martial arts actioner directed by female mainland filmmaker Ning Ying and Yuen’s brother Yuen Cheung-yan. The film, which was [...]

Teaser and pics from ’14 Blades’

Teaser and pics from '14 Blades'
October 21, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 13 Comments »
The first official teaser trailer for Daniel Lee’s upcoming period martial arts film, 14 BLADES, starring Donnie Yen and Vicki Zhao has arrived. Previously, a very brief teaser leaked onto the web courtesy of amateur video. Here [...]

New trailer for ‘True Legend’

New trailer for 'True Legend'
October 20, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 17 Comments »
The first trailer for action director Yuen Woo-ping’s TRUE LEGEND is here and it looks mighty fine, in fact, better than I had expected knowing that fantasy elements would be involved. In the film, veteran wushu star [...]

Awful trailer for ‘The Spy Next Door’

Awful trailer for 'The Spy Next Door'
October 20, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 22 Comments »
Watch Jackie Chan further erode his once great image as an action icon and continue his slide into forgettable mediocrity in this trailer for his latest Hollywood “action” comedy THE SPY NEXT DOOR, from director Brian Levant, [...]

‘Wolverine 2′ to have ‘extreme fighting’

'Wolverine 2' to have 'extreme fighting'
October 20, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 6 Comments »
Empire Online recently spoke to Lauren Shuler-Donner, producer of the X-MEN films, about upcoming feature film spin-offs including the sequel to X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE. From her comments, it sounds like WOLVERINE 2 is going to be taking [...]

Thurman ready to ‘Kill Bill’ again

Thurman ready to 'Kill Bill' again
October 20, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 10 Comments »
Quentin Tarantino recently went public in an interview with suggestion that he was working on a third KILL BILL that will take place 10 years after the events of the first two films and see the return [...]

REVIEW: Tournament, The (2009)

REVIEW: Tournament, The (2009)
October 20, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Danny Shamon | 9 Comments »
Languishing in development and production hell for what seems to be an eternity, Scott Mann’s film THE TOURNAMENT finally gets a proper DVD release. The “combat death game” genre has been inundated with several films over the [...]

‘The Tournament’ preview – Adkins vs. Hu

'The Tournament' preview - Adkins vs. Hu
October 20, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 5 Comments »
A preview (with fight outcome spoiler) of THE TOURNAMENT has been posted on Youtube. It features Kelly Hu (MARTIAL LAW) and Scott Adkins (UNDISPUTED 2) beating the crap out of each other as assassins competing in a [...]

Rodat joins Raimi on ‘Warcraft’ adaptation

Rodat joins Raimi on 'Warcraft' adaptation
October 15, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 3 Comments »
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN scribe Robert Rodat has been hired to write the live-action film based on Blizzard’s WORLD OF WARCRAFT massive multiplayer online game. He will be joining Sam Raimi who is already signed to supervise development [...]

Koei unveils ‘Fist of the North Star’ game

Koei unveils 'Fist of the North Star' game
October 14, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 6 Comments »
We haven’t covered video games lately but every once in a while something catches the eye that begs a mention. Japanese video game maker Koei, the company responsible for the DYNASTY WARRIORS series, recently unveiled their latest [...]

Promo trailer for ‘The Expendables’

Promo trailer for 'The Expendables'
October 14, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 16 Comments »
Get it before Lionsgate shuts it down. A promo trailer for ‘The Expendables’ has been leaked online and is currently winding its way through the inter-web with the studio in hot pursuit. Honestly, how could one studio [...]

Trailer and new pics for ‘Undisputed 3′

Trailer and new pics for 'Undisputed 3'
October 14, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 12 Comments »
The first trailer for action director Isaac Florentine’s highly anticipated prison brawling sequel UNDISPUTED 3 is here. Interest in the film is gaining serious traction among fight fans, not only because it’s directed by arguably the best [...]

REVIEW: Fighter (2007)

REVIEW: Fighter (2007)
October 14, 2009 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 5 Comments »
Directed by Danish-born helmer Natasha Arthy, FIGHTER can be described as a more seriously minded martial arts version of the Gurinder Chadha comedy BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (2002), in which our protagonist must make a decision between [...]

Glorious Grindhouse: The films of Sun Chung

Glorious Grindhouse: The films of Sun Chung
October 14, 2009 | Posted in Electric Shadows by Jean Lukitsh | 4 Comments »
Love them or hate them, exploitation films have a long if not entirely respectable history. The bad ones are so poorly conceived and made as to be unwatchable. But the good ones – ah, the good ones [...]

Zaror to star in 3D remake of ‘Mirageman’

Zaror to star in 3D remake of 'Mirageman'
October 14, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 9 Comments »
Rising action star Marko Zaror is set to headline a 3-D, English-language remake of MIRAGEMAN, his second Chilean film recently released on DVD in the U.S. by Magnolia Pictures. News was officially released by producers at this [...]

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar honored in martial arts

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar honored in martial arts
October 13, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 4 Comments »
Akshay Kumar, star of CHANDI CHOWK TO CHINA and dozens of other high-profile action movies in India, has been honored by the local martial arts community by receiving a ceremonial katana and six-degree black belt in karate. [...]

Festival critics rave about ‘Mandrill’

Festival critics rave about 'Mandrill'
October 13, 2009 | Posted in News by Mark Pollard | 4 Comments »
MANDRILL, the third pairing of writer-director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza and martial arts star and choreographer Marko Zaror, has left festival goers and critics cheering despite seemingly everyone’s admission that the film is little more than a goofy [...]

‘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, [...]