REVIEW: Out for Blood (1992)

REVIEW: Out for Blood (1992)
January 5, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Kickboxing legend Don “The Dragon” Wilson stars in this action film whose main character can be said to be referenced by the Yuen Biao classic ABOVE THE LAW (1986). Fifteen months ago, lawyer John Decker (Wilson) witnessed [...]

REVIEW: Order No. 27 (1986)

REVIEW: Order No. 27 (1986)
January 2, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
A rare martial arts film from North Korea, this film proves that when it comes to providing fight scenes, the language is global. Set during the Korean War in the 1950’s, a group of military officers in [...]

New Trailer to ‘The Raid 2: Berandal’

New Trailer to 'The Raid 2: Berandal'
December 31, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 3 Comments »
The new trailer to the long-awaited sequel, THE RAID 2: BERANDAL, has arrived in time for the New Year! This new two and a half minute trailer gives details of the plot. Rama, reprised by Iko Uwais, [...]

REVIEW: Rage and Honor II: Hostile Takeover (1993)

REVIEW: Rage and Honor II: Hostile Takeover (1993)
December 30, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Cynthia Rothrock and Richard Norton reprise their roles of Kris Fairchild and Preston Michaels in this action-packed sequel set in Jakarta. Kris Fairchild (Rothrock) has given up her job as a teacher and now works for the [...]

REVIEW: Rage and Honor (1992)

REVIEW: Rage and Honor (1992)
December 30, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Martial arts action legends Cynthia Rothrock and Richard Norton star in this action-packed film that delivers high on action despite a clichéd plot. Kris Fairchild (Rothrock) is an inner-city teacher in the mean streets of Los Angeles. [...]

REVIEW: Warriors of Virtue 2: The Return to Tao (2002)

REVIEW: Warriors of Virtue 2: The Return to Tao (2002)
December 28, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Five years after they originally appeared, the Warriors of Virtue return in a second adventure that changes course quite a bit, but proves to be a fun film in the vein of films like THE NEVERENDING STORY [...]

REVIEW: Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya (2010)

REVIEW: Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya (2010)
December 28, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Based on true events, this film, made to commemorate the anniversary of Japanese-Thai diplomatic relations, is truly an underrated film involving some brutal action and a great performance from its lead star. Nagamasa Yamada (Seigi Ozeki) is [...]

REVIEW: The Ultimate Fight (1998)

REVIEW: The Ultimate Fight (1998)
December 22, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Ernie Reyes Jr., former child martial arts action star, makes his directorial debut with this film that suffers from some over the top performances but does have a few nice fight sequences. The film revolves around some [...]

Tom Laughlin, creator of “Billy Jack”, dies at 82

Tom Laughlin, creator of "Billy Jack", dies at 82
December 16, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
Tom Laughlin, the filmmaker who will forever be immortalized for his character “Billy Jack”, has died at the age of 82. Born on August 10, 1931 in Minnesota, Laughlin began his acting career shortly after enter the [...]

REVIEW: The Four (2012)

REVIEW: The Four (2012)
December 15, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Wuxia meets the supernatural in this standard period martial arts film that is the first of a proposed trilogy. In ancient China, the Emperor has a group of constables known as Department Six, led by Lord Liu [...]

Maori fighting arts to be seen in ‘The Dead Lands’

Maori fighting arts to be seen in 'The Dead Lands'
December 11, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
Martial arts film fans will get a taste of the traditional fighting arts of the New Zealand-based Maori in an upcoming film entitled THE DEAD LANDS. The film, which begins principal photography in the new few days [...]

‘DOA: Dead or Alive’ co-star Carter in Indonesian action film ‘Guardian’

'DOA: Dead or Alive' co-star Carter in Indonesian action film 'Guardian'
December 9, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
Canadian actress Sarah Carter, who perhaps is known for playing Helena Douglas in the live action adaptation of the video game DEAD OR ALIVE, recently shot her third martial arts project with an Indonesian action thriller entitled [...]

‘Brick Mansions’ and ‘Fast and Furious’ star Paul Walker dies

'Brick Mansions' and 'Fast and Furious' star Paul Walker dies
December 1, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Sad news has rocked Hollywood with the tragic death of Paul Walker. Walker, best known for his role as Brian O’Connor in the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise, was killed in an automobile accident after leaving a charity [...]

Two sequels to ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ coming in 2014

Two sequels to 'Rurouni Kenshin' coming in 2014
November 30, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
Warner Brothers Japan have had one of their biggest hits in 2012 with the live action adaptation of the popular manga and anime RUROUNI KENSHIN. Now in production are not one, but two sequels that are set [...]

Koichi Sakamoto directs cage fighting erotica with ‘Red x Pink’

Koichi Sakamoto directs cage fighting erotica with 'Red x Pink'
November 30, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Alpha Stunts co-leader Koichi Sakamoto, fresh off working on the Super Sentai series JYUDEN SENTAI KYORYUGER, combines cage fighting with the sexy otaku genre in his upcoming action film RED x PINK. The story revolves around four [...]

TRAILER: The Raid 2 – Berendal (2014)

TRAILER: The Raid 2 - Berendal (2014)
November 30, 2013 | Posted in Movies by Albert Valentin | 4 Comments »
At long last, the first trailer to Gareth Evans’ long awaited sequel to his 2012 hit martial arts film THE RAID-REDEMPTION has finally been unleashed. THE RAID 2-BERENDAL begins directly after the first film and brings our [...]

Tony Jaa and Wu Jing in ‘SPL 2′

Tony Jaa and Wu Jing in 'SPL 2'
November 30, 2013 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Thai action star Tony Jaa, who is currently shooting his Hollywood debut, FAST AND FURIOUS 7, has announced that he will be making his Hong Kong film debut next year with SPL 2. It was announced that [...]

REVIEW: Only God Forgives (2013)

REVIEW: Only God Forgives (2013)
November 23, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 3 Comments »
From famous Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE) comes this tale of revenge set in the underworld of Bangkok. Despite not being an actuak martial arts action film, Refn knows how to shoot fights as seen in [...]

REVIEW: Bangkok Revenge (2011)

REVIEW: Bangkok Revenge (2011)
November 23, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
From French filmmaker Jean-Marc Mineo comes this standard revenge martial arts film starring TEKKEN’s Jon Foo, who can fight well, but seems robotic in terms of acting. Foo plays Manit, a young man who many years ago, [...]

REVIEW: City Under Siege (2010)

REVIEW: City Under Siege (2010)
November 22, 2013 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
From the director of NEW POLICE STORY comes this homage to superhero-style films that is best described as somewhat goofy yet somewhat still fun. A group of Hong Kong circus performers are in Malaysia for a show. [...]