REVIEW: Unbeatable (2013)

REVIEW: Unbeatable (2013)
January 18, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
After WARRIOR and FISTS OF LEGEND, Hong Kong delivers a well-paced mixed martial arts thriller that drives on character development and does extremely well thanks to the performances of its three lead stars. The film is set [...]

Justin Lin heads to ‘Shaolin Temple’

Justin Lin heads to 'Shaolin Temple'
January 18, 2014 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
Justin Lin, director of the last four installments of the FAST AND FURIOUS films (not counting the currently shooting seventh installment), is gearing up to make his Chinese-language film debut. Film Business Asia has reported that Lin [...]

REVIEW: Special ID (2013)

REVIEW: Special ID (2013)
January 15, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Donnie Yen returns to MMA with this action packed cop film that seems to have something missing, but does have some nicely done action sequences and a nice villain turn for the “Onimal”. Yen plays Chen Zilong, [...]

REVIEW: Raze (2013)

REVIEW: Raze (2013)
January 14, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
New Zealand stuntwoman/actress Zoë Bell stars in this very insane film that gives a new meaning to the word “girlfight”. The film opens with Jamie (Rachel Nichols), a young woman who is kidnapped after a date. Dressed [...]

REVIEW: Fists of Legend (2013)

REVIEW: Fists of Legend (2013)
January 13, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
The title may seem similar to a famous Jet Li film, but this is not a remake. This is a really great mixed martial arts drama from Korea courtesy of director Kang Woo-Suk (PUBLIC ENEMY). Noodle shop [...]

REVIEW: Street Crimes (1992)

REVIEW: Street Crimes (1992)
January 10, 2014 | Posted in Film and TV Reviews by Albert Valentin | No Comments »
From the makers of RING OF FIRE comes this film about two cops who find a different method to bringing the neighborhood back together…through fighting. Tony (Michael Worth) is a rookie police officer who after attempting to [...]

Kane Kosugi is ‘Agent X’ in first Hollywood lead role

Kane Kosugi is 'Agent X' in first Hollywood lead role
January 8, 2014 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 1 Comment »
Second generation action star Kane Kosugi has landed his first lead role in a Hollywood production, which is scheduled to begin shooting this month. On his official blog, Kane announced that he has signed to play the [...]

Legendary film producer Sir Run Run Shaw dies at 106

Legendary film producer Sir Run Run Shaw dies at 106
January 7, 2014 | Posted in News by Albert Valentin | 2 Comments »
One of the greatest figures in Hong Kong cinema history, Sir Run Run Shaw, has passed away at the age of 106 on Tuesday. The founder of the world famous Shaw Brothers film company and its television [...]

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 [...]