With Charlie Nguyen’s The Rebel lending a face and renewed movement in Vietnam action cinema following the successes of Tony Jaa, Jet Li, and Jackie Chan in the decade prior, martial arts fans found themselves a new hero or two with Johnny Tri Nguyen and Veronica Ngo. The two burgeoning stars would reunite several years later for Le Thanh Son’s crime thriller, Clash (or Bẫy rồng), starring the two in a story of a mercenary who gathers a ragtag team to perform a series of dangerous tasks in order to reunite with the daughter she’s been restrained from by her boss, played by Hoang Phuc Nguyen.
I’m plenty of hours late for at least one of these announcements but so far the best news for action fans adherent to Netflix has arrived as of Tuesday with the upcoming additions of Vietnamese action prequel Furies, and Japanese beat ’em up saga continuation High & Low: The Worst X. Of course there’s more in the streamer’s catalog but these are most certainly my picks.
Veronica Ngo’s hotly-anticipated actioner, Furies (a.k.a. Thanh Soi), is finally released in local cinemas, as of last Friday. Previously dated for April, the film was delayed until December 30 before finally advancing its release on the big screen a week early.
A filmmaker for more than fifteen years, it wasn’t until the 2019 rescue actioner, Furie, that the name, Le-Van Kiet, began registering for a lot of fans beyond the Vietnamese market. This ought to be stated with much credit to North American distributor Well Go USA for doing a more than ample job in proliferating its director, as well as its star, Veronica Ngo, as we now look at one of their latest endeavors expanding further into the West with The Princess, a script by Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton that proffers a fresh, edgy, subversive and satisfyingly violent new take on childhood fairytales.
While Hollywood has the Marvel Cinematic Universe with others studios doling out their own comic book movie repetoire, we’ve also seen Russia, and places throughout Asia emerge with their own attempts of late, to launch a superhero franchise IP on the big screen.
Sometime late last year, Robb Antequera of The Cinema Drunkie sought for the services of several online film reporters, bloggers and willing participants to help contribute to a top fifty list – with sets of ten of our own written summaries – of the previous decade’s best action gems. I contributed about twelve films among which can currently be read among a mix of forty others now opined online as of this article, and in the wake of entries published over at The Action Elite, Action Flix and Bulletproof Action, the series continues below.
THE OLD GUARD: Netflix/Skydance Media Graphic Novel Adaptation Adds Veronica Ngo And Chiwetel Ejiofor Among Trio To Cast
Trade news confirmed via Daily Mail the additions of a trio of actors for Gina Prince-Bythewood’s latest, The Old Guard. Production on the forthcoming graphic novel adaptation is based on the titular novel from Greg Rucka about a team of immortal mercenaries whose leader, Andy, played by Charlize Theron, wants a break from all the killing.
Adding to the awesomeness of Yuen Woo-Ping receiving the Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s 18th New York Asian Film Festival, actress Veronica Ngo will also be on hand serving as competition juror on top of snagging her own award in the form of the Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema.
It’s not often that Vietnamese martial arts action on film makes its way to our shores. Actress and cinematic powerhouse Veronica Ngo has left a great impression on her fans doing just that for the better part of the last twelve or so years to date having initially taken off with hits like The Rebel and Clash with Johnny Tri Nguyen among others.
It’s high time as director Le Van Kiet, following a string of film successes with The House In The Alley and the award-winning Dustin Nguyen starrer, Gentle, now makes his push with one of Vietnam’s most promiment and successful multifaceted film professionals in the female-fronted Furie, in its U.S. release.
Well Go USA is tipping its hat to its consumer base with the first U.S. official poster for director Le Van Kiet’s raucousing actioner, Furie. Paving its way in Vietnam as Hai Phoung in Vietnam for its February 22 release, folks living stateside can now mark on their calendars a select theatrical release on March 1 as well.
Le Van Kiet’s directorial debut, Hai Phuong, will be the go-to for the genre crowd in a season that’s looking evermore ripe by the day for action films. Actress Veronica Ngo is starring for her return to the big screen having lended her craft successfully with films like The Rebel, Clash and David Ayer’s recent sci-fi, Bright, doing a female-fronted taken some good justice for its PR route.